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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

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


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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