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My Apologies, Jackass

Dems bear brunt of “misspeaking” by TV news outlets

Kudos to The Wall Street Journal for being among the first to identify an interesting new development in the TV... More

McCain and Iraq

Press misses chance to engage a real policy debate on U.S. presence

Today’s big news is that, during an appearance on NBC’s “The Today Show”, John McCain said that the question of... More

Clinton’s Iraq Vote, Take II

NYT and its ‘experts’ confirm the important political lessons

Last week, I wrote about how the press, in its various post-mortems on the Clinton campaign, all but ignored Hillary’s... More

Turning Point: The Supreme Court

The court is political, and more than Roe v. Wade is at stake

This is part three of a series on the start of the 2008 presidential election’s general campaign. Links to the... More

What About Clinton’s Iraq Vote?

Press consumed with her poor strategy, not her poor choice in public office

Now that the Democratic primary fight is (finally!) over, we’re seeing a spate of postmortems from the press, analyzing how... More

Distorting Iran’s Nuke Program

Press should remind Obama, McCain about NIE report

Yesterday, McClatchy’s excellent Washington bureau published a piece by Jonathan Landay noting that both John McCain and Barack Obama, in... More

McCain’s Flawed Iraq Policy

Makes Al Qaeda the central villain, but reality suggests otherwise

What if one presidential candidate’s position on the most important issue at stake in the election was based on an... More

The Post on McCain’s Evangelicals

Lots of bark…but where’s the bite?

Ever since John McCain formally rejected the support of the controversial pastors John Hagee and Rod Parsley last week, I’d... More

Is Obama Experienced?

The press shouldn’t just repeat the criticism as fact

It has become clear that one of John McCain’s major lines of attack against Barack Obama will be that the... More

Parsing Parsley

ABC’s Brian Ross delivers on McCain’s “spiritual guide”

Good for ABC News and Brian Ross, who are finally giving Pastor Rod Parsley, an important Christian conservative ally of... More

Edwards As Working-Class Hero?

The polls don’t support the press’s narrative

The press is playing John Edwards’s endorsement of Barack Obama as giving the presumptive Democratic nominee a boost in attracting... More

Tapper Gets It Right

Eschews neutrality for truth on Boehner-Obama-Israel flap

Good for Jake Tapper of ABC News, for handling the fake controversy over Obama’s recent comments on Israel in exactly... More

Hillary’s Technical Truth

A small example of a much larger press problem

The Washington Post reports today that Hillary Clinton, still doggedly making her case, told West Virginia voters today: It’s a... More

The Obama Uncertainty Factor

David Broder points a finger at the wrong candidate

David Broder wrote yesterday: I’d like to know what kind of people Obama would bring into his White House and... More

Toobin Got It Right

But rest of TV news perpetuated a fiction in the service of suspense

As we all waited for those final results to come in from northwest Indiana last night, everyone on TV seemed... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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