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Tracking the Tea Parties

Good work from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Thumbs up to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a bright, engaging piece about the Tea Party movement in Wisconsin. The... More

Q&A: This Week Host Christiane Amanpour

The move to Sunday morning, her critics, and reporting in a new age

Christiane Amanpour has been sitting at the newly refurbished This Week desk for nearly two months now. While some reviewers... More

Going Rogue Again: “Obama’s Wars” Preview a Distraction

All eyes on the publicity machine

Bob Woodward’s latest book, Obama’s Wars, has had the kind of publicity-filled day most authors can only dream of: send... More

Kurtz Stays Silent on Peretz

Washington Post media critic avoids controversy, again

Earlier this summer, when Helen Thomas said Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and return to Germany, among... More

NYT on the ABC’s of 501(c)s

Why these groups are “popping up like mushrooms” this election season

Quick: what’s the difference between a 527 group and a 501(c)(5)? What can a 501(c)4 group do that a 501(c)3... More

Old Dog With New Tricks

PBS NewsHour launches new politics site

There’s been a lot of activity over at PBS NewsHour this past year. First came the jazzy makeover that saw... More

Tiles, the Issues Wheel, and the Ask America Van

Yahoo News’s hyper-interactive new midterm election site

Yahoo News’s recently launched “Ask America” site has an intro that comes at you like a Pixar rendering of Obama’s... More

Times Misfires With Ad Story, True Or Not

Front page story focuses on political maybes

You’ve probably read about the to-and-fro between the White House and the Times over today’s cover story, headlined “Obama Advisers... More

Q&A: White House E-mail Lawyer Anne Weismann

CREW issues its final report on a fading scandal

In April 2007, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington told the world that the White House had failed to... More

Q&A: Hawaii Political Reporter Dan Boylan

“It’s the most chaotic election we’ve ever had.”

Professor and political reporter Dan Boylan recently retired from teaching history at the University of Hawaii—West Oahu campus; but there’s... More

CJR Holds a Town Meeting

Not everyone knows about health reform

A year ago last August, I visited the college town of Columbia, Missouri, and did man-on-the-street interviews with small business... More

O’Donnell Wins, GOP Loses, But Where Are The Voters?

A post-primary day wrap-up

It’s the morning after the last major round of primaries and a new political star is born in “dissident,” “little-known... More

Target Corp.’s “Perfect Storm”

A political contribution spawns weeks of headlines (and a flash mob)

The big news for Target Corp. this summer might have been the unveiling, after a “decade of wooing, of its... More

A Rate Increase for James Windus

Where is the New York media?

James Windus, a New York City personal trainer, got a nasty letter a few weeks ago from his insurance carrier,... More

Sebelius Watch, Part V

The war of words with insurers continues

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has emerged as the person to watch as the Obama administration scrambles to... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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