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Midterms Metaphor Madness

A primer on the cycle’s language of disaster

This week’s elections have headline writers reaching for just the right metaphors to characterize the coming Republican gain. For inspiration,... More

Jon Stewart’s Never-Never Land

When the going gets tough, the tough get ironic

The first irony of the major outlets’ prohibiting their employees from attending this weekend’s Stewart/Colbert rally is that their effort... More

On Spec

A roundup of pre-election guesswork

Among the expected slew of same-same “Expect Big GOP Gains” stories running nationally today, there is a smaller cabal... More

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The Buzz and Beyond: Reporting the 2010 Midterm Elections

NPR, Politico, and The New York Times on the campaign trail

This video follows three political journalists--Don Gonyea of NPR News, Mark Leibovich of The New York Times, and Alexander Burns... More

Medicare Beat Memo

What the campaign advertising missed

There are some uncomfortable truths about Medicare changes lurking in the health reform law. Because the pols on both sides... More

Setting the Record Straight on Campaign Ads

Who’s telling the truth about Medicare?

Pity the senior citizens in the voting booth Tuesday. Who should they believe about Medicare—the Dems and their surrogates, who... More

Missing Number in TV vs. Web Ads Story

Los Angeles Times a puzzle piece short

Meg James at the Los Angeles Times has an interesting report today, titled “TV still the favored medium for political... More

Keeping Up With Chuck Todd

“I’m in a business where I’m not allowed to miss right now”

It’s 6:50 a.m. on a drizzling New York morning and Chuck Todd is standing behind a wall on the cluttered... More

Time’s Missed Midterms Opportunity

Cover story rehash is fun, but…

Time’s splashy pre-election cover story is in many ways a doozy. Penned by David Von Drehle, “The Party Crashers”—a... More

Paint it Green

Why it’s been left to reporters to bring up environmental issues on the campaign trail

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, “In much of the nation, ‘cap and trade’ has... More

On the Road with the Post

The voters finally meet the press

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker is into day two of an interesting midterm series: Seven States in Seven Days. The... More

Who gets (and controls) the “first crack”?

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs just tweeted about a new initiative to communicate with voters without a press filter,... More

“This Transparency Enables Electorate to Make Informed Decisions”

LA Times looks at how that’s worked out for “electorate”

Back in January, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the following, in the opinion of the court in Citizens United... More

WaPo’s Puzzling Stance on WikiLeaks

Despite paper’s editorial claim, there’s value in the logs

Yesterday, The Washington Post ran a troubling unsigned editorial essentially coming out against the release of 400,000 Iraq war documents... More

Lauer Cops it for “Dimwit” Question in California

Plays cheap with Whitman and Brown

Spectacular bit of political theater yesterday in California, if you like that sorta thing. And a certain big name TV... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

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


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Bloggingheads

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

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