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In Which the Word “False” Is Used Five Times

If someone were to create a media criticism version of Family Feud*--and if, during an episode of that show, one... More

“He Was Swimming in a Butterscotch River while Angels Blew Cream-puff Kisses at His Feet”

Yet again, The Daily Show's skewering of the media coverage of the health care debate is both brilliant and spot-on:... More

Frum: “The guns are coming out. The risks are real.”

This has been, in the health care debate, The Week of the Gun. David Frum shoots back: It's not enough... More

On the Merits of Coke Classic

Robert Wright, writing over at The Daily Dish, declares his appreciation for the latimes.com redesign: I like the new online... More

Newsweek and Rove

Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff doesn’t pull any punches in his story on Karl Rove’s role in the 2006 firing of numerous... More

Could You Be (Are You Being) “Coerced” Into Reading Time?

In response to (sigh, must we? really? apparently so) Sarah Palin's latest Facebook post on "death panels," (particularly the part... More

“We Have a [CNBC] Request For…Lots of Anger”

In case you haven't seen this, CNBC apparently spelled out/sought out what other cable channels have been merely courting for... More

Town Hall Highlight Reel Star Explains Herself on Hannity

Here is Katy Abram explaining to Fox News's Sean Hannity last night how she was transformed from an unthinking Bill... More

Choose Your Own Interviewer on 60 Minutes?

An online commenter helps Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik distill his argument that having James Brown (a CBS Sports... More

Now You Can Impulse-Purchase The Economist

... and have it in your hands the next day! Via The Guardian: The Economist has launched a single copy... More

“Things Fall Apart; Balthazar Is on Hold”

In response to the Observer's tale of Condé's woes, Alex Balk (now of The Awl) has penned "The McKinsey Summing"--in... More

Clinton’s “Nothing Job”

From today's New York Post: HILL HATH A FURY OVER NOTHING JOB While Bill Cavorts in Vegas Secretary of State... More

“Scores of” Reporters Arriving In Afghanistan; 2 From AP Injured

While "casualties among reporters have been relatively unusual in recent months in Afghanistan," per the New York Times, two AP... More

Ferguson and Felix: Coates’s Pseudo-Defense

Niall Ferguson met widespread vitriol today for the blunt comparison he made, in his column in the Financial Times, between... More

Bruni’s Last Course

Frank Bruni's final review as restaurant critic for The New York Times has just been published. And he goes out... 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


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.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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