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Once Again, No Housing Questions for Obama

White House press corps doesn’t follow up on ProPublica story

Much of President Obama’s press conference earlier today was devoted to the latest partisan fight in DC over the American... More

CJR Holds a Town Hall in Nebraska

Obama’s disconnect with the voters

In a recent column for The Washington Post, Richard Cohen recounted how FDR cried when he learned that children living... More

New Yorker on Art Pope’s “Singular Influence Machine”

North Carolina, Jane Mayer writes, is a “state for sale”

Just over a year ago, The New Yorker published Jane Mayer’s widely-discussed look at the “covert operations” of the “billionaire... More

Bad Omens for Health Care

Mixed coverage of the latest premium hikes

The big news in health care last week was, of course, that average annual premiums for family coverage through employers... More

Q&A: Columnist Charles Stile on Chris Christie

“Now he’s standing in the center of the political universe”

For a man who’s not running for president, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has gotten a whole lot of attention... More

Is Occupy Wall Street Getting Its Fair Share of Press?

What would Charles Tilly say?

#Occupy Wall Street. To cover or not to cover? That is of course the question that, 13 days into the... More

TNR Highlights Perry’s ‘Crony Capitalist’ Past

Will his indifference to ideology present a primary problem?

Former Washington Post reporter Alec MacGillis, who has joined The New Republic to cover the 2012 campaign, has his first... More

Norm Ornstein Gets Congress; WaPo Doesn’t

Result of Republican FEMA brinksmanship described as ‘almost accidental’

Remember that New York Times story earlier this week on the (since-resolved) showdown over federal disaster aid—the one that misleadingly... More

Obama Campaign Shows Fundraising “Strength”?

Reuters, AP (and NYT) offer differing takes

Should Team Obama be feeling optimistic or concerned about its fundraising prospects this election cycle? That depends. It depends, of... More

HuffPost Goes Deep On Google

Too deep, in fact. Arianna, how about hiring an editor?

The Huffington Post trio of Ryan Grim, Zach Carter, and Paul Blumenthal dropped their 6,800-word take on “Google, Microsoft, and... More

60 Minutes, Meet the AP

Scott Pelley’s paean to Ray Kelly’s anti-terrorism juggernaut ignores the wire’s good work

On Sunday, 60 Minutes broadcast this fifteen-minute report, “Fighting terrorism in New York City,” in which CBS’s Scott Pelley delivers... More

‘Congress’ Not to Blame for FEMA Feud

New York Times channels misplaced ‘pox-on-both-their-houses’ anger

A memo to reporters who write about federal policy disputes: “Congress” is not an actor. “Congress” has no mind. “Congress”... More

Meet the Bay State’s Uninsured

The national media pass on an important story

Last week the Census Bureau released new numbers showing that 5.6 percent of the population in Massachusetts remained without health... More

NYTimes Misleads on Pace of Flood Relief

FEMA’s disaster delays are structural, not Congressional

Congress: dysfunctional, broken, mad, maybe even the worst. Ever. But The New York Times went one too far today in... More

After the Google/Fox Debate, Five Annoyances

Dog poop jokes and that blasted chat chime at GOP debate suggest Google’s not that smart

Some things irritated us about last night’s debate and the post-debate wrap-up. Some were small—say, the use of the Gmail... 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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