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Searching for Santorum

After his surge, it’s hard to find much needed coverage of who he is and what he wants

Here’s what we know about Rick Santorum: He wears sweater vests, at least when members of the media first noticed... More

Playing the Expectations Game in New Hampshire

The Union Leader creates an arbitrary threshold for Mitt Romney

NEW HAMPSHIRE — After finishing the Iowa caucus in a virtual tie with former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney... More

The Bloodying of PolitiFact

What is Medicare, anyway?

Now it’s my turn to weigh in on the “Lie of the Year,” the gimmick PolitiFact uses to highlight the... More

Assessing the Cordray Coverage in Ohio

Most papers missed a chance to go beyond the partisan rhetoric

OHIO —President Obama visited the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio Wednesday to tout his economic policy, but the press... More

Darts and Laurels

Univision, The Miami Herald, and Marco Rubio, the GOP’s rising star

In December 1987, federal police in Miami made their biggest drug bust of the year. Dubbed “Operation Cobra,” agents arrested... More

Lackluster Caucus Coverage in Florida

The Tampa Bay Times stands above the field

FLORIDA — By the end of this month, the contest for the Republican presidential nomination will move to the Sunshine... More

What the Fact-Checkers Get Wrong

The language of Politifact and its peers doesn’t match their project

In the waning days of 2011, Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking site, brought the wrath of the liberal blog world... More

When Elections Decide Nothing

The maddening inevitability of momentum

“The margin of victory is razor thin but a win is a win and Mitt Romney will take it.” -Nora... More

A Long Day—and Night—Covering the Caucuses

Patriotic popcorn, Google swag, and the ubiquitous Chuck Todd

DES MOINES, IOWA — On Tuesday, I spent more than 13 hours in the “official media hub” for the Iowa... More

A Good Payroll Tax Piece from the Post

Finally, some balance from WaPo

At last The Washington Post, which shaped much of the media coverage of the defcit and entitlement discussion last year,... More

Scene From Gingrich HQ on Caucus Night

A dozen reporters waited (and, waited)

DES MOINES, IOWA — In a ballroom at the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines last night, a dozen... More

You’ve Got (Candidate) Mail(ers)

A look at the direct mail deluge in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA — Perhaps you've heard non-Iowans grumble about the attention lavished on Iowa for its first-in-the-nation caucus. Residents... More

Best of 2011: Liz Cox Barrett

From Nevada to Paint Creek, Barrett picks her top stories from 2011

Unpacking Rory Reid’s 91 PACs Maneuver Where there are campaign finance laws, there are work-arounds. And Jon Ralston, as... More

The Post-Iowa Challenge

Providing information or constructing a narrative?

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Over the last week, much of the nation's political press corps has headed to Iowa to cover... More

A VIP Pass to Cover the Caucuses

Credentials offer access, amenities for a cost, but some reporters take a pass

IOWA — There are a lot of journalists in Iowa right now. But on Tuesday night, when results of the... 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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