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Bring Us the Heads of “Karen Ryan” and “Alberto Garcia,” Cont’d

Yesterday, we highlighted a New York Times story revealing that the Bush administration sent out taped "news segments" praising the... More

Everyone’s a Media Critic

We've seen a few high-profile slip-ups by the mainstream news media recently, and to no one's surprise, the blogs are... More

Bring Us The Heads of “Karen Ryan” and “Alberto Garcia”

Television stations in Oklahoma, Louisiana and other states have aired "news" segments about the recently enacted Medicare law, featuring "reporters"... More

Taxing Our Patience

Kudos to Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times for highlighting a major slip-up by the press corps last week.... More

Going on Offense on Defense

The Democratic Party hasn't traditionally been known for its message discipline, but if the major left-leaning blogs are any guide... More

Some Like It Hot

Just as the conventional wisdom was forming that, long before November, voters will be sick of 24/7 coverage of a... More

Weasel Words

Check out this story that ran Tuesday on Fox News Channel and appears on FoxNews.com under the heading, "Flag on... More

Fuzzing Up the Facts on Fundraising

We did a double-take when we saw this headline on NYTimes.com: "Major Kerry Donors Actually Give More to Bush." In... More

Watching the Watchmen

Jack Shafer has an interesting piece on Slate about the new "rules of engagement" announced recently at both the Washington... More

A Comedy of Errors

Sometimes we find a problem with news stories we read. Occasionally we find two in the same piece. But Carson... More

Medicareless

In a story about Sen. John Kerry's promise to Florida seniors yesterday to "protect Social Security and Medicare," Jim Vandehei... More

Context Matters

Hats off to Geraldine Sealey, writing on Salon, who catches the New York Post in a flagrant distortion of written... More

You Could Look It Up

Does The Washington Post give its reporters a day-off from fact-checking on Fridays? That was what we were asking after... More

Of Elvis, Condoms, Walnuts and Arnold

We ran across this in an online column by Jeff Dvorkin, the ombudsman for NPR. A listener wrote Dvorkin concerning... More

Quote Machine

Close readers of The New York Times might have been puzzled today to run across one Diane Brewer, an interior... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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