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Joan Walsh “Could Never Be” Dick Armey’s Wife (So There!)

Chris Matthews sort of lost (or failed to take) control of Hardball last night . What happened? During a loud... More

End Of (Book) World?

After February 15, the Washington Post will no longer publish Book World, its stand-alone print book review section. Books coverage,... More

Bow Reports

Do you know this Lego woman? Look familiar, at all? The LA Times explains. SF Weekly offers additional images. The... More

Obama on al-Arabiya

And the first formal interview of Obama’s presidency goes to… Hisham Melhem, Washington bureau chief for Saudi-owned, Dubai-based al-Arabiya television.... More

Gillmor on GateHouse

So the much-discussed GateHouse v. Times Company suit settled out of court earlier this week, and many media analysts met... More

Andrea, Anecdotally

Anecdotal evidence gathered mostly via IM by The (New York) Observer suggests that... some of the Observer reporters' gay friends... More

Upstate/Downstate Divide in Gillibrand Coverage

Any native New Yorker can tell you that the Empire State really has two domains: upstate and downstate (or, if... More

By Blago Interview #14, What’s Left To Ask?

What's left to ask when you're conducting the 17th 14th (of 17, total*) interview with Gov. Blagojevich in 48 hours... More

Did Blago Make “Self-Condemning News” On Maddow’s Show?

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, directly after her interview with Gov. Blagojevich last night, wondered on-air: Did he just confess to me... More

Calling All “Enlightened Philanthropists…”

On today's New York Times op-ed page, David Swensen and Michael Schmidt (an investment officer and a financial analyst, respectively,... More

Kindle 1.0: Fired

In "The Future of Reading," Ezra Klein gave a mixed review to the physical aspect of Amazon's Kindle. The screen... More

“The Epidemic That Wasn’t” (Even If We Said It Was)

Maybe you're old enough to remember the media coverage of "crack babies" back in the '80s and '90s? Allow the... More

“Dream” Deferred?

Earlier this hour, the following weather-related headline appeared on the NBC News Washington Web site: Moments after I took that... More

Rabbit at Rest

John Updike, celebrated novelist and literary critic, has died of lung cancer at 76. Updike's Wikipedia page was updated to... More

Fox Fumbles Geography

CJR reader Dan writes in with a tip about a recent Fox News segment called "Terrorists in Your Backyard," in... 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

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

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

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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