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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

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

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

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

Bloggingheads

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

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