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Campaign Desk

Rand Paul’s Wild Ride

Did the Kentucky press fail to challenge the GOP Senate nominee?

Over at his new blog, Josh Green has been posting lately on Rand Paul’s victory in Kentucky’s Republican primary for... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Crook on Broken Labour Markets, Bartlett Notices That We’re Getting Old, WSJ Notices Fannie and Freddie

We’ve been complaining that the long-term unemployment problem isn’t getting enough attention from the business press. But Clive Crook’s latest... More

WaPo Gives Dodd the Tick-Tock Treatment

Washington newsrooms don’t generate too many tick-tocks these days, and that’s too bad. As a bare-bones version of the form... More

Good Coverage at USA Today

Some smart takes on problems with health and financial reform

The other day, on a plane from Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong, a flight attendant thrust a copy... More

Audit D.C. Notes: WaPo on Where the Lobbyists Are, NYT on Whistleblower Buyouts, a Senator Says Too Much

A wise editor once told me that good journalism is the stuff that readers cut out and stick on the... More

Is Washingtonpost.com Forgetting About Its Congress Page?

If you woke up Thursday wondering what was happening with the financial regulation reform bill in the Senate, the Congress... More

A Sharper Take on the Razorback State

NYT notes that the vote in Arkansas upended expectations

Campaign Desk noted yesterday how the actual results in Arkansas’s Senate primary complicate the national narratives about an anti-incumbent wave... More

Why Did Halter Do Well?

Arkansas journalists highlight details that complicate the national narrative

Take a look around the political Web today, in the wake of Tuesday’s primary and special elections, and the consensus... More

Border Patrol

Remapping Arizona’s immigration coverage

It has been nearly a month since Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed into law Senate Bill 1070, the strictest anti-illegal... More

Judis Delivers a Tea Party History Lesson

Paul’s Kentucky victory prompts new coverage of the movement

Rand Paul’s victory in Kentucky has brought new energy to the Tea Party crowd—and prompted a flurry of coverage of... More

Blumenthal Blunders

NPR shines where the Times didn’t

Despite a congressional sex scandal and three closely watched Senate primaries, yesterday’s news was dominated by The New York Times’s... More

‘Remember Good Old Monroe Schwarzlose?’

An unusual editorial from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

That’s one of the questions posed by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in its highly entertaining endorsement of John Boozman, the front-runner... More

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs?

As press coverage falters, the Washington conversation keeps shifting

The stubborn unemployment rate may be the biggest economic issue facing the country. But the business press’s coverage hasn’t kept... More

Primary Day Grab-Bag

As the polls open on Campaign 2010, some press pitfalls to avoid

With closely-watched primaries in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas set today, and more on the horizon, there’s been a surge of... More

A Times Profile of Bernanke is Too-Decorous By Half

The New York Times put Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke front and center on Sunday. But in this long, long profile,... 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


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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