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Note to Dylan Ratigan: Don’t Piss Off Jonathan Capehart’s Mom

So: Bagelgate. In which an impish producer, during a recent episode of Dylan Ratigan's Morning Meeting, filmed the preternaturally-composed-and-always-immaculately-garbed Jonathan... More

CNN Grade Grubs

Still recovering from coverage of Obama's First 100 Days? Brace yourself. It's time for the media to assess Obama's Second... More

Not All “Media Workers” Can Do That

Time Out New York's Matt Schneiderman suggests five lines of work unemployed journalists might pursue -- publicist, editorial strategist, project... More

That “Stirring Scene” on the Burbank Tarmac…

...No, not this one, you Beltway rube: This one: Per the New York Times's Adam Nagourney: It was a stirring... More

Not Everything “Happening Now” is News

Via County Fair: (Though President Obama might want to keep this in mind when he heads off to the Vineyard... More

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

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


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

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”

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