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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

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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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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