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Campaign Desk

Paul Krugman on Journalistic Balance

The missing voices

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman addressed the cult of balance in the debt debate Friday when he wrote: News... More

Passing Bad Checks

Boehner’s “blank check” line demands context reporters aren’t providing

This week, in Washington’s war of attrition over the debt ceiling, the media has had many a political soundbite tossed... More

A President Independent of Whom, Exactly?

L.A. Times sizes up a nonpartisan nonprofit’s opaque funding

So, speaking of Americans Elect, the new, webby way to pick a president that has Tom Friedman’s radical centrist heart... More

Grandparent of the Chained CPI

Some stories never die

Sarah Cohen, a professor at the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke, and a one-time reporter for... More

Tom Friedman: Still Wrong

More critics skewer the columnist’s pining for the ‘center’

In my Campaign Desk item on Monday, I expressed a fervent hope that more political writers would take on the... More

Covering the Chained CPI

Let me count the ways it can be done

There are five ways to cover the Chained CPI, a proposed new method for determining the cost-of-living (COLA) adjustments that... More

Tom Friedman’s ‘Radical’ Wrongness

Critics debunk—again—the NYT columnist’s ‘radical center’ dream

Over the weekend, The New York Times op-ed page published one of Tom Friedman’s periodic columns about the need for... More

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The Ritual

A video examination of Israel’s photojournalism apparatus in East Jerusalem and the West Bank

Israel has long been at the epicenter of photojournalism datelines. Today, even during a period of relative calm, the major... More

Social Security Cuts and the CLASS Act

Language, language, language

If the MSM is to be believed, soon we will know what cuts Congress has in mind for Social Security,... More

Not Politics as Usual

Congressional norms are breaking down—and day-to-day political reporting should acknowledge that fact

Politico has a story this morning about the likely-doomed nomination of Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection... More

A Headache of a Story

Bachmann’s health is in bounds, even if the scoop wasn’t

The story unfolded cryptically, sensationally, in the tabloid style that has chronicled so many starlet meltdowns and hospitalizations. Dziok’s departure... More

A Shout Out to The Palm Beach Post

A rare glimpse into the ways of for-profit health care

The Palm Beach Post deserves kudos for exposing how Florida governor Rick Scott conducted the business of his urgent care... More

Left, Right, and Off Target

PEJ report’s misguided focus on “ideology” in nonprofit journalism

A new report on non-profit news startups from the Project for Excellence in Journalism has been attracting a little bit... More

A Medicare Miss at the LA Times

Some fact-checking, please

Medicare is a bear to write about. It’s tough for beneficiaries to understand, and unclear news stories only serve to... More

A Voice for the Unemployed

Yahoo!’s haunting look at the lives of the long-term jobless

Had your fill of reading about who stormed out on whom, and who called whom “childish,” in the umpteenth round... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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