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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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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