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Politico’s “Snuggie” Article: An Ontological Argument

My best guess at the logic that accounts for the existence of today's Politico article, "Conservatives embrace the Snuggie": 1.... More

Chez Stephanopoulos

Behold, George Stephanopoulos's "seashell-themed powder room." More

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

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


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

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

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