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New ProPublica Site Birddogs the Bailouts

The investigative outlet ProPublica has created a new site devoted to tracking the government bailouts. Called "Eye on the Bailout,"... More

Wish He Was a Baller

Friedman fumbles with last-minute call for a carbon tax

As virtually all of America knows by now, Tom Friedman is a big environmentalist. He loves nature, green things, responsible... More

A-Pirate Hunting We Go?

Bad-guy commentary is too easy, limits public discourse

Spike TV is really happy it has a pirate show in the works. After the dramatic rescue of Captain Richard... More

Above the Fold: Beltway Journalism, “Swallowed by an Hourglass”

It’s long past time to expand the spectrum of Sunday-show punditry

The more things change, the more Beltway punditry stays the same. If only the voters could change the composition of... More

What Hath Dog Wrought

Bo-bama, unleashing cable’s worst impulses

So. As you've undoubtedly heard, unless you spent yesterday under a rock or in a coma or some such, the... More

60 Minutes and The Nation Shine on Health Care

Two good stories that expose health care’s holes

Politicians and journalists take note. In the last several days, a segment on 60 Minutes and a personal story in... More

Hiding the Messenger

What’s Lewin’s pedigree anyway?

The big news in health care last week, at least for the cognoscenti, came from the Lewin Group. Lewin reported... More

WSJ Gives TARP Panel the Play It Deserves

Good for The Wall Street Journal for giving a nice run to an exclusive that the TARP oversight panel is... More

Obama and State Secrets? Shhh…

Silence breaking on key legal filing

Obama, like Bush, decides to limit what the courts and the people can know about warrantless wiretapping. Isn’t that a... More

Laurel to the Tampa Tribune

For adding a fresh dimension to the Medicare Advantage story

We were pleased to see the Tampa Tribune publish a smart, enterprising story that took a different angle on an... More

Now or Never

Does the president have to get everything done this year?

Last month, Media Matters documented that CNN and other outlets repeatedly wondered if President Obama was addressing too many issues... More

Class Dismissed

The ‘populist’ case against cap-and-trade is absurd

Historian John Steele Gordon, writing on Barack Obama’s economic policies in the April issue of Commentary, says that the president's... More

The Press Buries the TARP Overseer’s Report

The press has given short shrift to an important report by the Congressional Oversight Panel on the government's bailout efforts.... More

Painting by Polling Number

WaPo’s Gerson depicts wide partisan gap, misses bigger picture

Former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson has a column up at The Washington Post arguing that Obama isn’t delivering on his... More

ProPublica Wants YOU to Dig into Obama Records

ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative group, has rounded up a mother lode of Obama administration financial disclosures. They're asking readers to... 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


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

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”

Bloggingheads

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