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Newsweak

Consider this passage from Howard Fineman's latest online dispatch for Newsweek on the current state of the campaign: This campaign... More

Moving Among the Hunters and the Hunted

By Zachary Roth Cleveland, Ohio -- Hosting the vice presidential debate last Tuesday seemed to be the biggest thing that's... More

Reporters Flunk a (Global) Test

In last week's presidential debate, John Kerry told Jim Lehrer that he would never involve the country in a pre-emptive... More

Facing Facts - At Last!

The most encouraging part of the press coverage of last night's presidential debate has been the sudden flurry of fact-checking... More

Admitting the Problem Is Half the Battle

As we gear up for tonight's showdown in the Sunshine State, it's not hard to identify the prevailing conventional wisdom... More

CNN Circles the Wagons on Polling

Disputes over polling techniques, once the exclusive province of statistic geeks and partisan bloggers, heated up and spilled over to... More

CBS: From Trigger Happy to Gun-Shy

CBS News will postpone a prepared segment questioning one of the Bush administration's rationales for invading Iraq, the New York... More

Fumble!

CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," aired at 7pm each night, has lately added a short segment called "Campaign Playbook." Cramming as... More

Clarify This

Thanks to a reader for this one. The Associated Press reports today: "President Bush suggested on Thursday that he wanted... More

One Reporter Left Behind

Covering a speech by President Bush in Latrobe, Penn., Raymond Hernandez of The New York Times this morning writes, "Mr.... More

Setting a Low Bar

Yesterday Mickey Kaus, writing on Slate, referred to "this week's coming CW [conventional wisdom] sigh of relief that the campaign... More

Fixing Democracy, Flies on the Wall and Flirting in French

Newsweek's political reporters are good at coming up with details that seem to offer readers a fly-on-the-wall glimpse inside the... More

Dick Cheney, Dennis Hastert, Bill Schneider - Three Peas in a Pod?

At a campaign rally on Saturday with Vice President Cheney, House Speaker Dennis Hastert declared that al Qaeda "would like... More

Fueling the Debate

James Ridgeway of The Village Voice makes a glaring error in his column urging John Kerry to just be himself.... More

Unused Tools

David Sanger of The New York Times obviously hasn't bookmarked Factcheck.org. If he had, with the flick of a finger... 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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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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