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Campaign Desk

Who’s Undercutting Obama?

For the moment, at least, it’s his press office

It’s 3 p.m. and the phone in the White House press secretary’s office is ringing. It rings and rings and... More

Laurel to The Oregonian

Health care miracles that aren’t

“Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles!” That pretty much describes the media’s approach to coverage of new drugs and medical... More

Past Perfect?

Obama’s Records Act order heartens historians

When President Nixon slunk out of the White House, he wasn’t exactly in a sharing mood. In his fight to... More

Obama Coverage Mad Libs

“Our D.C. coverage will be (fair and balanced; appearing on alternate Mondays; handled by our Los Angeles bureau)”

From: The Executive Editor To: All Hands The first days of the Barack Obama administration would seem to provide a... More

Q & A: Former McCain Blogger Michael Goldfarb

“I was a cudgel. I pissed off the media.”

Michael Goldfarb was the McCain campaign's deputy communications director-cum-media bodyguard, tasked by McCain's high command with bullying the press into... More

COBRA and Health Care Equity

It’s time for the press to connect some dots

Remedies for America’s diseased health system tend to come incrementally—an approach that doesn’t disrupt the status quo but never quite... More

Baucus Watch Archive

An archive of Trudy Lieberman’s “Baucus Watch” articles

Below, you will find links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s “Baucus Watch” series, in descending order. 10/02/09: Baucus Watch,... More

Arab Media Wars

Hamas, Fatah, and the Arab media world

ABU DHABI – Surf the blogs in the Arab world and you find a common theme: the Bush administration has... More

Baucus Watch, Part IV

Lobbyists in white hats

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus holds the keys to health-care reform; any health-care legislation must... More

Barack in the Ballroom

Dance critics assess the Obamas’ ballroom dancing skills

Watching coverage of the inaugural balls Tuesday night was at times like eavesdropping on a table of gushing bridesmaids at... More

Who Moved His Cheese?

There’s more to openness than a new Web site

In 1835, a New York dairy farmer sent President Andrew Jackson an unusual gift: a wheel of cheese weighing nearly... More

Day One: New FOIA Rules

Quick victory for transparency

Addressing his new White House staff in a ceremony this afternoon, President Barack Obama spoke repeatedly of the importance of... More

The Podium and the Mall

Penning lines about the inauguration, columnists look both ways

We have a new president. And after yesterday's inaugural festivities, op-ed columnists set to work to define what it was... More

Above the Fold: This Land Is Our Land

Obama’s inauguration was a celebration forty years in the making

“You sing it with us: we’ll give you the words.” –Pete Seeger, Washington, D.C., January 18, 2009 "The answer is... More

Seven Questions for Barack Obama

Congratulations, Mr. President. Now get to work.

As the inaugural crowds pack their bags and head home from Washington, suffused with the sense of having been part... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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