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Edsall: ‘Newt Gingrich’s History is Fair Game’

And other thoughts on when the press should examine the private lives of public figures

Last week, at CNN’s “First in the South” debate in Charleston, Newt Gingrich ripped into moderator John King for beginning... More

Get Ready, Buckeyes—The Campaigns Are Coming!

Ohio’s political press prepares for the message war

OHIO — They’re coming. And the press in Ohio is starting to gear up. Ohio’s March 6 primary is just... More

Who is Sheldon Adelson? Florida Needs to Know

State’s newsrooms haven’t focused their resources on the super PAC story

FLORIDA — Who is Sheldon Adelson, and why does he matter to the presidential campaign? If you are a Florida... More

Waiting for Newt in Naples

Just because the candidate’s not there doesn’t mean there’s not a story

NAPLES, FLORIDA — It is late Tuesday afternoon in Naples, and a few thousand people have gathered around the Cambier... More

Voters to Press: Tell Us Where the Candidates Stand

In South Carolina, readers look to local papers for the basics

One of the main media frames for the 2012 presidential campaign is the way in which media frames are changing.... More

The Colorado Columnist on the Bus

A look at the Denver Post’s choice to send a liberal columnist (only) to cover a GOP primary

COLORADO — The Denver Post’s decision to send just one writer, Mike Littwin, to cover the New Hampshire GOP presidential... More

Jon Stewart Takes on Sebelius

What Madame Secretary didn’t say

Jon Stewart welcomed Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius to The Daily Show Monday night, and it was great... More

A Trail of Unexpected Costs on the Campaign Trail

Price-gouging in the primary states

My first visit to New Hampshire in this election cycle came just days before the Iowa caucuses. With most political... More

A State of the Union Media Prebuttal

Instead of overhyping the SOTU, here’s what reporters should do

NEW HAMPSHIRE—Tonight, President Obama will address Congress and the nation in his 2012 State of the Union address. The SOTU... More

Romney’s History on Medicare

How he came to accept “premium support”

CNN’s exit poll Saturday told us that abortion, the budget deficit, the economy, and illegal immigration were the top voter... More

Newt Gingrich, Media Critic

Primary night in South Carolina, Gingrich and supporters sound off on press

COLUMBIA, S.C. — All campaign long, Newt Gingrich has been known to knock the media, but at his victory party... More

What I Saw at the South Carolina Debate

Or, how campaign coverage is like industrial farming

SOUTH CAROLINA — The campaign media horde congregated in Charleston Thursday night for the Republican presidential debate, eagerly billed by... More

In South Carolina, Another Hospital/Journo Alliance

New twist, old problem

Gary Schwitzer at Health News Review raised a question about journalistic ethics the other day when he took a whack... More

A Day in the Life of South Carolina’s ‘Sic Willie’

How the Palmetto State’s most read, most ribald politics blogger goes about his work

SOUTH CAROLINA — On most days, you will find Will Folks, aka “Sic Willie”—South Carolina’s blogger provacateur, the prolific... More

Looking for Lessons in the Swift Boat Saga

Is Ohio’s press corps prepared for the 2012 campaign?

OHIO — In 2004, it was the Swift Boat ads. Today in Ohio, we’ve seen the Swift Beard ads. During... 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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