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WaPo, Time, and Others Play Catch-up on WikiLeaks

What to do when you don’t get the exclusive

Whereas The New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel had a four week heads-up on the 91,000-document WikiLeaks... More

The Assange Leaks

What’s new about the WikiLeaks data?

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has compared his organization’s latest leak of almost 92,000 U.S. military documents relating to... More

Gaining Readers’ Confidence In the WikiLeaks Dump

Part II: Verification

My previous post addressed the challenges that The Guardian, The New York Times, and Der Spiegel must have faced in... More

Blog Reax to WikiLeaks’s Leak (Afghan War’s Pentagon Papers?)

Once you’ve finished reading the 90,000-plus mostly classified Afghanistan-related U.S. military documents brought to you by WikiLeaks, you can read... More

How Three News Outlets Handled the WikiLeaks Dump

Part I: online presentation

It’s hard to overstate the colossal challenge of digesting, verifying, and then presenting 92,000 classified documents. When WikiLeaks handed over... More

Same Docs, Different Stories

The three outlets gifted by WikiLeaks take three different approaches

On Sunday, three news outlets published the results of their investigations into 91,731 classified U.S. military documents that they had... More

The Un-federated Tea Party Caucus

WaPo’s roundup of new caucus is funny, but misses a key point

When news broke last week that The National Tea Party Federation had expelled the Tea Party Express for not scolding... More

Climate Bill Blowout

It’s a big deal. Where’s the print coverage?

Following Senator Harry Reid’s decision to pull the plug on climate legislation Thursday, news sites lit up with lit up... More

NYT’s Rangel Work Gets Results on the Hill

But rest of the press tries not to notice

A House ethics panel’s ruling that Charlie Rangel violated congressional rules is big news all around today, as it should... More

Paying Attention to Social Security

Two takes from the MSM

Slowly, ever so slowly, the mainstream media is discovering the Social Security story. So it’s worth noting two pieces in... More

WaPo’s Chamber Piece Misses a Few Notes

The paper reports the lobby group is “losing,” but doesn’t hear the ringing of cash registers

The Washington Post looks at the recent record of the Chamber of Commerce and puts a lot in the loss... More

What’s Secret in ‘Top Secret America?’

The Washington Post didn’t really tell us anything new

Editor's note: At the time this article was published, Joshua Foust was employed by Northrop Grumman, a defense contractor. Here’s... More

Calling a Spade a Spade or a Fox a Fox

The Times minces no words on the Sherrod story

We wrote yesterday that we were mostly disappointed with the print coverage of the Shirley Sherrod story from the Times,... More

After the Storm

How the Sherrod story came up in print

If you were anything like us yesterday, your computer screens were tabbed up with reports and opinions on Georgia USDA... More

“Top Secret” Co-Author under Fire, for Some Reason

Politico fans the flames of lackluster Arkin “controversy”

Earlier this week, Politico took a look at “Top Secret America,” the three-part series running in The Washington Post 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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