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The Puppetry of the President

From a particularly animated bit of President Obama's speech in Elkhart, Indiana earlier today (emphasis mine): ...energy and innovation, health... More

As The Media Circles Speculate (Weekdays, 4pm, Only On…)

Last week, I linked to Annie Lowrey's observation on Foreign Policy's Passport blog of "How [News] Stories About the Secretary... More

Better Late Than Never, Washington Post Edition

There’s no time stamp to indicate when it went up, but The Washington Post has now officially acknowledged that it... More

NY Post: “Chicks” Home From North Korea!

Current TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee are safely back in California after months in a North Korean jail.... More

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

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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