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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

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group? - Journalists and scholars disagree about how much Islam, rather than politics and power, drives Muslim extremists

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins - The media mostly avoids Washington’s football team name


Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

Useful resources for journalists

Video shows Mexican drug lord paying journalists for ‘good press’ (Fusion)

“This video suggests that organized crime is trying to buy off journalists, creating a new brand of narco-journalism”

Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas, alarming First Amendment advocates (Oregonian)

“Under rules being finalized in November, a reporter who met a biologist, wildlife advocate or whistleblower alleging neglect in any of the nation’s 100 million acres of wilderness would first need special approval to shoot photos or videos even on an iPhone”

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

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