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A Bet That Doesn�t Need to Be Hedged

In a story today about a lawsuit filed by automakers in hopes of getting a California fuel economy law struck... More

Nativity Proclivity

Both Time and Newsweek play to the moral values crowd with cover pieces that look at the development of the... More

The Birth of the Madison County Shill

Add this one to the ever-growing list of deceptive tactics that corporations, interest groups, and government agencies are using to... More

The Problem with John Tierney

By Zachary Roth The favored candidate to replace William Safire as the voice of conservatism on the New York Times... More

DeLay Tactic

Check out this paragraph from a report by Janet Hook in today's Los Angeles Times about the Republicans' congressional agenda:... More

Coddling vs. Character at the New York Times

The lead story in yesterday's "Week in Review" section of the New York Times, by John Tierney, uses the movie... More

Tim Jones on Gay Marriage, Evangelicals, and 1968

Tim Jones Tim Jones is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He spent the presidential campaign covering the state... More

Dumb and Dumber

The Daily Howler provides a well-deserved smackdown to Anne Applebaum of the Washington Post, who, in a column yesterday, argued... More

Which of These Things Is Not Like The Other: Unorthodox Views and David Broder

Minor blog-spat on the left: It began when Matthew Yglesias, writing on Tapped, declared that his "biggest fear about the... More

Broder De-coder

We don't often comment on political commentary. After all, a columnist's job is not to report, it's to argue a... More

Recriminations, Corrections, and Standing up to Scott Peterson

It's the last gasp (let's hope) of Democratic finger-pointing and recriminations, and Josh Marshall is going after the "aristocracy of... More

Grapefruits and Grapes

Part two of a series evaluating the media's performance during the 2004 campaign. By Zachary Roth As the election year... More

Campaign ‘04, R.I.P.

Everybody loves a winner, and that goes double for middle-of-the-road newsweeklies. Says Time, sounding like a Bush campaign ad: "When... More

Hindsight is 20/20

Last Sunday, Campaign Desk gave readers two parodies of day-after election stories (the basic Bush Won/Kerry Won pieces, filled with... More

Off the Money

Thanks to a reader for this one: Our latest entry in the always-popular unsupported lead contest comes from Dan Burns... 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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

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!

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