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“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

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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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