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Good and Bad from the NewsHour

Woodruff and Ifill begin to push the politicians—sort of

The NewsHour presented an interesting program the other night and the program’s customary balance format actually produced some illuminating journalism.... More

Deficit Public Opinion Goes Missing

We’ve been reading that lots of people that matter are not happy with developments in those deficit reductions talks. But... More

“Dumbest News Story Ever Written in Human History”

WaPo breaks First Lady Lunch news

Per the Washington Post yesterday: [A] Washington Post journalist on the scene confirmed... Consider, for a moment, all the possible... More

Bland Brand, Bad Buzz

For Pawlenty, “the headlines are a killer”

In recent weeks, you may have noticed something of a Tim Pawlenty pile-on in the press. (Collectively, it sounds something... More

The Personal and the Political

The debt-ceiling deadlock isn’t about Obama and Boehner’s relationship

As the debt ceiling standoff drags on and on, imperiling America’s creditworthiness and pushing other issues off the agenda, it’s... More

Joe Lieberman and his Medicare Gift

The press needs to untie the bow—and quickly

Leave it to Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman to speed along the process of making seniors on Medicare pay more for... More

An #askObama Takeaway: Public has questions about housing, education policy

Will the White House press corps get the message?

In the wake of yesterday’s “Twitter townhall,” The Boston Globe put together an interesting infographic comparing Twitter users’ #askObama questions... More

A Deficit of Detail

Big news and few specifics on Obama’s debt move

This morning’s papers all delivered big news: Obama had a bigger, bolder debt reduction plan in mind, to save $4... More

Obama’s Twitter Townhall

“Win win” for White House and Twitter, 140 characters for everyone else

This summer Twitter brought us Anthony Weiner in his underpants; a Fox News-imposter who briefly hacked the President to death... More

Keeping an Eye on Patient Safety, Part III

What we can learn from the Brits

Slowly the public is coming to realize that hospitals are not always safe places. Since the Institute of Medicine published... More

A kingmaker for the invisible primary

Yesterday, we published an interview I conducted with Hans Noel, co-author of the 2008 book The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations... More

Primary School

NYT fails on why—or even if—freshmen reps will face GOP challenges

On its front page yesterday, The New York Times explained that freshman Republican congressmen are feeling frightened. The cause, em... More

How to Understand the ‘Invisible Primary’

An interview with Georgetown professor Hans Noel

The 2012 Iowa caucuses are still seven months away, but Republican presidential hopefuls are already well into the “invisible primary”—a... More

Economic Policy-makers Go MIA

National Journal on the holes in Obama’s team

The focus in the political press today is all about whether Congressional Republicans, having extracted promises from the White House... More

Said and Unsaid

Which topics the press asks about—and which ones it doesn’t—at Obama’s press conferences

How was the media’s performance at this week’s presidential press conference? With one or two exceptions, pretty good. In addition... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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