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Campaign Desk

Who Will Tell the People?

Social Security is the third rail for the MSM

Ohio congressman John Boehner’s recent interview in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review touched on all the red hot stones—health care, BP, Afghanistan,... More

The Passing of Dr. Robert Butler

And what he meant for journalists and journalism

I always thought Bob Butler would live forever. After all, he was Mr. Live A Long Life, and preached the... More

“Being Media Savvy Requires More Than Just Attention-Grabbing”?

Does it? From Mark Leibovich's profile of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), "Darrell Issa Emerges as Obama's Annoyer-in-Chief" in today's New... More

It’s About Idiosyncrasy, Not Ideology

Learning to live with opinions at the Post

Plenty has been written about Dave Weigel’s departure from The Washington Post. But Andrew Alexander, the Post ombudsman, made a... More

Circling Back on the Orszag Story

When Peter Orszag said he was leaving his job as OMB chief a couple of weeks ago, the reporting about... More

Influence Game

NYT’s Podesta profile lets lobbyist define the terms

The New York Times has the very good idea to profile Tony Podesta, whose Washington lobbying group has made a... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Journal Overreach, Overjoyed in Auckland, the New Blue Collar

Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings might not have produced the drama that some had hoped for. But that hardly justifies the... More

Get Out of Her Hair

Sadly, NPR profile focuses on Fiorina’s coiffure rather than climate gaffe

Earlier this week, NPR profiled California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina. The former Hewlett Packard CEO unexpectedly won the state’s Republican... More

A McChrystal Chill? Don’t Bet On It

The military needs the press, and smart soldiers (still) understand that

As we walked in to the tactical operations center (TOC) of the small combat outpost in Tarmiyah, Iraq, U.S. Army... More

How to Cover the Recession

A new Pew study provides good clues

The unemployment crisis has dragged on and on, but reporting about its real-life effects just hasn’t kept up. Hopefully the... More

A Tip of the Hat to The Oregonian

For finding health reform’s forgotten people

We often thought nobody was paying attention when, during the health reform debate, we urged the press to investigate the... More

Depressing Days

Time to look at the effects of Washington’s false unemployment/deficit choice

With Washington still unable to get its act together on a new round of stimulus spending, warnings about the consequences... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Austerian Origins, G-20 Loses Its Grip, Gaping Income Gap

“Austerians” has started popping up all over, and Barry Ritholtz does a nice job of tracking the origin of the... More

Welfare, Entitlements, and Sharron Angle

What sayeth she now?

It’s fair to say that Sharron Angle is controversial. She’s the former Nevada state legislator who is running against Harry... More

Look at Us!

Lessons from the response to the David Weigel flap

It’s been three days since David Weigel, the reporter and blogger best known for his coverage of the conservative movement,... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

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


‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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