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“Our Independence from Advertisers or Sponsors Is Inviolable”

Michael Calderone has the indignant-toned memo WaPo executive editor Marcus Brauchli issued to the paper's staff earlier today in response... More

“That Turns Out to be Pretty Close to the Truth”

MSNBC viewers have suffered no shortage of discussion of Todd Purdum's anonymous source-heavy Vanity Fair article exploring "the pheromonal reality"... More

Senior Moment

The topic for tonight's opening segment on MSNBC's Hardball was Todd Purdum's Vanity Fair article on Sarah Palin, a story... More

Jackson Coverage: Too Much? Not Enough (About “Exercise Regimen”)?

Sixty-four percent of people polled for a Pew News Interest Index survey said there has been "too much" press coverage... More

Thomas: “Pattern of Controlling The Press”

Helen Thomas, a White House briefing room vet and Hearst News Service columnist, to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs... More

“Who will suffer?”

Last week, Lucy Dalglish, the executive director of the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, gave a disquieting... More

“Michael Jackson Will Only Die Once…”

... is the number one "stupidest comment" uttered on TV (so far, I'd add) about Jackson's death, according to Jon... More

Ezra Klein Says It All

To quote a tweet Ezra Klein just posted to his Twitter feed: "You know who I wish I had written... More

Explainer: What’s This About U.S. Troops In Iraq?

Brookings Institution's Michael O'Hanlon helped Fox News viewers just now get their heads around what's going on with U.S. troops... More

Transparency Corps Debuts

Thanks to about a minute of my time, America is a small step closer to being able to easily find... More

Tumulty: Presidential Press Conferences Have Always Been “of Very Little Value”

During a panel on--yes--the new media landscape (or, "How the Internet Ecosystem Can Improve Journalism") at the Personal Democracy Forum... More

Last Week’s Newshole: 19% Iran; 18% Jackson

According to PEJ (emphasis mine), For the week, the protests in Iran ended up being the biggest story, totaling 19%... More

Purdum on the “Pheromonal Reality” of the “Palin Phenomenon”

Courtesy of, often, unnamed "McCain aides," "McCain friends," and "persons familiar with," Todd Purdum explores at length "the Sarah Palin... More

Shadid: “We Are Disengaged From Iraq”

The Washington Post's Baghdad bureau chief, Anthony Shadid, describes at foreignpolicy.com why in Iraq, "as U.S. troops pull out, it's... More

Putting Faces to the Dead and Detained in Iran

The Guardian online is trying to "put a face to each of the hundreds -- possibly thousands-- killed or arrested... More

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

Bloggingheads

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

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