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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

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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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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