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Hacky Punditry at the WSJ

Noonan says Dems don’t ‘love’ Obama. But they seem to like him pretty well.

Given much of the media’s determination to see politics primarily as a stage upon which the president struts and frets,... More

California Roundup

SacBee presses Fiorina, and AP perplexes on GOP primary

Folks who’ve been paying attention to the Republican Senate primary in California this year might have noticed something unusual: in... More

Taking out the Sestak Trash

With Obama’s promise at yesterday’s press conference that the White House would imminently (“When I say ‘shortly,’ I mean shortly.... More

More Prepping for POTUS’s Presser

Building off Liz’s post below, it’s worth noting that Politico’s Josh Gerstein and Carol E. Lee have put together their... More

Press Conference To-Do Lists (“Show Us The Anger!”)

With President Obama scheduled to hold a press conference in about an hour, the Washington Post's Karen Tumulty has a... More

Secrecy at the Deficit Commission

Note to the media: It’s past time for a little sunshine here

The President’s Deficit Commission held an end-of-the month meeting yesterday, and among the attendees was a woman representing the disability... More

Another Unusual Endorsement

Is something in the water in Arkansas?

Newspaper endorsement editorials are notoriously snooze-inducing affairs. (Maybe that’s why we’re seeing a spate of non-endorsements this year—it’s the only... More

Massa in the movies?

Just when you thought the only thing left to come of the Congressman Massa resignation (the one that brought us... More

Jobs Bill Jumble

Competing narratives and conflicting theories as Congress delays action

The news today is that Democratic leaders in the House delayed a vote on a jobs bill. But good luck... More

Secretary of Best Guesses

Timeline sinks longstanding Sestak Navy rumor

Last Wednesday, after Pennsylvania Democrats picked Representative Joe Sestak over long serving (and recently Republican) incumbent Arlen Specter as their... More

Big Bet, Small Stakes

Reporting on the “Contract” debate should be clear: it didn’t do much

At his WaPo blog, Chris Cillizza has a post up that hashes over the question of whether Republicans, poised to... More

Santorum Cracks the Code to Getting Coverage

Rick Santorum, the former two-term Republican Senator from Pennsylvania and current Fox News contributor and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, was... More

Rural Voters for Halter: The New CW in ARSen

We’ve noted a couple times here, in the wake of the Democratic Senate primary in Arkansas, that the vote breakdown... More

Reading Between the Rescission Lines

The White House proposal to give presidents new power to cut spending got plenty of media attention. But despite all... More

William Greider on Social Security

A superb take on Obama’s deficit commission

William Greider, writing in The Nation, didn’t mince words when it came to explaining what’s at stake in the looming... 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


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘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”

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