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Major papers’ longform meltdown

Stories longer than 2,000 words down 86 percent at the LAT since 2003, 50 percent at WaPo, etc.

No one equates story-length with quality. Let’s start with that concession. But still. Story-length is hardly meaningless when you consider... More

NYT Paywall to Other Papers: “Copy Me!”

There’s no excuse for other publishers not to follow the Times’s model

If The New York Times spun off its digital edition, it would be the tenth biggest paper in the country... More

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The Washington Post needs a paywall—now

A strategic error needs to be reversed, stat

The not-so-gentle ejection of Marcus Brauchli from the top editor’s chair at The Washington Post has cast a bright... More

WaPo and Times Go Softly, Softly with Barbour

Similar profiles tell similar tales

Pity poor Tim Pawlenty. The day after the former Minnesota governor made a shallow splash announcing his presidential exploratory... More

WaPo Pulls Up Short On Trade and Tariffs

The Washington Post looks at what happens when the U.S. actually fights low-priced Chinese imports with tariffs: The factories move... More

WaPo Short-Arms a Promising Piece on Factory Jobs

The Washington Post gives us an interesting but blurry snapshot of the economy, looking at how the news about manufacturing,... More

WaPo Shows Geithner Pushed Austerity

A profile reports the Treasury secretary steered Obama away from jobs focus

You can sense a surge in criticism of the Obama administration coming, both from within and from former members of... More

WaPo’s Misleading Social Security Piece

Article doesn’t come close to telling the whole story

By now we’re aware that The Washington Post supports serious changes in Social Security. In fact, the paper editorialized Friday... More

WaPo: OCC Had the Banks’ Back on Foreclosures

Comptroller John Dugan rejected requests from states to investigate

This Washington Post story yesterday didn't get as much attention as it ought to have. Zachary Goldfarb reports on yet... More

A Times Story Bodes Ill for the Washington Post

An investigation shows how Kaplan used predatory tactics to get students and government money

The for-profit college business just looks worse and worse, and a New York Times investigation this morning paints a disturbing... More

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A cure for second-term doldrums?

TNR’s Obama “recovery guide” is a break from the media tedium

During second terms, the Washington press corps gets bored. There's usually not much going on! As a result, reporters hype... More

A Dim-Bulb Story From the Washington Post

New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman's office this afternoon sent out a press release hammering the Washington Post's page-one story on... More

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A drug offers better care for a disease that affect millions. How can it be ‘low value’?

By costing $1,000 a pill. The new hepatitis C treatment puts drug costs on the media agenda

When we first took a look at media coverage of Sovaldi, the new wonder drug to treat hepatitis C,... More

A Midsummer Donation Spike, With Context

Reports from recent campaign finance reports

There is much that can not be found in publicly available federal campaign finance reports: the identities of all the... More

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A piracy defense walks the plank at the Post (UPDATED)

A blogger gets schooled by the meanies of Big Copyright

There are many problems with Timothy B. Lee's Washington Post blog post on Hollywood's supposed culpability for the theft of... More

A Suspicious Palin Moratorium

So… Dana Milbank at The Washington Post is calling for February to be a Sarah Palin-free month. Not in the... More

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A thin Post piece on the cliff’s consequences

Article on purported impact of tax shift favors assumptions and anecdotes over data

Since election day, the so-called “fiscal cliff” has moved to the top of the political news agenda, and CJR has... More

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A weakened Washington Post, a serious ethical breach

Erik Wemple hits his own paper for hopping the wall between ads and news

Erik Wemple breaks a huge media-corruption story for the Washington Post, and unfortunately for his employer, it's about the Post... More

All But Ignoring the Fed’s Call for More Stimulus

Deficit-obsessed newspapers stuff Bernanke’s plea for near-term spending or tax cuts

Last week, Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve chairman, Republican, Bush appointee, calm technocrat, called for more fiscal stimulus (government spending and/or... More

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Anatomy of a so-called scandal (UPDATED)

On the Sen. Menendez story, flimsy prostitution claims vs. stronger allegations of influence-peddling. Guess which gets more play?

Update, 3/4, 7:15 pm: Less than two hours after this article was posted, The Washington Post published a story on... 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


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.”

Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

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