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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

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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