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Moonlight and Valentino

Why are the media so clothes-minded when it comes to Palin?

He was drawn to her from their first meeting. He liked her and respected her and saw how charming she... More

Journos of the World, Unite!

Or, some basic ways to deal with McCain’s “socialism” claims

Listen up, all you hard-working Americans! If Barack Obama wins the presidency, get ready to have your hard-earned money snatched... More

The Plumber’s Tale

Alas, poor Joe, hapless victim of the media

The emails I occasionally receive from the McCain campaign aren't generally funny. Glorifying as they do the us-versus-them mentality that... More

Dear Fox News: Hip-Hop ≠ Obama Endorsement

Two things I know to be true: 1. This photo of Colin Powell, retired general, former Secretary of State, and... More

My Buddy, My Powell

Is there anything the political press loves more than a good mystery? Who will the candidates choose as their Veep... More

Joe the Plumber, McCain’s Imaginary Friend

SNL is at it again: More

Dave and Mac Kiss and Make Up

McCain and Letterman after the candidate famously snubbed the host during SuspendMyCampaignGate: Michael Calderone has the pool report from the... More

Tortured Reasoning?

You may have heard of Torturing Democracy, a documentary film exploring the Bush administration’s interrogation strategies and policies, written and... More

The Washington Sketch and the Debate: For Amber Waves of Grain

Ever wondered how campaign reporters spend their time while watching the presidential debates? Pretty much the same way you do.... More

There You Joe Again

In which the media miss the merit of an average Joe

Before last night's presidential debate, if I were to mention the phrase "Joe the Plumber" to you, the image you'd... More

Quixotic Signage of the Day: Ed in ‘08

On Hardball's pregame right now, a crowd of people--most of them, apparently, Hofstra students; almost all of them, judging from... More

The Obama Effect?

At another panel at the Time Warner Summit, TechPresident co-founder Andrew Rasiej, talking with his fellow panelists about the recent... More

Where’s the “Viable Discourse”?

At a panel at the Time Warner Summit this afternoon, Michael Eric Dyson, Amy Holmes, Charles Blow, and Smokey Fontaine... More

The “Left-Wing, Liberal Media”? They’re Totally in the Hank

Bad news for the media today: Hank Williams, Jr. doesn't like you. At least, if you're a member of the... More

Good MoJo

Kudos to Mother Jones for some great muckraking when it comes to Palin's foreign policy experience as Alaska governor. Not... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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