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Appearances Are Everything

The NYT notes McCain’s “aura of commander in chief”

Once the crisis in Georgia broke out late last week, it was inevitable that the campaign press would soon try... More

Comrade Obama?

Press fails to question McCain’s “Obama is a socialist” implication

Only in our screwy media culture can a candidate imply, on little evidence, that his opponent is a socialist, confident... More

Mr. Obama Goes To Baghdad

Do candidates have to visit Iraq before they can set a war policy?

Lately, John McCain and the GOP have been attacking Barack Obama for not having recently visited Iraq. (The RNC’s Web... More

MoDowd’s Obama Fixation

First his diet, now his sense of humor. She’s wasting her space and our time

Another day, another shockingly dumb column by Maureen Dowd in The New York Times. Dowd starts out by complaining that... More

Gramm Trackers

Despite liberal skepticism, media seizes on Phil Gramm’s remarks

When Phil Gramm’s comment—that we’re in only a “mental recession”, and that America is a “nation of whiners”—first became public... More

Social Distortion

McCain clarifies Social Security remarks, remarks remain confusing

Yesterday, we wrote about the media’s strange reluctance to cover John McCain’s recent assessment that the way in which Social... More

McCain vs. Accuracy, Round 17

McCain questions Social Security’s central premise, media doesn’t notice

Amid all the misplaced hand-wringing over whether Barack Obama has changed his position on Iraq (he hasn’t, though both candidates... More

“Attacking” McCain’s Military Record

What Wesley Clark really said; how the press missed it

So: The latest round of mock outrage—in a presidential race that has turned the tactic into an art form—now comes... More

Forced Neutrality II: Try Harder

Stop treating policy disputes as political squabbles

Yesterday, I wrote about the mainstream media’s tendency to cover policy differences only as he-said-she-said political controversies, without trying to... More

Facing Down “Forced Neutrality”

Why not have policy experts cover policy speeches?

In an online chat with readers this week, New York Times political editor Richard Stevenson was asked a question that... More

Howard Kurtz, Buck-Passer

Is Howard Kurtz a media critic at all? We ask because, yesterday, New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt used... More

CNN’s Attention Deficit

Does CNN understand the difference between the deficit and the national debt? Doesn’t look like it. Check out this exchange... More

A Cap By Any Other Name…

Mainstream press fails to call McCain’s “mandatory caps” gaffe

If a candidate for president unwittingly revealed, at a widely attended press conference, that he either didn’t understand a basic... More

Campaign Contretemps Covered Correctly

WaPo reporter digs into McCain campaign claims

If reporters are looking for a model for how to cover the daily barrage of charges and counter-charges launched by... More

Parsing “Unconditional Diplomacy”

Does John McCain know what the word “diplomacy” means?

Sometimes, the press can unwittingly redefine the entire political debate on an issue just through its choice of language. The... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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