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The Harry Reid Show

Report the facts, not the drama, of the Roland Burris situation

As of this writing, it looks like Roland Burris, appointed to the Senate last week by embattled Illinois governor Rod... More

What the Red Cross Sees, the Media Still Can’t

Red Cross statement on Gaza conditions underscores lack of media access

This morning, most newspapers had some version of an account detailing an accusatory Red Cross report of conditions in Gaza.... More

War of the Words

How descriptions of Hamas shape our understanding of the Gaza conflict

As the extent of physical damage and human suffering in Gaza comes into sharper focus, one aspect of the current... More

The TV Doc as Surgeon General

Whose interests will Sanjay Gupta promote?

The president-elect has paged CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta and asked him to be the next surgeon general, a position that... More

Pressed to Speculate: On the Rockets from Lebanon

Headlines run wild on the second-front front

News reports early this morning reported that at least two rockets were fired today from Lebanon into northern Israel, prompting... More

Who Will Be at the Table Archive

Links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s series

Below, you will find links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s “Who Will Be at the Table” series, in descending... More

The Rage Will Be Televised

Al Jazeera and its imitators cover Gaza like no one else—but at what cost?

The scenes of gore are suffocating. On the floor of a Gaza hospital, an open-eyed youngster who looks no older... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part IV

The docs have escaped media scrutiny—so far

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

Minnesota Paper Jam

The Wall Street Journal gets its facts wrong

Kudos to Nate Silver at Fivethirtyeight for pointing out the flaws in The Wall Street Journal’s editorial about the Al... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Barney Frank, Benoit Denizet-Lewis, Benjamin Button, and others

Winners: Benoit Denizet-Lewis and Jeffrey Toobin. The second best political news for America after Barack Obama’s election as president is... More

A Laurel to the AP

For exposing one of Medicare’s biggest holes

The press has pretty much ignored Medicare over the past year, largely because the politicians have ignored it too. Media... More

Somalia: Quicksand, or Vital Interests?

The debate over Somalia should not be a proxy for partisan politics

Matthew Yglesias recently argued at The American Prospect: The Somali situation was, in many ways, improving as of two years... More

Government Transparency Takes a Hit

Agencies’ midnight rule changes may make it harder for FOIA requestors to get information

As one of the most secretive presidential administrations in history gets ready to close up shop, it’s closing a few... More

Report from the Tupperware Circuit, Part II

The public vents, the press takes notice

Before Christmas, we urged the press to cover the community meetings called by Obama’s health chief Tom Daschle in order... More

Best of 2008: Katia Bachko

Bachko picks her top stories from 2008

1. Suicide Watch "Correlation doesn't equal causation" is one of the most helpful ideas that journalists can borrow from the... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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