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A Broken Lede

The government isn’t “broke.” Reporters should stop saying it is.

The Associated Press has an important story today about the fairly horrifying condition of many state budgets. On its site,... More

A Great Catch by Ben Smith

Belly-aching about the presidential field is nothing new

The announcement by Mitch Daniels, the Republican governor of Indiana, that he won’t run for president in 2012 seems likely... More

A kingmaker for the invisible primary

Yesterday, we published an interview I conducted with Hans Noel, co-author of the 2008 book The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations... More

A picture is worth a thousand memes

Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Matt Wuerker responds to Farhad Manjoo

Farhad Manjoo thinks political cartoons are stale, stupid, and unfunny—or so he argued in Slate last week, saying that, instead... More

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A Web survey isn’t a poll, CNBC

The network’s tweet creates a misleading media narrative on the veep debate

Whoever was running the CNBC Twitter feed last night didn't know the difference between a scientific poll and a Web... More

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Aggregation aggravation

Politico’s Maggie Haberman has a pretty liberal view of how much to quote when aggregating. Should she be more conservative?

How much aggregation is too much? It's been years since aggregator extraordinaire Huffington Post entered the online media fray, and... More

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Are the fiscal fights a bore?

Not to those who dig

One of the more telling stories to emerge during the holidays was Politico’s candid take on coverage of the fiscal... More

AT&T Buys Nonprofit Support for its Anticompetitive Merger

Politico and the Washington Post follow the money

It ought to raise eyebrows when groups like the NAACP, GLAAD, and the nation's largest teachers union lobby to approve... More

Audit Notes: Politico’s Goldman PR, ProPublica Vindicated, Mark to Myth

The Huffington Post's Peter S. Goodman points to a bizarre report in Politico this morning: Much was made of a... More

Audit Notes: Romney’s Black Box, Banker Probe, Laffer Curveball

Politico makes a good point about how reporters are having something of a hard time assessing Mitt Romney's tenure at... More

Audit Notes: Unnamed Source No-No, “Grassroots” Wisconsin, Kinsley

The Washington Post gives us a case study today in how not to use anonymous sources. It reports that the... More

Bachmann and Pawlenty: Where’s the Policy in this Grudge Match?

Politico misses an opportunity

My colleague Greg Marx on Thursday gave something of a laurel to the Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman for a... More

Big Wheel Keep on Turnin’

Hamster for the holidays from the NYT, WSJ, and Politico

Audit boss Dean Starkman wrote a CJR cover story a couple of months ago called "The Hamster Wheel," decrying journalistic... More

Birthday Coverage for the Affordable Care Act

The two faces of health reform

The health reform law celebrates its two-year anniversary tomorrow. There are myriad ways to report on the Affordable Care Act... More

Covering a “Koch-Fueled” Weekend in CA

Reports from the clandestine conservative confab

Charles and David Koch, the billionaire owners of Koch Industries, hosted a semi-annual, invitation-only conference for conservative political donors, strategists,... More

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Cracking open Congress

We need better insider reporting about the “fiscal cliff”

We've just finished an election in which quantitative analysis provided far more accurate predictions than pundits and reporters, who frequently... More

Hawaii Four-Four

Digging deep on the president’s Christmas vacation

Pity the poor political writer who must spend his or her pre-holiday hours eking out a report on the President’s... More

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Hey readers: They’re bluffing! (maybe)

The need to put political bargaining positions in context

Insider reporting is vital to understanding what The Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib describes as the "'Groundhog Day' loop of... More

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In Joe Willams’s firing, questions of race

Would the former Politico reporter have been dismissed for his comments if he were white?

In America, talk about race is complex and fraught with danger. It is easy for people of good will to... More

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Laurels to Politico and National Journal

For exposing the shady side of the campaign-industrial complex

Back in April, an excellent column by Walter Shapiro here at CJR urged reporters on the money-in-politics beat to... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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