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Enough With The Fake Controversies

Shaheen, Power, Ferraro stories are products of an endless news cycle

One of the weirdest things about this presidential race so far has been the campaigns’ increased ability to generate media... More

CNN’s Michigan Source

If it’s a Clinton supporter, this is spin posing as news

Over the last few weeks, the issue of what to do about Michigan and Florida has emerged as one of... More

McCain Gets His Facts Wrong

Will the press pay attention?

When a leading presidential candidate betrays a troubling ignorance of basic facts on the subject that he’s made the centerpiece... More

Op-Eds And Fact-Checking

Will Kristol’s gaffe prompt change in policy at NYT?

The New York Times has long given its op-ed columnists a virtual free hand, exempting their copy from the layers... More

Rod Parsley’s Free Pass

Jeremiah Wright gets torched, while McCain’s “spiritual adviser” offends with impunity

Both Barack Obama and John McCain have religious allies who have made controversial, and sometimes flat-out offensive, public statements. But... More

Which Way to the White House, WaPo?

Singer’s spin on PA perpetuated

Want proof that political reporters will blindly print campaign spin even when all sides know it's factually untrue? You're in... More

NYT’s “Momentucratic” Coverage?

What’s (not) on A1

Perusing the front-page of The New York Times this morning, one thing jumped out at me: the absence of a... More

On Clinton And Northern Ireland

NYTs delivers a classic he-said, she-said moment

In today’s New York Times, Katherine Seelye and Jeff Zeleny write that Senator Clinton’s “claims of helping to bring peace... More

The McCain-Hagee Connection

Why is the press ignoring this hate-monger?

More than a week after John McCain’s endorsement by the anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic pastor John Hagee, the media continues to give... More

McCain’s Shift on Iraq

Press ignored “swiftest possible conclusion” remark

The political press, distracted by Hillary’s comeback and Obama’s shift in strategy, seems to have missed—or largely ignored—what is arguably... More

Obama Can’t Win The Big States?

The argument makes no sense

Ever since Super Tuesday, when Hillary Clinton won California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and her home state of New York, one... More

New York Times, Tear Down This Wall!

The Bernard Kerik story is the gift that keeps on giving, with each day bringing another damaging revelation. The latest... More

Time to Build a Better Mousetrap

After Bernard Kerik's nomination to head the Department of Homeland Security imploded over the weekend, the conventional wisdom quickly developed... More

Clearing Things Up on Clear Skies

Greg Easterbrook, writing in The New Republic, argues that departing Environmental Protection Agency chief Mike Leavitt is moving to Health... More

USA Today: Whatever the White House Says

An editorial in this morning's USA Today argues that Bernard Kerik's withdrawal from consideration to be the next head of... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

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.”

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