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There Is Bipartisan Consensus on Taxes

And it’s making it harder to close the deficit

With the congressional “supercommittee” unable to agree on a deal to cut the deficit, the theme of this morning’s coverage... More

Congress Nixes Climate Service

GOP lawmakers deny NOAA proposal to create central information hub

Congress has denied the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) bid to create a promising “one stop shop” for data... More

A Shoutout to MarketWatch

For a report that examined the future of long-term care

Last week, MarketWatch did the kind of report we have been urging the media to do on a subject they’d... More

Politicians and Penn State? Pass.

The presidential candidates have nothing to add to this scandal

Last night, Sarah Palin told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren that if it were up to her to deal with... More

Back to Watergate Era “Bags of Cash”?

NPR on what was illegal then is “fair game” now

“The pre-Watergate bags of cash are back,” declares MSNBC’s First Read this morning, pointing to a New York Times piece... More

It Wasn’t ‘Liberal Media’ That Froze Out Bachmann

And why the press is right to focus on the front-runners

Over the weekend, a media micro-controversy broke out: CBS News political director and Slate reporter John Dickerson wrote in an... More

A Laurel to the AP

For its eye-opening story on Social Security

The AP’s recent story on proposed changes in the derivation of Social Security’s cost of living (COLA) formula is the... More

At GOP Debate, Good Work by CNBC

Will the rest of the media take the opportunity to follow up?

There’s an obvious top story coming out of last night’s Republican presidential debate: Rick Perry’s “oops” moment, which reinforced a... More

After Perry’s Gaffe, a Silence

Coverage should make room for what he meant to say

It was “a cringe-worthy gaffe”, “a brain freeze”, “a political nightmare”, “a crash”, “an epic fail.” It “will likely go... More

Let’s Slow Down the Cain Train

Harassment charges are important. But so is so much else.

And so here we are, into the second week of Cain-demonium: the breathless reporting, speculating, and opining about the late-1990s... More

WaPo’s Misleading Social Security Piece

Article doesn’t come close to telling the whole story

By now we’re aware that The Washington Post supports serious changes in Social Security. In fact, the paper editorialized Friday... More

On Cain Story, Politico Had Grounds to Publish

Despite the story’s flaws

Jack Shafer and Stephen Engelberg haven’t changed their minds: Politico, they still believe, made a journalistic error when it decided... More

Live from the White House, it’s KETV

Obama goes local; local anchors land on the South Lawn

The news at KETV Wednesday afternoon was much as you would expect from an ABC affiliate in Omaha. Among the... More

The “Government Takeover of Health Care” Is Baaaack!

Chris Christie waves the bloody shirt

A “government takeover of health care” is back. At least it is in the mind of New Jersey governor Chris... More

AP Finds Republican Candidates MIA on Housing Debt

A presidential “ghost issue” demands further press attention

The Associated Press put out a good story over the weekend noting that many of the “jobs plans” being pushed... 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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