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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

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

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

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’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


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.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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