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NYT vs. NYT on the Big Fat Greek Question

It’s New York Times columnist vs. New York Times columnist, again. Back in April, it was Paul Krugman and Andrew... More

License to Kill, Part III

Times takes note: Al-Awlaki standard makes some ‘uneasy’

The legal questions surrounding the Obama administration’s decision to authorize the extrajudicial killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen accused... More

Deploying Journalism on Unemployment

The New York Times does good reporting today on an under-examined bit of the unemployment story: those many jobs lost... More

Following Kagan’s Paper Trail

Meet the gatekeeping Presidential Records Act

When John Roberts was nominated to the Supreme Court in 2005, journalists touched down at the Ronald Regan Presidential Library... More

Politico: ‘Kagan’s Not Gay’ Story Not a Hard Call

A straightforward response to persistent online speculation

As speculation about Elena Kagan’s sexual orientation has circulated on the Internet in the wake of her nomination to the... More

California Senate Race: Three Things You Oughta Know

Electability concerns, another campaign that’s sucking up the oxygen, and the month-long election

If it’s still the case that new trends start in California, the state’s 2010 Senate election may really be one... More

Kentucky Senate Race: Three Things You Oughta Know

Nasty fights, a kingmaker challenged, and class warfare

Joe Gerth is a political reporter and columnist at the Louisville Courier-Journal, Kentucky’s largest paper. The Louisville native and resident... More

WaPo Does Well on Payday Lenders Pushing for Protection

The Washington Post does a nice job of highlighting just how worried payday lenders and check cashers are about the... More

Lindsey Graham: Maybe Not Such a Maverick, Either

An attempt to define the “M” word with some serious math

Late last week, there was a fair bit of online chatter (see here, here, here, and here) about an unlikely... More

Pennsylvania Senate (and Governor’s) Race: Three Things You Oughta Know

Family campaigns, a “way of sharing,” and Sodom on the Schuylkill

With the 2010 midterm elections looming on the horizon—and some primaries rapidly approaching—Campaign Desk will soon be devoting more attention... More

Warning: Trans-Atlantic Tensions Ahead

There’s been a small, but sharp, undercurrent of trans-Atlantic tension in this week’s coverage of the Greek debt crisis. Judging... More

He Said-She Said Victim

After a few weeks of news coverage of Republican complaints that the financial reform legislation moving through Congress would permit... More

Everyone Knows the Troubles They’ve Seen

The press pays attention to WellPoint

If any group can claim responsibility for breaking the logjam on health reform, you might say it was WellPoint. Just... More

Arkansas Senate Race: Three Things You Oughta Know

A tough campaign, potential runoffs, and all eyes on the Dems

With the 2010 midterm elections looming on the horizon—and some primaries rapidly approaching—Campaign Desk will soon be devoting more attention... More

Audit D.C. Notes: NYT on Obama’s Juggling Act; Mystery Pollster on How It’s Done in the U.K., FT on the Very Long View

President Obama’s ideological juggling act gets thoughtful treatment from the NYT’s Jackie Calmes. There’s no real news in the piece,... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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