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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

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


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”

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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