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Wash Times highlights limits of Obama visitor disclosure policy

Yesterday, The Washington Times reported some none-too-flattering revelations suggesting a pay-to-play scheme inside the Obama White House. According to documents... More

Correction Fluid

Lessons from the Scalia misquote heard ‘round the Web

It seemed too strange to be true—and, in the end, it was. A story posted to The Huffington Post yesterday... More

The Karzai Connection

Commentators react to the NYT’s big scoop

Today’s New York Times leads with an extraordinary article reporting that Ahmed Wali Karzai—the brother of Afghan president Hamid Karzai,... More

Dr. Coca-Cola on Call

The king of Coke teams up with the family docs

One thing you have to say about the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is that it is... More

Invisible Influence

Is Sarah Palin really as powerful as the media says?

Sarah Palin is unavoidable. Not content to take over our dreams, the former governor of Alaska has conquered the best-seller... More

Truth Emerges about the Public Option

Who really will be allowed to join?

Sunday on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, George and his guests suddenly realized that the public option, whatever shape it... More

The Latest News from Massachusetts

Obama comes to talk about energy, not health care

It is surprising, as The Washington Post noted Friday, that President Obama paid a political visit to help Massachusetts Gov.... More

Chamber of Confusion

Journalists disagree on Chamber of Commerce numbers

On Oct. 8, The Wall Street Journal published an article about a feud between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and... More

The Two Talibans

Times piece draws an important distinction between Pakistani and Afghan groups

Today’s New York Times features an intriguing bit of explanatory reporting—an article by Scott Shane about the Taliban. Or, rather,... More

Who Will Be at the Table, Part XVII

The docs are back for their piece of the pie

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

Speak Up! No, Shut Up!

Faulty presidential strategy as an evergreen story

For a political reporter with column inches to fill, the White House’s rhetorical stance toward Congress is a fail-safe subject.... More

No Access? No Problem!

What’s so bad about not having access to the White House?

The Obama administration’s high-profile shunning of Fox News seems, at least in the short run, to have been a publicity... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part VIII

Unintended consequences for patients

Three years ago, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a far-reaching health reform law that politicians and the media hailed as... More

Q & A: Los Angeles Times Reporter Borzou Daragahi

The paper’s Beirut bureau chief talks about the situation in Iran

When political unrest erupted in Iran earlier this year in the wake of a disputed presidential election, Borzou Daragahi had... More

Just the Facts—But From Whom?

NYT outsources fact-checking responsibility

Today’s New York Times includes a profile of Michele Bachmann, the conservative congresswoman from Minnesota whom Sean Hannity has called,... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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