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

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


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.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

Bloggingheads

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

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