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NYT Profiles Fox News’s “Rodeo Clown”

The New York Times today profiles Glenn Beck ("Mad, Apocalyptic, Tearful, and a Rising Star on Fox News"). In the... More

“What do you do with 3,000 empty metal boxes?”

That's what SeattlePI.com wants to know...and what the Seattle Times needs to figure out. Seattle's remaining print daily, as a... More

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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

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

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

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


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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