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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

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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