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Casper the Friendly Tweet

Last month, after Britney Spears (well, Britney Spears' management team) was caught posting ads on Harvard job boards seeking an... More

This is Balance?

Reading today this fluffy piece in the Times about how the Obamas are going out on the town in D.C.—"These... More

Photo of the Day

I came across this photo in a Guardian article, and thought it was just fantastic enough for passing along. Now,... More

Teleprompter Talks Back

"What kind of politician brings a teleprompter to a news conference?" asked the AP's Ron Fournier last night in his... More

A Presidency “Defined” (So Soon?)

At The Daily Beast, Eric Alterman critiques last night's performance by the White House press corps, giving a thumbs-down to... More

“Progress,” “Patience”

A quick scan of the front pages of today's papers (thanks, Newseum) shows that President Obama's second prime time press... More

“Detached, Bite-Sized Yippety-Yap!”

Behold, a new genre of artistic expression: twarody (not to be confused with twatire)--fun had at the expense of the... More

Crawford to Be Obama’s Special Asst for Science, Tech, and Innovation Policy

Word has it that President Obama has tapped Susan Crawford--media-law scholar, OneWebDay founder, ICANN board member, and Net neutrality advocate--to... More

LeBron James Has His Pre-Game Powder Toss…

... Ed Henry has his pre-prime-time-presidential-press-conference white notebook paper ritual. Henry, CNN's White House correspondent, "writes his [questions for the... More

Ask The President…about Student Loan Forgiveness

I wrote last week about the launch of Ask The President, a new initiative aimed at injecting the people's perspective... More

Dow Low, Sugar High

Last week, the New York Times reported that "Whoopie Pies Are Having Their Moment," that the "cake-like sandwiches" have "finally... More

Klein: “Get Pissed At… Media Culture”

At Time's Swampland blog, Joe Klein offers some media criticism (er, "media culture" criticism): A certain newsmagazine--hint: not this one--has... More

Tonight: Will Obama Sell The Bank Plan? Make Gaffes? Get Ratings?

"Some in Washington [are] wondering whether the president is becoming overexposed," writes the New York Times's Peter Baker (emphasis mine)... More

Morning Blago

Tomorrow morning, from 7 to 9am, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will be guest-hosting "The Don Wade & Roma Morning... More

Forget Michelle’s Arms

Yesterday on Fresh Air, Queen of the Question Terry Gross broke new ground in the bawdy body part banter when... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Journalists subpoenaed in ‘pink-slime’ suit - BPI wants emails from NYT’s Michael Moss, public-health lawyer Michele Simon, and others

Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box - Justin Smith’s ambitious digital transformation hits some bumps

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Embedded with the Koch brothers - Hometown reporters get rare access to the media-shy oilmen, with mixed results


The 60-second interview: Marty Baron (Capital New York)

CAPITAL: I just noticed that the most-read story right now on your website is an aggregated piece about a Russian lizard sex station in space. BARON: [Laughs] Is that right?

Your iPhone can now make free encrypted calls (Wired)

The beginning of the end of burner phones?

The new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

Bloggingheads

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

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