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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

Your Move, CNN

Media Matters for America touts itself as "a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring,... More

He’s Just Not That Into (Getting Into) It

Question-evasion is a time-honored tradition among White House press secretaries; the terms used to avoid commenting, however, vary by occupant... More

Why the Twitter Absence? Keller’s Toothsome Response

Bill Keller has been, of late, an absentee Twitterer: his most recent tweet was posted on May 14. What's up... More

The Washington Post’s Priorities, Beer Goggles Edition

By my count, the people mocked in the latest episode of "Mouthpiece Theater"--the Washington Post Web series starring Dana Milbank... More

“The Coalition of the Swilling,” or, “The Audacity of Hops”

Yesterday's so-called "Beer Summit" did not feature: screaming matches; fist fights; heartfelt hugs; apologies. Thus, cable pundits deemed the thing... More

Another One on the Block

The latest magazine to be put up for sale? Publisher's Weekly. 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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