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Sunday Watch 11-02-08

In which the guesswork pageant flutters to an end

Halloween was over but revelers were still in costume Sunday morning. Pundits-in-chief appeared confident that they had served the American... More

Sunday Watch 10-26-08

In which weariness strikes

The campaign has lasted as long as a rhinoceros stays pregnant, but at the end, for both candidates, will come... More

Sunday Watch 10-19-08

In which Colin Powell is a statesman

My dictionary offers this definition of statesman: “a senior politician who is widely respected for integrity and impartial concern for... More

Sunday Watch 10-12-08

In which false equivalency struts its fraudulent stuff

Tom Brokaw is rapidly making up for lost air time by building premises on sand. Conventional wisdom piles atop conventional... More

Sunday Watch 10-5-08

In which Tom Brokaw goes foxy

Sometimes it’s hard to know when Tom Brokaw is actually gauche or playing gauche; actually ironic or ironizing his own... More

Sunday Watch 9-28-08

In which George Stephanopoulos shies away from moments of truth

In a democratic society, what is the point of questioning a candidate or any other powerful figure? When the network... More

Sunday Watch 9-21-08

In which a whole world view collapses with little notice

“It began,” Secretary of the Treasury Czar Hank Paulson told George Stephanopoulos, “with excesses in the system, irresponsible behavior and... More

Sunday Watch 9-14-08

In which Sarahmania subsides and the unmentionable is mentioned

The possibility that Sarah Palin may well find herself one proverbial heartbeat away from the presidency has flushed out a... More

Sunday Watch 9-7-08

In which the round table coos

If Sarah Palin’s nomination kindled a certain skepticism among the talking heads last week, this week’s rousing St. Paul speech... More

Sunday Watch 8-31-08

In which skepticism revives (but not for everyone)

The week served up an embarrassment of riches for the Sunday shows. There were, of course, Denver developments: the Clintons’... More

Sunday Watch 8-24-08

In which house dwellers throw stones

George Stephanopoulos tried to get chief Obama strategist David Axelrod to say something­—anything—interesting about the Biden choice, but Axelrod was... More

Sunday Watch 8-17-08

On air kisses and free passes

Once again, ABC This Week’s roundtable tilted off-center, even without semi-regulars Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts to do the honors.... More

Sunday Watch 8-10-08

The question mark over the networks

On Meet the Press Sunday, David Gregory told his political round table: The big question…on the campaign trail is readiness... More

Sunday Watch 8-3-08

In which David Gergen collides with the Straight Talk Express and walks away from the wreck

ABC’s This Week began with the same montage that every other broadcast has featured this week: the clips of Britney... More

Sunday Watch 7-27-08

In which McCain is not greeted as a liberator

Several of McCain’s utterances in his first interview with George Stephanopoulos since April deserve, as they say, to “make news”—to... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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