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So Much Promise, So Little Delivery

Here's another example of a New York Times story that promises something in the lede, then fails to deliver. (Remind... More

Trading Mistakes

Last week, Adam Nagourney of The New York Times wrote that in an interview with Times editors and reporters, Sen.... More

What Did Kerry Say?

The Democratic race has been relatively "issue-free" to date. Maybe that's why when the candidates do get bogged down in... More

Right Direction, Wrong Numbers

Three more reporters have in recent days fallen into the trap on the Bush administration's job numbers that the editors... More

Getting Kerry Wrong on Gay Rites

Thanks to an alert reader for this one. Several cable news networks made the same crucial slip-up yesterday in representing... More

Significantly Misleading

Here's an example of a lede that promises something that the subsequent story doesn't quite provide -- and that in... More

AP Takes an Unwarranted Leap

Consider this description from the second paragraph of the Associated Press' account of President Bush's speech at a fundraiser yesterday:... More

Poll Tax

By Zachary Roth The story of polls, the press, and Tuesday's Wisconsin primary is not a pretty one, and there... More

“Unaligned”? We Don’t Think So.

Did anyone else notice that Steve Murphy, who was Dick Gephardt's campaign manager before Gephardt quit the race after getting... More

Not So Fast

In today's New York Times, Adam Nagourney and Jodi Wilgoren write: "Dr. Dean was preparing to return to his home... More

Did These Guys Watch the Same Debate?

Maybe it was just a wardrobe malfunction, but there seems to be some confusion about the status of the Democrats'... More

Keeping the Facts Straight on Gay Marriage, Part Trois

As the campaign progresses, the hotly-disputed language of the proposed federal amendment on gay marriage is bound to become an... More

Drudgery

How some of the major blogs have reacted to the Kerry rumors: Josh Marshall: Completely ignores it. He's still writing... More

Keeping the Facts Straight On Gay Marriage, Part Deux

The New York Times slipped up again today on the details of a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. As... More

Flight Schools and Ketchup

Calpundit -- who doesn't see a problem with the early release of exit polls -- continues to lead the pack... 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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