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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

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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