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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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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

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