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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

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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