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A Politico satire eerily like the real thing

Hats off to the very clever Roger Simon, Politico’s chief political columnist. He got me good this morning with this... More

Takeaways from Week One of the Petraeus Press Blitz

Four things we learned from the General this weekend

The latest Petraeus media blitz began Sunday with NBC’s special edition of Meet The Press from Afghanistan. It continued today... More

AP Calls It: “Name-Calling is Winner This Campaign Season”

With no precincts reporting, the AP is projecting that name-calling has won the 2010 election. From a piece headlined "Insults... More

Statistician Says Obama’s Mosque Comments Not So Risky

Nate Silver praises a Fox News poll

Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight has an interesting take on Obama’s “risky” speech on the proposed community center and mosque near... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Lonnie Judy

What Social Security means to real people

Before the year ends, the president’s fiscal commission will bring forth a plan for cutting the deficit. While commission co-chairs... More

Victory to the Wonks?

Political scientists saw Tuesday’s meme-shaking results coming

The anti-incumbency meme hit a bit of a wall yesterday, according to those who’ve often been the ones pushing it... More

Food Stamps and Health

Let’s not forget the connection between the two

It’s hardly surprising that the nation’s news media haven’t sent forth a flood of stories about how Congress has cut... More

Gibbs Gaffes Again, Tradition Continues

A look back at some choice press secretary faux pas

Robert Gibbs had clearly come down with an acute case of “being human” when he spoke to The Hill’s Sam... More

The Senator in Full

The press must fight the impulse to whitewash Ted Stevens’s record

The Associated Press confirmed this afternoon that former Alaska senator Ted Stevens has died in a plane crash in his... More

Untangling the “Influence Web” (With a Click)

For your reading and reporting tool box, an addition: an influence detector, as Poligraft is described by its creator, the... More

Palin, Handel, Huckabee, and Deal

A brief primer on the Georgia primary runoff

A quick scan of the blogosphere and you might think Sarah Palin was running against Mike Huckabee in today’s Georgia... More

Q & A: Christopher Keating, The Hartford Courant

“I would say that this year is the best political year in Connecticut in forty years.”

Long Island-born political reporter Christopher Keating has been The Hartford Courant’s capitol bureau chief since 1995. He’s never been busier... More

The Medicare Sales Job Moves Along

More media skepticism needed

In his radio message this weekend, the president focused on Medicare, trying as hard as he might to convince skeptical... More

Will the Shield Bill Become Law?

Despite WikiLeaks, reporter’s privilege has path to passage

On December 10, 2009, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send the Free Flow of Information Act for consideration before... More

Apples and Oranges; Grizzlies and Koalas

Why the Australian election is no preview for the midterms

I’ve recently noticed a few articles hopping roo-like across the Net pushing the idea that the Australian federal election this... 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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