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Talk of the Town Hall

How the media covered yesterday’s online town hall

As we noted yesterday, Barack Obama’s online town hall prompted some interesting questions from the in-person audience, and (to a... More

WaPo Scoop Shows Government’s Bailout Conflicts

The Washington Post fronts a pretty big scoop on friction at Freddie Mac caused by its untenable straddling between responsibility... More

Professor Obama

The press goes for style over substance on the press conferences

In a remarkable show of consensus, news outlets from The O’Reilly Factor to NPR all landed on one word—professorial—to describe... More

Journal’s Good Effort on the Immigration Backlash

The Wall Street Journal has a really good story today on the government discouraging companies from hiring foreign workers. First... More

The ‘Professor’ Calms the Crowd

Press works (and reworks) the outrage narrative

Last week saw a massive buildup of stories about public outrage at the AIG bonuses and Obama’s attempts—through a slew... More

Mission Accomplished?

Why the AFT’s compromise won’t end the education wars

Perhaps because it is inherently a little dull, the world of education policy likes to liven up its policy disputes... More

NYT Sues Fed and Treasury

A tip of the hat to The New York Times for filing a lawsuit against the Federal Reserve and the... More

Live-Blogging Obama’s Online Town Hall

Starting 11:30 AM EST

In the comments section of this post, starting now. More

Holder Has A New FOIA Policy

Will he apply it to old cases?

Last Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced new guidance giving Freedom of Information Act requesters broader access to government records.... More

President Leaves Reporters & Commentators “Restless,” “Bor[ed]”

Roundup of presidential press conference reports

Was it really a surprise to reporters at both the LA Times and the New York Times that President Obama... More

Insurers Have a New Idea

Is it really for real?

The AP moved a story yesterday afternoon reporting that members of two health insurance trade associations, America’s Health Insurance Plans... More

What Are Insurers Up To?

It depends on whose story you read

Two views of the insurance industry lobby emerged in the press the last couple of weeks—one an AP puff piece... More

Live-Blogging Blago’s Radio Show

Until 11 AM EST

In the comments section of this post. Listen in with us, right now, on Chicago's WLS-AM. More

Play the “Blago in the Morning” (Coffee) Drinking Game!

Rod on the radio

Granted: former governor Rod Blagojevich's guest-hosting, today, of “The Don Wade & Roma Morning Show” is weird and baffling and... More

Live-Blogging Tonight’s Presidential Press Conference

CJR staffers will be live-blogging tonight's presidential press conference (airing at 8pm on all major networks, and streaming live on... 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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