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More tales from the journalism hamster wheel

A funny thing is happening right now on Michael Calderone’s Politico blog: nothing. That’s because Calderone, prolific chronicler of the... More

License to Kill

Some background—and some questions—on the Anwar al-Awlaki authorization

The recent news that the Obama administration has authorized the CIA to kill the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki raised... More

Politico’s Interesting Take on Down-and-Sort-of-Out Rubin

Politico takes a look today at Robert Rubin, declaring him “decidedly out of favor in the nation’s capital.” There’s no... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Newsweek Lets Simpson Speak for Himself; American Banker Connects Politics and Policy, The Hill on the Obvious, Etc.

The bipartisan commission on the national debt established by President Obama is set to start working in a few weeks,... More

The White House vs. the Associated Press

Is talking to the insurance industry off limits?

Linda Douglass, who works at the White House Office of Health Reform, smacked the AP last week for its “so-called... More

Miscast Model

Sure, Jon Stewart’s brilliant. That doesn’t mean CNN should imitate him.

As the steady stream of proposals for how to “fix” CNN continues apace in the wake of last week’s dismal... More

Audit D.C. Notes: National Journal Uncovers Who Makes What on K Street; WaPo on What We Think About Homeownership, NYT on What to Expect, Etc.

What do they make? It’s what everyone wants to know, especially when it comes to the small world of K... More

Grove’s Death Knell for White House Press Corps Skips a Beat

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove tries to declare the death of the White House press corps. And he makes a... More

Getting Foxy on Currencies

The Treasury Department’s announcement that it’s delaying a much-anticipated decision on whether China manipulates its currency got lots of coverage—and... More

The Best-Covered News Story, Ever?

Does The New Republic live on Mars?

Last week, The New Republic turned over its health care blog “The Treatment” to an odd commenter on media coverage—University... More

WSJ Looks Past the Census Noise

The Wall Street Journal finds an interesting angle on the census, looking beyond the rhetoric of conservative activists who’ve been... More

Party Power

Hillary wouldn’t have pushed for health care? Don’t believe it

Via Kevin Drum, Bruce Bartlett has an essay at Forbes.com today that comes to a peculiar conclusion (emphasis added): I... More

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

ProPublica launches a new reporting tool

The folks at ProPublica have been covering the troubles with the federal government’s home loan modification program for awhile, and... More

Congress Not Popular in ‘08, Either

In his column today in The Washington Post, David Broder laments the sunken state of Capitol Hill. Despite the passage... More

NYT’s Uncertain Trumpet on States’ Finances

The New York Times starts with a simple premise today: With many states facing debt problems like Greece did—big budget... 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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