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Blind Spot

Seeing Iraq through Uncle Sam’s eyes

Over the last five years, as I’ve consumed one dispatch after another from journalists embedded with U.S. soldiers in Iraq,... More

Out of Focus

How indie dogma undercuts the documentary

Recently, I attended a screening of the documentary Meeting Resistance, an inside look at the Iraqi insurgency. I was eager... More

The War Expert

Wrong, wrong, wrong again. But the media still want Ken Pollack

On July 30, as the debate over the Bush administration’s “surge” in Iraq was heating up, The New York Times... More

Memorial Day Mush

It’s time for the networks to get real about the war

As is their custom, the national TV news programs spent the Memorial Day weekend offering tributes to U.S. soldiers and... More

Missing Middle

That gaping hole in our national news report is called the Midwest.

In early January, more than 6,000 journalists from around the world descended on Detroit’s Cobo Center for the annual Detroit... More

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Why Fox is essential viewing

It’s a Republican barometer

The Republican convention brought more evidence of The New York Times’s soft spot for Fox News. On Friday, the paper... More

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Only in Limbaugh land could Martha Raddatz be a lefty

By this point, I thought there was nothing Rush Limbaugh could say that would surprise me, but he did with... More

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The media’s Internet infatuation

Much of the coverage makes claims “that are grand, outlandish, and ultimately unverifiable”

The New York Times finds the Internet, and the business and culture surrounding it, endlessly fascinating. When Marissa Mayer was... More

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Movie violence chic

The journalistic buy-in to Hollywood hype

In recent weeks, while watching baseball games, The Daily Show, and (I admit) some Seinfeld reruns, I saw what seemed... More

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Thomas Friedman’s fantasy America

Not telling it like it is

Thomas Friedman was delighted by the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the healthcare law. And he was positively thrilled... More

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The two David Carrs

A Times columnist rises to fame

Since joining The New York Times in 2002, David Carr has become America’s most visible and influential writer on the... More

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Dumb and dumber

How far can CNN sink?

In April, CNN recorded its lowest monthly ratings in more than 10 years. In May, it recorded its lowest monthly... More

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When watchdog meets lapdog

The Times’s kill list story should be followed up on the ground

The New York Times's report last week on the Obama administration's secret "kill list" of Al Qaeda suspects and the... More

The Accidental Correspondent

When war came to his home, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad found his calling

Few Western correspondents have a background as unique as Ghaith Abdul-Ahad’s. A native of Iraq at the time of... More

Libya and the Arab Street

What do ordinary Arabs think? Let’s ask them

On Wednesday, I went to hear Ayman Mohyeldin, the Cairo correspondent for Al Jazeera English, speak at the office of... More

Is This the Best You Can Do, NBC?

Network news hits a new level

Whenever I’m home at 6:30, I try to watch the evening news. Not out of any genuine desire—I rarely learn... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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