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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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