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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 Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

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’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

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

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