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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

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

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