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President Puts Words (And Cupcakes) in Helen Thomas’s Mouth

President Obama dropped by the White House briefing room this afternoon to present a plate of cupcakes to Helen Thomas,... More

Bad Morning America

Side effects of getting your health news from morning news shows may include dizziness, nausea, anxiety, confusion, false hope... Prof.... More

The Washington Post’s Priorities, Cottonelle Edition

"Mouthpiece Theater"...is back. Yes. And it is, though we didn't think it was possible, bigger and better even more inane... More

“Mad Bitch,” Twitter Edition

If Bill Clinton were on a "private mission" in North Korea meeting with Kim Jong-il to discuss the release of... More

“Steve” Agrees With Steve Doocy…

... who sounds a lot like that woman at that health care town hall. Well, "people think alike:" The Daily... More

Time for a Rousing Game of Spot-the-Irony!

Anyone else see something ironic about this Shapira-themed Atlantic post? More

NYT “Too Pushy” to Land Levi Johnston Interview

The Alaska Daily News's's Julia O'Malley recently dined with Levi Johnston (father of Sarah Palin's grandson, Tripp) and Johnston's entourage,... More

McCain: Campaign Press Had “A Totally More Hostile Attitude”…

.... and that's totally John (not Meghan) McCain's assessment of the 2008 v. 2000 campaign press. Sen. McCain aired a... More

Depression Shopping

As surely everyone knows by now, America is deep in the throes of a recession. But no matter how dire... More

Painfully Unfunny People

For all those proclaiming The Death of the Newspaper Movie Critic...we give you: Rex Reed's artful evisceration of Funny People... More

NYT’s Stanley to “Again Get Special Editing Attention”

"How Did This Happen?" ("This" being seven eight errors in Alessandra Stanley's July 17th New York Times "appraisal" of Walter... More

Fairness Doctrine, Anyone?

I realize it has been a long, long time since this mindset at our TV networks could reasonably be considered... More

“Serendipity” Three

In a March 2006 op-ed in the St. Petersburg Times, William McKeen argued that "in these disposable days of now... More

What the WaPo’s Ombud Wrote about Today*

*hint: It doesn't rhyme with "bad witch"... On Friday, two Washington Post political reporters caused a firestorm when they aired... More

Mouthpiece Theatre off the Air

The Washington Post “Mouthpiece Theater” video in which columnists Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza suggested that Hillary Clinton drink “Mad... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

Bloggingheads

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

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