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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

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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

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