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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

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”

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