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Weapons of Mass Delusion

Joe Conason writing for Salon (subscription, or sitting through an annoying ad, required) has the scoop of the day. During... More

The Networks Go Around the Bend

Most of the questions asked in the official exit poll for the New Hampshire primary today are routine: Are you... More

Independents: Do They Really Hide from Pollsters?

Two star political reporters recently dropped the ball on the issue of measuring independent voters and their possible effect on... More

Thanks For Telling Us

John Glionna of the Los Angeles Times slips this quote into a piece on why Joe Lieberman's candidacy didn't catch... More

Exhuming the Lede

One downside to having a superstar reporter covering the race is that editors may be unwilling to mess with The... More

Is a Fact That Hard to Recognize?

Sometimes reporters are so used to be being spun that they don't recognize when they're simply being told the facts.... More

Questioning the Questioners

What was up with all those inane "gotcha" questions in last night's Democratic debate? For my money, this was the... More

Hogging the Spotlight

Did it seem to you that the four moderators spoke about as much as the candidates in last night's Democratic... More

The New Hampshire Expectations Bowl (Continued)

For days the press has been busily telling us who needs to finish where in the New Hampshire primary to... More

USA Today Takes the Extra Step

Here's a useful analysis by USA Today of the State of the Union, which looks closely at the president's words,... More

“If Only He Hadn’t Listened to … Me”

Sometimes the conventional wisdom forgets itself (or forgets what it was wise about). In a piece last October, Jodi Wilgoren... More

“News” We Could Have Done Without

Deep into his otherwise solid front-page New York Times analysis of last night's State of the Union speech, Todd Purdum... More

Times 1, Post 0

Compare these two analyses - one from The New York Times, the other from The Washington Post - of how... More

Not Quite Yet, Jodi

Here's how Jodi Wilgoren and Christine Hauser of The New York Times led off their Howard Dean story from New... More

“Oops — There ARE More Than Two Candidates”

The cover-your-butt reporting has begun even before the results of the Iowa caucuses are in. As recently as a week... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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