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Wizard of Odds

Karl Rove’s Fox News debut

You know that climactic scene in The Wizard of Oz, when Toto pulls back the curtain to reveal that the... More

“Vote-zilla!”

MSNBC takes ‘Monster Super Tuesday’ a little too literally

It begins with thumping, bass-heavy music, and a shot of two men, cowering and pointing up. Suddenly they scream: “VOTE-ZILLA!”... More

“McCain Lies His Ass Off”?

Florida, Simi Valley, and The Real World

This is the true story of four candidates picked to stay in the race and have their lives taped. Find... More

Ay, There’s the Snub

Clinton, Obama, and the silly story du jour

It took, this time, less than two hours for the name to fix the narrative. On Monday at 11:30 p.m.,... More

Clinton-ex-Camelot

Kennedy and Clinton: he’d grown accustomed to her face?

Last night was President Bush’s last-ever State of the Union speech. Today is Florida’s crucial GOP primary. So what dominated... More

No, No, NOW

The women’s org lashes out at Kennedy

Earlier today, The Albany Times-Union’s State Editor, Jay Jochnowitz, posted this report on the paper’s Capitol Confidential blog: “The National... More

Desperately Seeking Soundbite

Russertism strikes again

It was supposed to be Fight Night. It was supposed to be a dukes-out, all-out, no-punches-pulled Epic Battle in which... More

Gang of Four

Everybody hates Mitt?

Add another piece to the ever-expanding “journalism loves a good fight story” file: today’s much-buzzed-about New York Times article, “Romney... More

Fred Thompson’s Tall Order

The candidate, the press, and the way we were

It started, as most relationships do, with high hopes, romantic idealization—and even willful ignorance. Admiring his machismo, his gravitas, his... More

Fight Club

The most contentious debate = the highest-rated debate. Coincidence?

So it looks like Monday night's CNN Democratic debate was the most-watched presidential primary debate in cable news history. Wow.... More

Heath Ledger and the Web

The MSM played catch-up

Radar magazine broke the news first, on its Web site, at 4:36pm: We're hearing a totally crazy rumor that Heath... More

Where’s Education? Part II

The fierce urgency of…when?

Bob Herbert has an important piece in today’s New York Times. It addresses, in as much depth as 825 words’... More

Announcing Last Night’s Rashomon Awards

Today’s Oscar announcement? It’s got nothing on the ‘Demmys’

And the winners are… Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama! The candidates swept the Distracting Sideshow category of last night’s CNN/Congressional... More

The Reagan Myth, Redux

Krugman goes cherry-picking

Broken-record request of the day: Context. Please. In today’s New York Times, Paul Krugman weighs in on what he calls... More

No Need to Apologize, AP

A reporter gets loud, and we like it

It’s a little disconcerting when the AP reports, in its third-person voice and dispassionate tone, about itself. You can’t help... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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