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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

Keller “Celebrates” Iran Coverage

Iran is the subject of this week's nytimes.com Q&A, "Talk to the Newsroom" (so far, it's just Bill Keller, recently... More

Cable, Torn

Which to carry live: Rev. Al Sharpton and Michael Jackson's father holding a news conference about Jackson's funeral arrangements; Or,... More

Rutten: Jackson Coverage Bad

Just because "America's serious news media -- whether print, broadcast or cable -- are in the grip of a collective... More

A “News Blackout” in Honduras

From Reporters Without Borders, on the situation in Honduras: President Manuel Zelaya’s ouster was followed by a curfew during which... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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