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We Know What You Did Last Summer

Comes now an incisive dose of the conventional wisdom on the Democratic primaries . . . circa August 2003. Unfortunately,... More

Dean: This Week’s Pi�ata

Have you been getting the feeling that, as the Iowa caucuses bear down upon us, the campaign press has been... More

ABC: An Example of Abuse

By Zachary Roth What was ABC News smoking? That's what a lot of people (including Mickey Kaus) are asking today... More

Dr. Dean, Meet the Press

By Zachary Roth Does the political press have a vested interest in slowing down the Howard Dean juggernaut? After all,... More

Look Inside the Bush Mindset

By Zachary Roth In an extraordinary piece in the Jan. 19 New Yorker, Ken Auletta explores the Bush administration's deeply-held... More

Is Romneycare a Success or a Failure?

Don’t ask Politico

If you're looking for a news story that exemplifies what so many people find both engaging and infuriating about Politico,... More

Seeing FOX for What It Is

News Corp donations mandate reevaluating the network’s role

Will this week mark the beginning of a new phase in the way that Fox News is perceived by the... More

Media Critic In Chief

Obama on FOX and objectivity

President Obama used his interview with Rolling Stone to open a new offensive in the White House's verbal war with... More

Kurtz Stays Silent on Peretz

Washington Post media critic avoids controversy, again

Earlier this summer, when Helen Thomas said Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and return to Germany, among... More

The Senator in Full

The press must fight the impulse to whitewash Ted Stevens’s record

The Associated Press confirmed this afternoon that former Alaska senator Ted Stevens has died in a plane crash in his... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

Bloggingheads

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

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