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SNL’s Debate Send-Up (The Early Edition)

Saturday Night Live--the latest outlet, it seems, to fall victim to the blink-and-you-miss-it speed of the contemporary political news cycle--has... More

Politicians and the Press: A Long History of Love and Hate (and Especially Hate)

From the "alas, 'twas always thus" department: PEJ turns in a brief but interesting study of the long history of... More

Rule #1 of Direct Democracy: Don’t Hassle the Hoff

Barack Obama, having apparently decided that all the glowing press reports about The Imminence of His Victory and everything won't... More

Panic! At the Newsroom

The Daily Show lampoons Fox News's unique take on The Great Panic of 2008. That panic is not economic: More

Ayers Supply

How should the press be covering the resurgence of Bill Ayers?

Last Sunday, The New York Times fronted a 2,150-word article about Barack Obama's association with Bill Ayers, co-founder of the... More

Take a Letter, Noam Scheiber…Address It to “Dear Friends”…

Noam Scheiber has done it again. This time, the Palin-phernalia he's dredged up in his reporting about the political history... More

McAnger: A Photo Essay

Today’s papers put the ‘icky’ in ‘Mavericky’

So I couldn't help but notice a weird little trend among the stories summarizing last night's presidential debate. The trend... More

Trust the Facts, Ma’am

From the “it’s not too much to ask” department: truth-squadding during the nets’ debate specials

On CNN last night, as a tired-looking David Gergen was decrying, in a dull monotone, his assessment of the second... More

And Then, Suddenly, We Were All Guilty by Association

On yesterday's post-debate episode of Hannity and Colmes--Live From The Spin Room!--Sean and Alan hosted Obama communications director Robert Gibbs.... More

Norquist: “McCain is Reagan”

…and other absolutely shocking revelations

Isn't it refreshing when ideologues and partisans, discussing a particular political event, actually end up offering insight into that event... More

Katie and Sarah, Round 793: In Which All the Awkwardness Enters Our Lives Anew

There is a very real chance that the Katie Couric/Sarah Palin interview--"the gift that keeps on giving" to some; "the... More

The Whole Kit and Ca-doodle

The New Republic's Noam Scheiber makes a find that demonstrates why those time-honored journalistic mandates—"go there," "check it out," "gather... More

Breaking: Pope Says Wall Street Doesn’t Exist! Kinda!

We expend a lot of energy decrying pontification on cable news, in the op-ed pages of the major papers, in... More

Veeps and Bounds

A couple months ago, when Veepstakes speculation was at its inane/pointless/baffling height, Campaign Desk asked a favor of the press:... More

A Higher Register

Triumph beats truth in today’s spate of voter-registration stories

Today is the deadline, in nineteen states, for residents to register to vote in the presidential election that will take... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

On the ground in Aleppo (Syria Deeply)

Francesca Borri on reporting from a razed city

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