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Leakapalooza on the Hill

Public relations bends this morning’s banking committee previews

Bank of America previewed and helped to soften its executives' planned apology before Congress today by letting the Times... More

The Education of Congressman-Elect Andy Harris

What does he know about health insurance?

Politico published a rather astonishing story yesterday that should make the constituents of Maryland’s first congressional district scratch their heads... More

Good Ship MSNBC Prone to Leaks

Is it a trickle-down effect?

There must be something in the water at 30 Rock, the spiritual and actual home of news-breaker/news-maker MSNBC. It feels... More

The Treasury Stops by Freakonomics

I love the way that Michael Mundaca, the assistant Treasury secretary for tax policy, has taken to the blogs to... More

Re-examining the mortgage interest deduction

One of the positive effects of the deficit commission report is the way that it has brought the stupid mortgage-interest... More

The NYT’s attempt to fix the budget

In the wake of his excellent rent-vs-buy calculator, David Leonhardt has helped create another interactive tool, this one called... More

Database Shows L.A. its “Worst Legislator”

But is it fair? And is it news?

San Jose Mercury News social services reporter Karen de Sa earned accolades this July for an investigative series which revealed... More

Well, What Do You Know, Sherlock?

The media discover Social Security

Ouch! That was the media’s general reaction yesterday to the ideas in the report issued by the co-chairs of the... More

The Education of Sen. Bennet

NPR passes along misinformation about Social Security

The squeaker victory of Colorado’s Sen. Michael Bennet landed him a spot on NPR’s Morning Edition the other day, and... More

“Might” of Politico

Two stories on 2012 show the website stretching

Midterms are over, the prez is in Asia, and Olbermann’s back at his desk—what’s a niche political site to do?... More

Gag Time in Cairo

An interview with Egyptian journalist Ibrahim Eissa

Few leaders stay in power for thirty years without occasionally embracing their inner gangster. So it is that the aging,... More

What Should John Boehner Do?

Kaiser asks the health cognoscenti

One of the more interesting and informative pieces of journalism to cross my computer screen in recent months was a... More

A Referendum on Energy Issues?

Not so fast

There is something ironic about the post-election surge of articles about the environmental consequences of various outcomes at the polls... More

Olbermann Out For Now

But was it the right call?

MSNBC head honcho Phil Griffin announced this afternoon that he was suspending Countdown host Keith Olbermann indefinitely, after it... More

How The West Was Lost

California Watch Rummages Through Whitman’s Purse

Much has been written this election cycle about all the self-funded business-background candidates who stepped into the campaign fray, checkbooks... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

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.”

Bloggingheads

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

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