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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

You Should See His Classical Music Reviews…

From the Bizarrely Incongruous Ledes Department, here's how Washington Post reporter Steve Yanda leads his recap of yesterday's Nationals/Diamondbacks game... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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