The takeaway is that Palin is still a magnetic figure for reporters and, likely for viewers who couldn’t get enough of her during the campaign. And that means that Politico’s conquer-the-Web ambition—and our continued fascination with the Palins—will keep the Alaska governor in the news. But, as we saw during the campaign, Palin proved too complex and contentious a character for the press to cover as merely a straightforward politician. Yesterday’s pieces are a poor indication that Palin coverage will ever be anything other than polarizing. Please, let’s try to do better.
01:49 PM - April 17, 2009
A Tale of Two Palins
Politico and the NYT offer conflicting assessments of the Alaska governor
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“[A]s flagrant an assault on civil liberties as anything done by George W. Bush’s administration”
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A future where writers can gain wealth through a “freelance economy”
She replies she’s an atheist
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.