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NYT Blurs the Debt Debate

How lonely is the bow-tied Blumenauer?

The New York Times poses an interesting question today: “Is there a strong liberal argument to be made for attacking... More

Alan Simpson Does it Again

This time the press pays attention—sort of

Alan Simpson, the co-chair of the president’s deficit commission, came up with another doozy Monday when he told Ashley Carson,... More

Mehlman Comes Out

And the press reacts

The NFL’s David Kopay broke sports barriers when he came out of the closet in 1975; Martina Navratilova did the... More

Tuesday’s “Shocking,” “Surprising,” “Stunning” Primary Results

The night that defied and confirmed the media’s expectations

Read the paper today? If you did, you’ll see yesterday’s primary results were a victory for incumbents, anti-incumbents, the establishment,... More

CJR Holds a Missouri Town Hall Meeting

Not many are wild about health reform

Last August I visited the college town of Columbia, Missouri, and did man-on-the street interviews with small business owners, college... More

Mitt Romney’s Tousled Hair

The Globe’s early look at the candidate’s changed style

Just over two months out from the midterms and The Boston Globe is already restlessly fixating on 2012. Yep, the... More

Tug of War at the Fed

Journal pulls back the curtain

The Wall Street Journal does good work today with a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the August 10 meeting of the... More

Boehner Monologue Called Out

Reporting on political theater? Acknowledge the theatrical

Seems a lot of people are talking about the speech John Boehner gave today in Ohio—the supposedly candidate-defining oration we... More

Florida, Florida, Florida!

The inside/out take on Florida’s primary

The story on the recount state’s primary even before a single vote has been counted seems to be: we got... More

Audit D.C. Notes: The End of the Affair, Stimulus Situation, Cantor on the Trail

The August lull is giving The New York Times a chance to point out just how much our economic lives... More

Post-Election Analysis, Pre-Election

Where to find Arizona’s primary story so far

It’s primary day in the Grand Canyon state tomorrow, and no one’s exactly riveted. All eyes are on a senate... More

Obama Not Muslim, Islam Not Bad

Yesterday’s survey results suggest coverage of Islam could be better

The Pew Research Center Survey Report showing more Americans than ever believe President Obama is a Muslim is disheartening, outraging,... More

Those Social Security Code Words Again

The meaning behind the tweaks, privatization, and modest changes

The Hill yesterday set the standard for coverage of the president’s remarks in a Columbus, Ohio, backyard town hall meeting.... More

Jay Rosen in Oz: Horse-Race Journalism an “International Phenom”

Don’t tell us who’s going to win our vote, help us decide whom to vote for

Last week I wrote about the political differences between Australia and the U.S.; specifically, the perils of drawing any too... More

More Codes in the Social Security War

WaPo unravels one and misses another

The Washington Post, which at times has acted like the head media cheerleader for the president’s deficit commission, appeared to... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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