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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

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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