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Braving the Front Lines - In Turkey and New York City

Q: When is a photo of Baghdad not a photo of Baghdad? A: When it’s Turkey. Plus, Hugh Hewitt shows the bravery of a true stateside blogger.

Bloggers are raising questions about the authenticity of a photo -- purportedly of a Baghdad street -- posted on the... More

Jack, George, Don and Caitlin

U.S. News and TNR look at Bush’s “CEO administration,” while others reminisce about Jack Abramoff and dig in to the psychology of writer Caitlin Flanagan.

We find yet another chapter in the ongoing Jack Abramoff saga in this week's Weekly Standard, where writer Mark Hemmingway... More

War Zones, Real and Virtual

Today in the ‘sphere, the debate over Ben Domenech’s “Red America” flameout continues, and Lara Logan draws praise for her spirited defense of the reporting being done in Iraq.

The fallout from the newest young plagiarist to be exposed -- Ben Domenech -- and his resignation from the Washington... More

All of a Sudden, It’s a Great Job Market for Wingnuts

The Washington Post’s new conservative blogger makes us wonder about the paper’s motivation for hiring him –- and about how newspapers cover conservatives.

Simple fixes are rarely good fixes. Case in point is the Washington Post, which has admirably jumped into the world... More

The Man Who Knew Too Little and Wrote Too Much

Jon Friedman occupies a singular place in the world of media criticism - we’re just not sure what it is.

Media critics are a strange lot. They're often better writers than they are reporters -- which may be why they... More

It’s Not Nice to Fool Fred Friendly - or Someone Playing Him in a Movie

As long as the ends justify the means, and Arianna Huffington gets some free publicity out of the deal, all’s well in her backslapping celebrity blog bubble.

The Arianna Huffington / George Clooney blog flap is still alive and simmering, mainly because of Huffington's post of yesterday,... More

Is That a Snapple Ron Burgundy Is Slurping On?

Product placement, which before seemed to be confined to sitcoms and movies, has moved into the newsroom.

Local television news is very much in the news today, and things aren't looking so good. First, the Hollywood Reporter... More

Paint-by-Numbers Reporting on the Feingold Story

The coverage of Senator Russ Feingold’s proposal to censure President Bush has been pretty weak. Anyone paying attention?

It would be counterproductive for us to try to tell reporters and editors what to cover and how to cover... More

The Conservative Crackup, and Iced Lattes in Iraq

Pundits ponder the foreign policy of both parties (or lack thereof), while The Weekly Standard brings us poolside coverage from Iraq.

In this week's National Review, Rich Lowry writes about what he terms "To Hell With Them Hawks" Republicans. "These are... More

Right Story, Wrong Headline

This Wall Street Journal story delivers something more interesting than the headline promised.

Interesting headline on the front page of the Wall Street Journal today, but one that almost seems like it was... More

A Swarm of Bloggers

A conference on blogging and politics reveals that blogs are increasingly serving as important political tools, but nobody seems to understand how, or why.

I may be woefully behind in my understanding of the blogosphere's collective will, but one thing I took away from... More

Poli Wonks Meet Tech Wonks

This week at the “Politics Online” conference at Georgetown University, the usual suspects churned out the usual arguments about blogs, politics, and the media.

The funny thing about conferences dealing with the blogosphere is that the more of them there are, the more everything... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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