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Kochs’ Influence

Another week in the news for the billionaire brothers

Last week, Politico's Kenneth Vogel reported that "faced with an avalanche of bad publicity after years of funding conservative causes... More

Meet the Iowa Press

Local reporters in demand at caucus time

A New York political reporter once asked me during an interview: “Who’s that guy who gets his ring kissed... More

Priceless: Representative Lee’s flexy photo

Gawker is claiming quite the coup today—a congressional revelation turned to a resignation in the span of yesterday afternoon. Some... More

After AOL/HuffPo Merger, a Columnist Jumps Ship

Politics Daily’s Matt Lewis won’t work for Arianna

Following the weekend announcement that AOL was acquiring The Huffington Post, we wondered what would become of AOL’s political news... More

Olbermann’s Big Gamble?

Maybe, maybe not: Current TV is a very unsure bet

The Al Gore-founded Current TV has been called many things since it first went to air on August 1, 2005—and... More

Peter G. Peterson Goes to School

A laurel to Remapping Debate

Remapping Debate, the young website that is analyzing public affairs and bringing fresh approaches into the national conversation, deserves a... More

Politico, Heal Thyself

The first step to recovery is acknowledging you have a problem

Kudos to John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei for their narrative-dissecting essay, “How Obama plays media like a fiddle.” In... More

Will HuffProse Infect AOL?

The politics of the Huffington Post/AOL merger

The announcement that AOL will acquire the Huffington Post, and that Arianna Huffiington will take control of all AOL content... More

“Bill, I know football.”

O’Reilly and Obama in the Fox Bowl

So, it turns out Bill O’Reilly and the president give a better pregame show than Christina Aguilera. In the fifteen-minute... More

Selling Health Reform the Obama Way

Beware the “slob-lock”

It’s tough to sell the virtues of health reform what with all those Republicans and Tea Partiers aghast at what... More

HuffPo Goes Underwater for Mortgage Story

Tip of the hat to a housing crisis report

A deep Friday tip of the hat to HuffPo’s Ryan Grim, Arthur Delaney, and Lucia Graves for their lengthy... More

Nice Work at the AP

The administration stretches a health reform stat

It’s no secret the president and his surrogates are trying mightily to keep their sales job for health reform on... More

Covering a “Koch-Fueled” Weekend in CA

Reports from the clandestine conservative confab

Charles and David Koch, the billionaire owners of Koch Industries, hosted a semi-annual, invitation-only conference for conservative political donors, strategists,... More

The Cost of Living, Part IV

Digital mammograms in the medical marketplace

Containing the runaway costs of medical care is perhaps the thorniest of health care issues. Despite the rhetoric about getting... More

Milbank’s Nasty Missive from the Press Secretary

Jay Carney may not be reporters’ best friend

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank, in one of his first columns in a self-imposed Palin-free month—though he has a very... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


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.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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