Wednesday, September 03, 2014. Last Update: Tue 3:20 PM EST

The Kicker

The First Time as Tragedy, the Second as Farsi

Status: Persian!!! Yep, take that, Twitter: Last night, Facebook--this week's second-most-talked-about social networking site--released a test version of its site... More

Stephen Knows Why…He Swatted That Fly…

This Colbert Report clip is belated (it's from Wednesday night's episode)--but it's a Friday, and the clip's hilarious...so here it... More

Photog Arrested in Iran Speaks Out

Photo District News has a fascinating Q&A with a photographer (European) who was arrested on Tuesday while covering the events... More

“It’s Like an Electronic Leash to Yank Me Back In”

...is how Contessa Brewer described her work-issued BlackBerry on MSNBC just now. (The comment came as Brewer was readying herself... More

More Op-Charts, Please

There's something about getting straight data --presented on a pretend clip-board, in the middle of an opinion page-- that I... More

“First Line of Surveillance of All The News…”

... is how Josh Marshall described the role of TalkingPointsMemo.com's readers on last night's Colbert Report. (From Colbert's intro: "Here's... More

Twitter Karma

Beware, Jack Shafer ("Doubting Twitter. Let's not get carried away about its role in Iran's demonstrations"). When you speak ill... More

Who Remains To Report In Iran

From the New York Times: After the visas of most visiting journalists expire [including, today, NPR's correspondent and the Times's... More

NYT’s “Coy” Iran Coverage?

From Time's James Poniewozik, via Twitter: Is it just me or does nytimes #iranelection coverage seem strangely coy? As if... More

President Harms Fly; TV News Harms America

CNBC's John Harwood had a sit-down with President Obama yesterday during which they discussed.... during which the president addressed... um,... More

CNN’s “Unverified Material”

A segment from last night's Daily Show mocking a new on-screen ID that's popped up on CNN during reports on... More

(Where To) Get Your Iran News

Both The Nation's iran_s_twitter_revolution?rel=emailNation">Ari Berman and Politico's Ben Smith offer recommendations for where to get news (and commentary) about Iran.... More

Twitter Triumphalism? (“CNNFail” and All I Got Was This T-Shirt)

For just $17.99, you can be the proud (triumphant) owner of this #CNNFail ringer T. Probably you've heard of #CNNFail?... More

Kristof’s Elite Tweets

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof tweacts to making The Twitter Elite (or Twitter's "suggested user list," on which the... More

Iran on Today’s Front Pages

Well. Here's how the New York Post today plays the news from Iran. I'm guessing they're alone with that headline,... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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

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