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Awkward Spitzer Moment on MSNBC

MSNBC's Carlos Watson was joined this morning by guest-co-host (and former New York Governor) Eliot Spitzer. Guest co-hosting a news... More

Meet The Press (And Hair)

One day, Politico has you "enjoying a gravitas boost" from your "prematurely salt-and-pepper mane," and then they turn around and... More

CBS News Retires To Keep Using Cronkite’s Voice-Over

Viewers of the CBS Evening News heard Walter Cronkite's voice-over for final time Friday night. The network opted to retire... More

Sanford’s Sorry State Column

Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina apologizes and seeks forgiveness via guest column in Sunday's The State. In part: It’s... More

Still More on Sotomayor

I know from anecdotal experience that my views about the value of the Senate hearings on Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court... More

Cost Control, Back in the News

In the wake of Atul Gawande’s much-discussed article in the June 1 New Yorker—in which he argued that a key... More

Buggin’ Out in Baltimore

I have a longstanding fascination with mattresses, bedbugs, night terrors, and other such factors that can confer or deny a... More

The Huffington Post as Moral Compass?

The Huffington Post is-thus far-a success story for the hybrid news model of voluntary contribution mixed with professional journalism. Well,... More

Lobbyists Slimy; No One Too Surprised

Two weeks after Mike Allen broke the story of The Washington Post’s planned “salons,” he’s back today with another tale... More

Obama, Hard Truths, and the Media

There’s an interesting contrast in coverage of President Barack Obama’s address to the NAACP in The New York Times and... More

Do Reader Comments on Web Articles “Devalue” Journalism?

Douglas Bailey, president and founder of DBMediaStrategies Inc., thinks so. (What is DBMedia Strategies? The company's web site says that... More

Q: Since 2001, how many media leak investigations have the FBI conducted?

A: Over 100. That's according to an exchange flagged by Steven Aftergood, the invaluable government secrecy maven, in written responses... More

GlobalPost Reporter On His Weeks in Iran’s Evin Prison

GlobalPost correspondent Iason Athanasiadis, while reporting on the demonstrations in Tehran, was arrested and held in Evin jail for three... More

CNN’s Rick Sanchez “Take[s] the Conversation Outside the Beltway…”

... to the South Florida kitchen of his mom's house to, "with some trepidation," ask his mom, Adela Fernanndez, "the... More

Washington’s Newest “Escort Service”

Add another page to the saga of the salons. Ken Silverstein has a post pointing out two events Politico has... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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