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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

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


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.”

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

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