Monday, July 28, 2014. Last Update: Mon 11:07 AM EST

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Because It’s Friday…

At Time's "Swampland" blog, Karen Tumulty shares a classic Monty Python skit which, as she says, "is a perfect encapsulation... More

Russian Honeypot

Micheal Idov of The Daily Beast has an alternately funny and chilling--but really, mostly chilling--tale of how several men who've... More

Congressional Transparency Caucus Launched

Today Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) launched a new bipartisan Congressional Transparency caucus. Quigley's office has a seven... More

MoJo on Waste in Military Contracts

In a story today for Mother Jones, Adam Weinstein spotlights what sounds like a deficit reduction opportunity: It was just... More

The Clergy Abuse Story Comes Back to the U.S.

Talk about uncanny timing. Yesterday, ProPublica’s new reporter-blogger, Marian Wang, interviewed Walter Robinson, the former Boston Globe investigative journalist who... More

More on Polarization, and on Knowing Where to Look

My Campaign Desk item earlier today took issue with Tom Friedman’s argument that gerrymandered legislative districts are driving polarization in... More

The Health Reform Vote on Cable News

At The Monkey Cage, Patrick Egan has put together a nice chart showing viewership of the cable news networks on... More

Cornell and Kentucky: A Study in Contrasts

This Thursday night, the Cornell Big Red will play the Kentucky Wildcats in a men's NCAA basketball tournament matchup that... More

Things to Keep in the Back of Your Mind…

… while reading the many stories out now, and the many more sure to come, that try to gauge the... More

What an adjective!

If you've been on the internet this afternoon--and not under a rock or something--I'm sure you've by now seen the... More

Fox and the GOP: Who’s Working for Whom?

Via Media Matters, former-Bush-speechwriter-turned-iconoclast-conservative David Frum appeared on ABC’s Nightline last night to discuss the politics of health care. Frum,... More

Calderone: Weigel to Post

Ten days ago, in the course of chiding The Washington Post for being slow to the Tea Party story, I... More

Presidents and Polarization

Our roundup of health care headlines this morning noted that one of the major themes of the coverage has been... More

The End of The Ether

This week C-SPAN launched a full searchable online video library, dating to twenty-three years ago. But let’s go a bit... More

Wise Words

From Jack Shafer: In a perfect world, a publication is edited for readers. In the imperfect world that we inhabit,... 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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