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Campaign Desk

An Interview with Don Barlett

What journo newbies (and the rest of us) can learn from an old master

After writing nearly 500 posts over the last few years on health care, Medicare, and Social Security, I have observed... More

“The Usual Queries about Tactics, Controversies”

How to read Howard Kurtz’s column

It’s far too early in the campaign season to let one little Howard Kurtz piece turn you off campaign coverage,... More

Globe Delivers its Verdict on Romneycare

A good—if imperfect—example of policy-oriented reporting

On Sunday, the Boston Globe published the second installment in its two-part series on “Romneycare,” the Massachusetts health care overhaul... More

What’s A Local Site To Do?

Small and hyper-local sites gear up for the GOP primary

In June 2010, Craig Robinson got a midterm scoop that no other media outlet, national or local, was able to... More

“Are You a Flake?”

Wallace’s bad question an announcement-day gift for Bachmann

Michele Bachmann officially launched her campaign today in Waterloo, Iowa, the onetime hometown from which—according to a speech Bachmann... More

Attack of the Drones

Finding the real meaning in Obama’s Afghanistan speech

In the wake of President Obama’s big speech on Afghanistan last night, the basic points of his message—a reversal of... More

The Crazy Book-Banning Lady Who Wants to be President (UPDATED)

Matt Taibbi’s colorful takedown of “Mad” Michele Bachmann

Last week, The Daily Beast’s Michelle Goldberg authored what one might have reasonably expected would be the most vicious takedown... More

WaPo on Bachmann’s Language

Blurting for dollars, blinking through debate

Two days, two takes from The Washington Post on Michele Bachmann’s language. On Sunday, the Post coined the icky term... More

Climate Questions for the GOP

What to ask candidates so clearly unconcerned?

During last week’s Republican presidential primary debate in New Hampshire, CNN’s John King, who served as moderator, asked questions about... More

He’s Back

Olbermann and Countdown back on Current TV

It’s probably unwise to make any big calls on Keith Olbermann’s return to the big chair last night on Al... More

Huntsman as McCain Redux

And why the similarities create perils for the press

Jon Huntsman may be stuck at the bottom of early polls for the Republican nomination for president, but, as CNN’s... More

Politico Explores Talk Radio’s Pay-For-Play Practices

Are deals for Limbaugh, Beck a harbinger?

Politico reporters Ken Vogel and Lucy McCalmont had an interesting, well-reported story Wednesday about the inner workings of what’s been... More

On Eric Bolling’s “Hizzy” Fit

Is anyone watching (at) Fox Business Network?

In the thick of the 2008 presidential election season, the Wall Street Journal detected a trend: "Television news organizations, facing... More

Mitt’s Great Escape

Press declares Romney winner of last night’s punchless fight

Last night’s GOP primary debate at Saint Anselm College began something like an episode of Jeopardy!, with the contestants/candidates... More

How to Dodge Debate Dodges

CNN debate demanded one simple phrase

Last night’s CNN debate drew the respect and attention that the first debate, hosted in early May by Fox News,... 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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Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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