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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

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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