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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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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