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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

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

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

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

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.”

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

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