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NBC: Facts Check In, But They Don’t Check Out

Yesterday, we gave a failing grade to NBC News' attempt to "fact check" political ads attacking President Bush. Last night,... More

Checking Out When It Comes to the Facts

Last night, Campaign Desk was excited to see NBC announce a segment fact-checking the latest political ads. But the network's... More

Tax and Bend

This piece by Pete Yost of the Associated Press must be music to President Bush's ears. After describing a speech... More

Anonymous Rears His Ugly Head

In a Newsweek Web-exclusive column, Richard Wolffe attempts to make the case that John Kerry's campaign has reacted skillfully to... More

Rove Calls, CNN Salutes, We Grow Weary

We really, truly, honestly, all kidding aside, did not declare this "Pound On CNN Week" here at Campaign Desk. But... More

Inside Baseball

Who'da thunk it? Campaign Desk tips its hat to a story from the sports section. The piece, by Jon Sawyer... More

CNN Cracks Down - on CNN

There was one bright spot to come out of the recent Karen Ryan video news release tumult. A week ago,... More

Missing the Forest for the Trees

Gladdening the hearts of Democrats everywhere, the Associated Press reported today that John Kerry and Ralph Nader will meet next... More

Where They Stand

By Zachary Roth By this stage in the campaign, we know that President Bush views Sen. Kerry as a "flip-flopper",... More

CNN: Spinning PR Into News

By Zachary Roth Last week, as everyone knows by now, The New York Times reported that numerous local television stations... More

Raising McCain

Ryan Lizza, writing on his New Republic blog, highlights comments made yesterday by Sen. John McCain, which, as Lizza puts... More

Karen Ryan: “I Feel Like Political Roadkill”

There's been a little confusion lately in both journalism and politics over the burning question: Who the hell IS Karen... More

Time to Check your “Checks and Balances”

This whole video-press-release-disguised-as news-clip issue isn't going away. As we noted yesterday, a number of small-market local stations have been... More

Ad Nauseam

Andrew Sullivan thinks MoveOn's new ad attacking Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is "not entirely fair, since "Rumsfeld never said that... More

Troops, Lies and Videotape

Tim Graham, writing on National Review's The Corner, criticizes John Harris of the Washington Post for this line in his... 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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