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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

Let Them Eat Cake. But Let That Cake Be Off-Brand.

It is official. The mighty have fallen. More

Matthews to Kostric: “You’re Carrying a Goddamned Gun at a Presidential Event”

On today's episode of Hardball, Chris Matthews grills William Kostric, the fellow (and--perhaps unsurprisingly, given the "Tree of Liberty" sign... More

In Other News from “The Rape Capital of the World”

Congo. You may know it as, most recently, that place where Sec. of State Hillary Clinton said (when asked "What... More

Bosom Buddies

Yet another way that Hillary Clinton has blazed a trail: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is once again stirring up discussion... More

President: We Won’t “Pull the Plug On Grandma”

Best? Most eye-catching-est? chyron thus far during the president's health care town hall in Portsmouth, NH, on MSNBC just now:... More

You Had A Bad (Hair) Day, Tabloids Edition

Megan noted earlier Andrea Mitchell's take on "what insiders are saying" about Sec. of State Clinton's annoyed "I'm the Secretary... More

The Missing Link — How Not to Launch a Web Site

File this one under: Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks. Yesterday, the Chicago Tribune officially launched its ChicagoNow.com site, which brings... More

No, ABC News, This Isn’t “The Way to Reform Health Care”

ABC News's constructive contribution to health care reportage this morning on Good Morning America, above the unintentionally(?) maddening chyron "THE... More

Andrea Mitchell Attributes Clinton’s “Lost in Translation” Response to a “Bad Hair Day”

So Hillary Clinton displayed a rare show of public anger yesterday during a town hall in Kinshasa, Congo--after a university... More

On the Etymology of ‘Dogwasher’

Elizabeth Rubin’s long, detailed New York Times Magazine article about Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, mentions in passing that... More

Media: You’ve Got Kurtz’s Go-Ahead to Pronounce Palin “Wrong”

From Howard Kurtz's Q&A today at washingtonpost.com: Portland, Ore.: Is there a point when the media should simply say a... More

Froomkin’s First Huffington Post

Dan Froomkin has officially started his tenure as Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post, and he has now published... More

O’Reilly ❤s Obama, but Not his Parents

Based on the evidence of his peculiar backhanded mash note to the president, published yesterday in Parade, it seems that... More

About Today’s NYT A-1 Trend Story…

... the one about how "people are increasingly waking up and lunging for cellphones and laptops, sometimes even before swinging... 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

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

Bloggingheads

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

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