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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

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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