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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

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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