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Stale Voices on ‘Mission Accomplished’

Why no war opponents in the NYT’s op-ed feature?

Yesterday, to mark the five-year anniversary of President Bush declaring “Mission Accomplished,” the New York Times op-ed page asked nine... More

MoDowd’s Dubious Sourcing Standards

Who is her “Hillary Democrat” and why does he/she get to bash Obama with impunity?

A few years ago, The New York Times made an admirable move to cut down on its use of anonymous... More

AP Buys GOP Spin on McCain

Wire blows it on Dem’s “100-year” war ad

Oh man, talk about getting spun! It doesn’t get much worse than this, from The Associated Press. Earlier this month,... More

LAT Shows ABC News How It’s Done

Urges candidates to call reporters on trivial nonsense

During the recent Debate Over The Debate, one of the arguments marshaled by ABC News’s defenders was that, by this... More

Why David Broder Annoys

Damn it, man, make your case!

Here’s what annoys me about David Broder. Midway through a pretty anodyne column about how the ongoing Obama-Clinton contest is... More

Pennsylvania Changed…

Nothing. But cable news’s need to hype overrides reality

So, where are we after the epic seven-week-long, make-or-break campaign for Pennsylvania? About the same place we were before it.... More

Kurtz Stays Above The Fray

WaPo media critic’s silence on ABC’s Debate Debacle

ABC News’s handling of Wednesday night’s debate has, of course, been greeted with near universal outrage. In a story headlined... More

Little Orphan MoDowd

Bittergate brings the press’s paupers out of their townhouses

Since BitterGate got going last week, we’ve had a spate of unintentionally hilarious attempts by Washington- and New York-based pundits... More

McCain and Global Warming

NYT says it’s “central” to his campaign. Since when?

Reporting on John McCain’s proposal for a “gas-tax” holiday this summer as a way to boost the struggling economy, laid... More

Samantha Power Goofed Again

Canadian reporter was right to publish her words

So it looks like erstwhile Obama adviser Samantha Power, for the second time in just over a month, has said... More

McCain Not So Torn on Foreign Policy

NYT’s piece balances a decidedly imbalanced reality

According to today’s New York Times, two competing factions within the Republican party’s foreign policy community—the neoconservatives and the pragmatists—are... More

What’s Missing in Petraeus/Crocker Coverage

Public sentiment on Iraq and the way forward

Looking through the major print coverage of General Petraeus's appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning, something jumped... More

Katie, Al, and the Internet

CBS News’s astonishingly obtuse report

Okay, we thought the only people left who still believe that Al Gore actually lied about creating the Internet could... More

MoDowd’s One Move

Her characterization of Obama as “effete” shows she hasn’t been paying attention

Back in November 1997, in a column about the Clinton administration’s foreign policy, Maureen Dowd wrote the following: Even with... More

The U.S., Iraq, and 100 Years

Press needs to call Obama on distortion of McCain’s statement

Ever since John McCain said at a town hall meeting in January that he could see U.S. troops staying in... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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