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The Journal Comes Up Short on Lawmakers’ Short Selling

The Wall Street Journal has good instincts today, looking for hypocrisy in a place it’s known to dwell: Capitol Hill.... More

Ignatius on the Downside of the Inside Story

The Washington Post’s David Ignatius did us all a favor in Sunday’s Outlook section, with a critical look at embedding—a... More

More Words of Wisdom from Alan Simpson

Geezers vs. Gen X-ers vs. millenials, etc, etc.

Former Sen. Alan Simpson’s interview on Fox Sunday was a doozy. His usual outspoken, outrageous, colorful self shined through, perhaps... More

So, Do Debates Really Matter?

A closer look at a WaPo post

Chris Cillizza, the political blogger for The Washington Post, had an item the other day that asked an interesting question:... More

Next Slide, Please

Military’s PowerPoint addiction could be a bad habit for archivists

We are, apparently, a nation whose Army marches on PowerPoint. As detailed in Elisabeth Bumiller’s Tuesday front page New York... More

Rick Foster’s Predictions

No bending of the cost curve in his crystal ball

Richard Foster, as good an actuary as you can find, delivered the Obama folks a bit of bad news last... More

Skimming the Surface

Will the financial reform bill lead to more bailouts? You won’t find out in today’s NYT story

The front page of today’s New York Times features an article on the state of play on financial reform that... More

Def Com: It’s Alive

Early Coverage of Deficit Commission, from Gloomy to Doomed

The deficit commission created by President Obama holds its first meeting today, and a couple of preview pieces stand out... More

Look at the Jobless Rate for the New Joads

Naked Capitalism shines some light on an aspect of the long, sad unemployment story that we don’t hear nearly enough... More

Sebelius Watch, Part II

Will Madame Secretary rule with moral suasion?

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has emerged as the person to watch as the Obama administration scrambles to... More

An Oversteeped Tea Party?

The movement may be overhyped, but it’s still a legitimate story

Of the various criticisms that get levied against Politico, one of the most common is that it inflates stories that... More

The Future? We Hope Not

NYT’s Politico profile paints a scary picture

The New York Times magazine profile of Mike Allen, the force-of-nature Politico reporter, has been much anticipated—at least in the... More

A Compulsion To Know

CJR’s 2000 profile of Mike Allen

On the occasion of Mark Leibovich's New York Times Magazine profile of Politico's Mike Allen, CJR is happy to offer... More

The Midnight Ride of George Pataki

Who’s behind the ex-gov’s health repeal crusade?

The latest health care news is the formation of a group called Revere America whose mission, it seems, is to... More

Understanding the Unaffiliateds

What does the uptick in independent voters really mean?

With the midterm elections looming on the horizon, stories about voter frustration are all the rage. Today, USA Today takes... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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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