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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

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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