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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

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


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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