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Another A1 Times-Picayune press release

This time the publisher takes to the front page, eliding the gutting of his newsroom

Not content with dominating the Times-Picayune's front page on Thursday with a press release from its editor, the paper ran... More

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Art Laffer + PR blitz = press failure

The media types up the retail lobby’s propaganda

Here's the headline of a USA Today op-ed in Thursday's paper: Arthur B. Laffer: Collect more sales taxes Say what?... More

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Astroturfing The New York Times and Wall Street Journal

A New Jersey businessman hits the media circuit again, with lobbying connections undisclosed

The New York Times writes about New Jersey voters raising the state's minimum wage a buck to $8.25 an hour... More

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Audit Notes: Google’s stonewalling, Moody’s spin clinic, USDA mortgages

An NYT story on how the company tried to stymie investigators of its Street View program

This New York Times story is a few days old, but worth flagging. The paper reports on Google's roguish reaction... More

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Audit Notes: WSJ and labor, Tumblr-speak, not the London whale

Getting it right on a nursing-home worker shortage

I got on the Journal last week for completely missing labor's point of view in a story on cranky McDonald's... More

Benjamin Wey and the Power of PR

In September, one Benjamin Wey, calling himself "Chinese American Financial Expert Foremost Expert On Chinese Business in U.S.," put out... More

Bloomberg’s Thin “Made in the USA” Story

Marketers run amok on a luxury manufacturing renaissance

This Bloomberg News story on luxury brands waving the red, white, and blue leaves much to be desired. First, it's... More

Calling Out a Source that Lied

The Memphis Commercial Appeal holds Schnucks accountable

As far as official denials go, it was clear and emphatic. Lori Willis, communications director of the Schnucks grocery chain,... More

Delaying the Dodd-Frank Rules

An NYT story shows the WSJ parroting bogus Wall Street spin

Planet Money's Jacob Goldstein makes a great catch this morning, noting that The Wall Street Journal and New York Times... More

GE Flubs a Pushback Against The New York Times

The company can’t—or won’t—get its story straight on taxes

General Electric went into full public-relations pushback mode after The New York Times's damaging story Friday on how it avoids... More

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GoldieBlox picks an unfair fight with the Beastie Boys

A dismal press performance on a clear case of aggressive copyright infringement

What kind of company takes a copyrighted hit song, rewrites the lyrics, and uses it in a commercial—without bothering to... More

Goldman’s WSJ Score

Goldman Sachs displays some savvy PR in getting The Wall Street Journal to go big with a story about it... More

Greg Smith and Goldman Sachs

It's tempting to get all savvy and snarky about Greg Smith's op-ed in The New York Times this morning on... More

Leakapalooza on the Hill

Public relations bends this morning’s banking committee previews

Bank of America previewed and helped to soften its executives' planned apology before Congress today by letting the Times... More

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Microsoft’s live-action press release

Journalists hype the software giant’s new tablet

Yesterday, Microsoft got a bunch of tech journalists to go to Hollywood for what it promised would be a major... More

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Roger Goodell’s salary stunner

Great sports reporting puts $44 million payday for the NFL commissioner in context

SportsBusiness Daily reports that the National Football League gave a big raise to its commissioner, Roger Goodell, who took in... More

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Spinning the Supreme Court’s healthcare decision

The press rides a PR tsunami on Obamacare

In the days before and after the Supreme Court’s decision, spin doctors were hard at work peddling their experts, positions,... More

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Sympathy for the Walmart flack

How the PR-afflicted colossus pushes its “jobs” narrative on a credulous press

On some level you have to feel a little bad for the Walmart flack. You try polishing the image of... More

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The Times airbrushes Tiger Fund’s flop

A needlessly flattering hedge fund profile omits the basics

The New York Times posts a flacktacular Business Day piece on a new hedge fund named Falcon Edge. This new... More

The Times’s Fluffy Coverage of the State of the Union

A poor show that amplifies Obama’s public-relations spiel

Did The New York Times really need to lead its page one with a two-column, three-line headline about a pedestrian... 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

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