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Campaign Desk

Ghosts of Christmas Past, Future, and a Parallel Universe

Weird and wacky weigh-ins on Obama’s job so far

As the surprisingly active lame duck session draws to a close and the president’s third year in office draws... More

Social Security Under Attack

What the press had to say

When the president signed the tax bill Friday, a year’s worth of efforts aimed at modifying Social Security came to... More

What We Should Have Known All Along about Health Reform

Much handwringing about health care what-ifs

This week’s coverage of the Virginia court decision declaring health reform’s individual mandate unconstitutional was surprisingly thorough and contextual. What... More

A Boehner Column to Make You Cry

Evidence-free piece suggests Speaker an alcoholic

A pointy, oversized dart to Politics Daily columnist Matt Lewis’s head-scratchingly bad piece, “John Boehner's Crying: Is He Drinking Too... More

A Midsummer Donation Spike, With Context

Reports from recent campaign finance reports

There is much that can not be found in publicly available federal campaign finance reports: the identities of all the... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Jim Dobbs

What Social Security means to real people

This is the eighth in a series of posts that discuss how possible changes in Social Security will affect the... More

Australian Press Unites For Assange

Letter to PM could prove persuasive

As his lawyer alleges a grand jury in Virginia is working up charges to file against him, Julian Assange has... More

Health Care Wrap-Up

What the papers are saying about the Virginia decision

Federal judge Henry E. Hudson of Richmond, Va., ruled yesterday that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most Americans obtain... More

Remember When No Meant No

The Bloomberg-denies-running story industry

We get it media: you want New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run for president. We can’t blame you.... More

Other Views of Social Security

The MSM gives some equal time

Campaign Desk has been hard of late on some MSM outlets that have presented lopsided views of the Social Security... More

Frank Luntz Rides Again

The wordsmith and the public option

Word came Thursday that, last year, Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon had directed his staff to avoid using... More

A “Public Option” By Any Other Name…

Fox e-mails reveal top-down slant

‘Tis the season to be leaking. Media Matters is reporting today that it has acquired e-mails sent by Fox News... More

Bogus Trend Nomination: Bai’s Murmurs

New York Times’s empty primary challenge story

Slate media critic Jack Shafer, among others, has made a game of spotting bogus trend stories in the press. Generally... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Jude Love

What Social Security means to real people

This is the seventh in a series of posts that discuss how possible changes in Social Security will affect the... More

Assange in Australia

What his homeland press is saying

As WikiLeaks founder and frontman Julian Assange waits in custody, the press in his home country is going into WikiLeaks... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

Bloggingheads

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

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