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Q&A: Former NYT Shanghai Bureau Chief Howard French

On how the press covered Hu Jintao’s visit

Chinese President Hu Jintao’s four-day U.S. trip last week produced a number of takeaways: the two countries’ business communities will... More

A Shout Out to David Gregory

For pinning down Eric Cantor on Meet the Press

David Gregory’s Meet the Press interview Sunday with new House Majority Leader Eric Cantor should be required reading in every... More

SOTU Spoilers Make For Dull Reading

A day is not a long wait

Could not help but notice two Tweets today that seem to sum up my own view of State of the... More

Steny Hoyer’s “Adjustments” Warning

Is the MSM listening?

Should seniors on Medicare and those about to join the program be worried about benefit cuts? That was an issue... More

New York’s Obama WH Profile Juicy and Lite

Heilemann on the Obama redux

John Heilemann has the cover of New York this week—out today with a picture of the president on the front,... More

Republican Study Committee Gets Specific

Reporters grapple with complexities

The Republican Study Committee—a conservative committee which includes about three quarters of the Republican House conference—released a plan yesterday that,... More

Q & A: Election Law Expert Richard L. Hasen

How the press fared covering the post-Citizens United landscape, and stories to do now

On the eve of the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court's controversial decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election... More

New Survey Says Fox Least Trusted

But there are more questions to be asked

Public Policy Polling yesterday released its annual study of people’s trust in TV news, and the results are sure to... More

Repealing the Health Law

Symbol or grand strategy?

The recent stories about Republican efforts to repeal the health reform law all telegraphed the same story lines. One: the... More

Pardon Me?

Hu’s admission lost in translation

Yesterday’s White House press conference with President Obama and Chinese president Hu Jintao was a somewhat stilted affair, mostly due... More

Who’s Afraid of a Little Passing Press Scrutiny?

Politico on the fundraising freshmen

They’re quick studies, the newest members of Congress, according to this story from Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel. Vogel reports that... More

The NewsHour Blows a Health Story

Leaving misconceptions on the table

It’s not clear what the public took away from the PBS NewsHour segment on health care last night. Perhaps confusion,... More

No Surprises; Good Riddance

The press and Dems react to Lieberman

In politics, it seems you’re only as good—or as bad—as your last term and your last poll. That’s the lesson... More

Roger Ailes in a Strange Light

Esquire’s big, perplexing profile

Esquire’s Roger Ailes profile, available online today, is a strange and fascinating read—a kind of nuanced, satirical “F-you” to a... More

Health Care Red Meat from Politico

Business writers, take note

One of the most illuminating health care stories to come along in the last couple weeks was Politico’s take on... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


High Times hits middle age (NYMag)

After 40 years, every issue still features a weed centerfold

Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

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