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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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