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Campaign Desk

The Coffee Lobby

Eric Lichtblau has a story in today’s New York Times noting that hundreds of meetings between White House officials and... More

The Narrative That Wouldn’t Die

Oil spill dragging down Obama, NBC insists—despite evidence to the contrary

Last week, Campaign Desk flagged a New York Times item that reported a surprising finding: for all the criticism about... More

The Docs and the Press

What a little help from their friends will do

Well, what do you know? Congress may finally be giving the doctors what they want—sort of. As Campaign Desk has... More

Congress Gives Defense Spending a Look

Will the press do the same?

The Hill is good to notice a small but potentially significant change in lawmakers’ attitudes toward Pentagon spending: a “growing... More

Politico Belatedly Provides a Welcome Explanation

Why news organizations should talk it out

In the wee hours of Thursday morning, NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen took to his PressThink blog to spin forward... More

Dana Milbank, Ideologue

The WaPo columnist’s latest reflects the press bias for action

In his recent blog post on “the actual ideology of the American press,” NYU professor Jay Rosen identified Dana Milbank—the... More

Why Were South Carolina Voters So Uninformed?

S.C. media sit out the Democratic primary

When unemployed veteran Alvin Greene won the Democratic nomination for United States Senate in South Carolina with 59 percent of... More

A Politico Graf Goes Missing

Yesterday in one of Politico’s write-ups of the furor that ensued as it became known that damaging quotes from General... More

Reporting on Orszag Departure is Skin Deep

Peter Orszag’s decision to step down as the White House budget director didn’t get much press attention. The comings and... More

BREAKING: Hastings Enjoys Pornography, is Good Writer

This morning’s Politico Playbook brings this unusually prudish paragraph: FAILURE TO GOOGLE: A quick search would have showed McChrystal that... More

Sparring, Spinning in West Palm Beach

On Tuesday, the Palm Beach Post hosted (and broadcast on its Web site) a debate between Democratic Senatorial candidates Jeff... More

Beneath the Controversy, Lots of Good Reporting in Rolling Stone’s McChrystal Story

The reaction to Rolling Stone’s profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal has been fast and furious. But while we wonder what’s... More

McChrystal’s “Outside Set of Eyes” Resigns

The Washington Post has a brief report on the resignation of Duncan Boothby, Gen. Stanley McChrystal's civilian press aide who... More

More Words of Wisdom from Alan Simpson

Just who are the “lesser people” he had in mind?

Alan Simpson is quickly taking on the persona of the Energizer bunny—his mouth just doesn’t stop. We know about seniors... More

Polar Opposites

The press vs. poli-sci on the rise of partisanship in Congress

My article in our latest print issue on political science and the political press noted that the two camps offer... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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