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Tortured Logic, “Dueling Speeches” Edition

Media overplay, under-analyze yesterday’s torture arguments

“Democrats and Republicans, politicians, journalists, and citizens fell silent. In other words we went off course.”–President Barack Obama “I want... More

“Good Deeds, and Good Works”

In memoriam: Eden Ross Lipson

Eden Ross Lipson, an author-editor-activist-journalist who had a huge, mostly-unseen impact on American literature and American life, died early yesterday... More

Winners and Sinners

Kaiser on Ifill, Bumiller, Sulzberger, and more

Winners: New York Times economics columnist David Leonhardt and President Barack Obama for a splendidly substantive interview in The New... More

Above the Fold: The Pentagon Capers

The mainstream media are silent on the Pentagon’s repudiation of its own report

This week the Pentagon took the highly unusual step of withdrawing a report issued by its inspector general one week... More

Above the Fold: Ross Report Revisited

Kaiser on Stelter, Ross, and the 2007 CIA waterboarding interview

Brian Stelter reports on page one of The New York Times today that newly disclosed torture memoranda show how an... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Shane, Maddow, Kaplan, and more

Winner: The New York Times's Scott Shane. Just four months after remarks of F.B.I. director Robert Mueller were published on... More

Above the Fold: Know-Nothings at the NYT

Times waterboarding story reports, demonstrates ignorance of history

“There is no history of ethnic conflict in Iraq.” – former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, explaining to Congress... More

Above the Fold: Waiting in the Lobby

The Obama administration needs to rethink its blanket “no lobbyists” policy

Although FCP doesn’t agree with everything the Obama administration has done, especially in its defense of state secrets, never has... More

Above the Fold: Memos of (Mis)understanding

For the torture memos, too, sunlight is the best disinfectant

Barack Obama acted intelligently and courageously yesterday by making the Bush administration’s torture memos public, despite the strong objections of... More

Above the Fold: Beltway Journalism, “Swallowed by an Hourglass”

It’s long past time to expand the spectrum of Sunday-show punditry

The more things change, the more Beltway punditry stays the same. If only the voters could change the composition of... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Danner, Poniewozik, Rove, Vanity Fair, and more

Winner: Mark Danner, for another brilliant piece about torture in the New York Review of Books: “Torture is at the... More

Above the Fold: Our Financial Follies

Black and Born prove it yet again: we need to regulate the regulators

Last week, William Black, a former investigator of the Savings and Loan scandal, went on Bill Moyers Journal and repeated... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Vanity Fair, Ed Henry, and Colbert

Sinner: Vanity Fair, for running an article by Mark Bowden about Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. that was so filled with elementary... More

Above the Fold: Colin Powell, American Coward

The general continues to debunk the myth of his own greatness

At just about every crucial juncture in his career, Colin Powell has failed his country, and himself. This sorry record... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Goldberger, Cohen, Greenwald, Wolff, and more

Winner: Paul Goldberger, for a beautiful meditation in The New Yorker on the baseball stadiums just completed for the New... 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”

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

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