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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

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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