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Newsweak

Consider this passage from Howard Fineman's latest online dispatch for Newsweek on the current state of the campaign: This campaign... More

Moving Among the Hunters and the Hunted

By Zachary Roth Cleveland, Ohio -- Hosting the vice presidential debate last Tuesday seemed to be the biggest thing that's... More

Reporters Flunk a (Global) Test

In last week's presidential debate, John Kerry told Jim Lehrer that he would never involve the country in a pre-emptive... More

Facing Facts - At Last!

The most encouraging part of the press coverage of last night's presidential debate has been the sudden flurry of fact-checking... More

Admitting the Problem Is Half the Battle

As we gear up for tonight's showdown in the Sunshine State, it's not hard to identify the prevailing conventional wisdom... More

CNN Circles the Wagons on Polling

Disputes over polling techniques, once the exclusive province of statistic geeks and partisan bloggers, heated up and spilled over to... More

CBS: From Trigger Happy to Gun-Shy

CBS News will postpone a prepared segment questioning one of the Bush administration's rationales for invading Iraq, the New York... More

Fumble!

CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," aired at 7pm each night, has lately added a short segment called "Campaign Playbook." Cramming as... More

Clarify This

Thanks to a reader for this one. The Associated Press reports today: "President Bush suggested on Thursday that he wanted... More

One Reporter Left Behind

Covering a speech by President Bush in Latrobe, Penn., Raymond Hernandez of The New York Times this morning writes, "Mr.... More

Setting a Low Bar

Yesterday Mickey Kaus, writing on Slate, referred to "this week's coming CW [conventional wisdom] sigh of relief that the campaign... More

Fixing Democracy, Flies on the Wall and Flirting in French

Newsweek's political reporters are good at coming up with details that seem to offer readers a fly-on-the-wall glimpse inside the... More

Dick Cheney, Dennis Hastert, Bill Schneider - Three Peas in a Pod?

At a campaign rally on Saturday with Vice President Cheney, House Speaker Dennis Hastert declared that al Qaeda "would like... More

Fueling the Debate

James Ridgeway of The Village Voice makes a glaring error in his column urging John Kerry to just be himself.... More

Unused Tools

David Sanger of The New York Times obviously hasn't bookmarked Factcheck.org. If he had, with the flick of a finger... 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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