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Keeping the Facts Straight on Gay Marriage

Over the weekend, The New York Times erred on a key aspect of an issue that could be crucial in... More

Conspiracy Theories and Immune Systems

John Hood, writing on the National Review blog, "The Corner," suggests that there's been a sinister agreement between the Kerry... More

Blogs and Journalistic Ethics

Here's an exchange between Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos and Zachary Roth of Campaign Desk, sparked by Roth's criticism of... More

Meet the (Virtual) Press

Editor's note: Today, we launch a brief, daily summary of notable commentary from the political blogosphere. You'll be able to... More

Those Loopy Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theory! Quick, what goes through your mind? That LBJ was behind JFK's assassination, at the behest of Texas oilmen?... More

Blogs Gone Wild: Exit Poll Leak Becomes a Gusher

Campaign Desk is starting to feel like the indignant moralist who loudly informs everyone within earshot that there is nudity... More

What Part of “Until the Polls Close” Don’t You Understand?

We thought the rule was pretty clear. After the Florida fiasco in 2000, in which CBS News' Dan Rather called... More

Positively Negative

Just like all those Iowa voters, David Broder seems to have fallen for the boyish charm of Sen. John Edwards.... More

The Post’s Phantom Polls

Thanks to an alert reader for this one. Deborah Orin of the New York Post opens her story today by... More

Kerry’s Campaign Slips One by Tim Russert

Welcome back. Now that you know what we've suspected all along -- that Campaign Desk is at least as interesting... More

Letting Kerry Off the Hook

Katharine Seelye and David Halbfinger were too kind to John Kerry in their account of last night's debate. In today's... More

Brokaw Bobbles a Couple

The usually fair and straightforward Tom Brokaw went astray a few times in the course of moderating last night's Democratic... More

Be Careful What You Link To

Tip to Howard Kurtz: If you're going to link to an article, read the whole thing. In his WashingtonPost.com column,... More

Note to Staff: Connect the Dots

In the wake of the big shakeup in his campaign organization, is Gov. Howard Dean still at odds with his... More

Say What?

Slate's Will Saletan, whose coverage of the campaign so far has been excellent, trips up here. Saletan notes that Howard... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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