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Applebaum’s Stewart Rally Stretch

A weak cry for centrism

Still scratching my head after reading columnist Anne Applebaum’s op-ed in The Washington Post Monday. The piece is essentially an... More

Social Security in Perspective, Part II

A conversation with Alicia Munnell

Proposals to change the Social Security system are fast taking shape, and many of them call for substantial benefit cuts... More

Q & A: War Photographer Moises Saman

“If you do this long enough, you will eventually find yourself in a bad situation”

Freelance photographer Moises Saman’s pictures from Iraq made the cover of The New York Times both days last weekend. Taken... More

Politico, NYT on “Impact of Outside Money”

Political force, political “excuse”

At Politico today, you can read about "how much Democrats want to play up the impact of outside money, much... More

A WikiLeaks Question for Journalists from Robert Fisk

Do document dumps put journo jobs in danger?

The Iraq War Logs don’t seem to have hit here as hard as their much smaller predecessor—WikiLeaks fatigue? Friday... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Jennifer Putman

What Social Security means to real people

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

Times’s Act Two Profile of Assange

A revealing follow-up to The New Yorker

Raffi Khatchadourian’s profile of Julian Assange for The New Yorker back in June—before the Afghanistan and Iraq war logs dumps—is... More

A Primer on Early WikiLeaks Coverage

WikiLeaks calls the coordinated media coverage “an extraordinary moment in journalism”

Around 5 p.m. on Friday, the online secret-sharing site WikiLeaks released almost 400,000 previously classified U.S. military documents pertaining to... More

Red, White, and Blue, but Not Green

Energy and environment issues lacking in mid-term election coverage

Remember the 2008 presidential campaign, when candidates and voters alike couldn’t seem to get enough of energy and climate issues... More

Tracking a Meme

Reality vs. spin in the war in Afghanistan

If you opened the New York Times yesterday, you probably saw Carlotta Gall’s big story on the military offensive in... More

A Laurel for Dusting off Fiorina’s Skeletons

Los Angeles Times and others’ good work

California’s press may be shrinking, but it has done some great work this election cycle, adroitly guiding voters through a... More

Playing “Whac-A-Mole” With Campaign Finance Disclosure

But, where’s the mallet?

One of my favorite descriptions of the rapid appearance of ever more outside groups spending (who-knows-whose) money this election season... More

Big Politico Piece Misses Key Ingredient

Again (and again, and again), it’s the economy

Politico’s big lead story today on Barack Obama’s struggle to win the white working-class vote is an interesting read with... More

Hasta la Vista, Arnie

Three Sacramento journalists reflect on the Golden State governor

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s term ends in January 2011. As the national and local press fixates on who will replace... More

Health Care and the Massachusetts Governor’s Race

Kudos to WBUR

Through the long reform debate, health care and Massachusetts went together like love and marriage—or so the media told us.... 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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