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A dart to the AP—and a laurel!

Good work on fact-checking speeches; on Social Security, not so much

Dart The Associated Press misled its many readers, unfortunately, about what is a Social Security benefit cut and what... More

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One last night on the outskirts in Tampa

Welsh cakes, a protest that wasn’t, and the rest of the scene from the RNC

This post has been updated. TAMPA — It's 6:30 p.m. on the final night of the Republican National Convention, and... More

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Read? Listen? Who has the time?

At political conventions, journalists get preliterate

TAMPA—Sitting in my motel room Thursday on the fringes of Tampa, maybe 20 miles and three weather systems away from... More

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How ‘half true’ happens

Our correspondent sits in as PolitiFact editors rate Nikki Haley’s claim

TAMPA — “Perhaps if we all ignore PolitiFact, they'll eventually go away," went the lede of a Weekly Standard story... More

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Checking the foundation of ‘We Built It’

In many Virginia papers, coverage of McDonnell’s convention speech is a let-down

VIRGINIA — The Republican National Convention may be happening in Tampa, but the theme for the gathering’s opening Tuesday night—“We... More

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Ignored factchecks and the media’s crisis of confidence

Whatever campaigns may do, aggressive truth-telling is the right approach for reporters

Can the media stop politicians from misleading the public? That's the question on the minds of many journalists and commentators... More

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In Florida, convention coverage ranges from abundant to absent

The Tampa papers go all-in, while the Sun Sentinel goes missing

TAMPA — On Wednesday, the morning after the first night of the Republican National Convention, the front page of the... More

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Following up on a promise of jobs

The Salisbury Post in North Carolina talks to manufacturing workers still waiting on a call back to work

NORTH CAROLINA — Kudos to the scrappy little Salisbury Post in Salisbury, North Carolina, for its story Sunday detailing the... More

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A celebration of access in Tampa

Conventions are about getting in to the place worth being

TAMPA — It only took me two minutes to get kicked out of Liberty Plaza. Liberty Plaza, sponsored by various... More

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It’s morning in the Tampa Convention Center

Swing States Project’s Florida correspondent takes it all in

TAMPA — In a large room, just off the main floor of the Tampa Convention Center, there are about 100... More

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Conventions: A great learning opportunity for voters

Why the debate over a lack of news misses the point

Every four years, the two presidential candidates do battle in a series of high-stakes televised events that could shape the... More

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In defense of convention coverage

Thoughts from a veteran political reporter who still gets butterflies

For me, the malady known as Convention Anxiety is a quadrennial affliction that begins around March of every presidential election... More

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Tampa Bay Times’s convention-eve welcome

The paper’s Sunday piece is strong (cringe-making Florida boosterism aside)

TAMPA — Wince. That was my first reaction as I started to read a Sunday story about the Republican National... More

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Michigan media on Romney’s birth certificate ‘joke’ (UPDATED)

Some news outlets let it slide—unexplained, unchallenged

MICHIGAN — Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan brought the Republican presidential ticket to Commerce, Michigan today in an event billed... More

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The word on the street: apprehensive

Listening to voters talk about Medicare in St. Louis

The idea of privatizing Medicare is not winning popularity contests with voters. A Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday found... 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.”

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