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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

Why The New Yorker’s radical feminism and transgenderism piece was one-sided - “This effectively advances the views of a group that wants to see the genocide of trans women, a group that, data shows, faces extraordinarily high rates of discrimination in every measurable way”

Journalism groups rally around a petition supporting James Risen - The Supreme Court ruled against the NYT reporter, who is refusing to reveal sources

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Gannett’s changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat - A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain’s top editor in the Carolinas

Build the future - Journalism’s deathwatch is over


Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Preparing yourself to cover chaos (Medium)

“There are things you should know before you show up, and you’re not going to find them in the current news cycle”

Bloggingheads

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

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