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Tom Friedman Needs A Factchecker

We’ve called out Tom Friedman in recent months for being “radically wrong” in the past. And then for being “still... More

Photos from the Nobel Prize Press Pool

Today in Stockholm the Swedish Academy announced the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature: eighty-year-old Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer.... More

With Perry, it pays to look under the rock

While many reporters in Texas might be racing down dusty roads to find that rock, Brenda Bell of the Austin... More

Does This Mean the Iowa Caucuses Are Like eHarmony?

Web headline on the lead campaign story in The New York Times today: “Romney Waits as G.O.P. Flirts with Alternates.”... More

Count the Chris Christie Headlines…

…appearing on Politico’s home page right now (here's a screen shot): I spy these four highly informative headlines: "Christie Still... More

A Times Conflict of Interest Resolved

In 2009, Ethan Bronner, who has run the Jerusalem bureau for The New York Times since March 2008, joined the... More

This Time Around, Little Traction for ‘Class Warfare’

This bit of faint praise may reflect—to borrow a phrase—the soft bigotry of low expectations, but I’ll offer it anyway:... More

On priorities and presidents

If you tuned into one of the Sunday morning talk shows yesterday—that most coveted of political press spots, conveying what... More

“The National Media” and Perry

Some interesting bits from Politico’s recent piece on "the hunger for information" about Rick Perry and how “the Texas press... More

Damning With Absurd Praise

Check out the comments in Adweek by Gannett’s new chief marketing officer about the company’s flagship newspaper, USA Today. Maryam... More

Witnessing Somalia

Just a quick note: Jeffrey Gettleman's New York Times article from yesterday on famine in Somalia merits an appreciation. It's... More

Palin’s Basketball Diaries

Yes, we've been reviewing the media's coverage of social security and health care and the jobs plan, but we've also... More

Parsing Perry’s ‘Ponzi’ Claim

My short post last week on the failure of a CBS News story to assess the accuracy of Rick Perry’s... More

The Other Rogue

Is Joe McGinniss a jerk? Sarah Palin certainly thinks so: she didn't like it when McGinniss rented the Wasilla house... More

Shouldn’t All Stories be ‘Fact-Check’ Stories?

On the subject of fact-checking the presidential debates, it’s worth noting that while the proliferation of “fact-check” stories over the... 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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