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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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