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Scandal!

Walter Shapiro’s Rough Rules for Responsible Mongering

I have been commenting on Washington scandals for nearly four decades--ever since the dead-drunk Wilbur Mills, the unduly lionized chairman... More

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Let’s get real about guns

Wanted: context and numbers. What would these reforms achieve?

In the three months since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, daily coverage of the gun issue has... More

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Can the media avoid inaugural over-hype?

A little over-emoting is inevitable, but there are some cliches we can do without

After Bill Clinton took the oath of office for the second time in 1997, a USA Today columnist burbled, "Clinton's... More

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How right is the (1st round of) CW about 2012?

As the retrospectives roll in, a debate unfolds about Obama’s early ads

Theodore White’s The Making of the President 1960 was published in hardcover in July 1961, a breakneck pace in an... More

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Needed: Sherpas to guide us through fiscal cliff panic

No one wants to hike middle-class rates, so why does some coverage pretend they might rise?

The Tax Policy Center—a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution—has a lineage that in Washington think... More

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The rush to handicap 2016: let’s not

“Dr. Politics” advice—avoid horse-race journalism, but bring on the well-reported profiles

Dear Dr. Politics, I am writing about a problem that has become as annoying as stores playing Christmas carols while... More

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What if there are fewer polls in 2016?

Is the editor-in-chief of Gallup’s warning a nightmare vision or… sort of beguiling?

As a feud, it does not rise to the level of Lyndon Johnson versus Bobby Kennedy or even Jack Benny’s... More

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Hope and change in unlikely places

Three cheers for campaign coverage from BuzzFeed and the Los Angeles Times

Channeling the Lord High Executioner in The Mikado, I’ve got a little list of those parts of 2012 coverage that... More

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What happened, anyway?

The election may be over, but the self-protective spin is not

Shortly after 11 p.m. (Eastern) on Election Night—with the polls still open only in Alaska—Mitt Romney aides were pleading with... More

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Three questions about campaign coverage

How the media can do better the next time around (Or, “NOW FOR THE HARD PART”)

COLUMBUS, OH — As America lurches towards Election Day like a ravaged water-logged creature from a 1950s horror flick, the... More

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The most potent spin: lies campaigns tell themselves

Plus: is a split between the popular vote and Electoral College really so rare?

DENVER — The dirty secret of campaign journalism for the next 11 days is that there is no way for... More

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How could voters still be undecided? Try asking them

Plus, why this veteran campaign correspondent is focused on swing-state polls

They may be the most publicly maligned minority group in America, a subset of the electorate that is ridiculed with... More

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Time to head to the track

With voting underway, there’s nothing wrong with providing the horse race coverage readers crave

DES MOINES — These days, the phrase “horse-race journalism” is often accompanied by the same sneering tone that 1950s intellectuals... More

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Debate advice: Turn off Twitter

To hear like a voter you have to listen

As we get ready for the Demolition Derby in Denver (aka the Mile High Mud Wrestle), I want to return... More

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Mitt-o-phobia

The real reasons for harsh Romney coverage

Call it the Curse of Clint. Ever since Clint “Empty Chair” Eastwood stepped onto the Republican convention stage, Mitt Romney... More

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How super are the super PACs?

A decades-old rule will give more clout to official campaign cash over the next two months, but reporters have barely noticed

Like a crime boss in a pinstriped suit who is now hailed as a pillar of the community, super PACS... More

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After Charlotte: baffled by the horse race

A provocative NYT article prompts an extra dose of journalistic humility

CHARLOTTE — During Barack Obama’s acceptance speech, I was simultaneously live-blogging for Yahoo News, tweeting my reactions (“The Lincoln line... More

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Read? Listen? Who has the time?

At political conventions, journalists get preliterate

TAMPA—Sitting in my motel room Thursday on the fringes of Tampa, maybe 20 miles and three weather systems away from... More

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In defense of convention coverage

Thoughts from a veteran political reporter who still gets butterflies

For me, the malady known as Convention Anxiety is a quadrennial affliction that begins around March of every presidential election... More

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What makes Mitt tick?

We need more tick-tock from the press pack about why Romney chose Paul Ryan

The faster-than-a-tweet, fleeter-than-a-sound-bite pace of the presidential campaign upends our basic conceptions of time and duration. It is disconcerting 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


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

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”

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

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