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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

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


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”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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