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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

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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