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Ironic Hed of the Day

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Historical Precedents for Criticism of the Court

Adam Liptak does great work covering the Supreme Court for The New York Times, and his piece today about Barack... More

“We Have the Right Heart. I’d Go Down with You If I Could Brother.”

Support for James O'Keefe, via his Facebook wall: [h/t Dave Weigel] More

Magical! Revolutionary! Transcendent! Resplendent!

This is the actual description of Apple's iPad, copied verbatim from the actual iPad landing page of the actual Apple... More

“It’s so much more intimate than a laptop, and it’s so much more capable than a smartphone.”

Here it is, folks: The Future. Sleek and slick and thus far unicorn/leprechaun/fairydust-free. And they shall call its name...the iPad.... More

Frum: Send O’Keefe to J-School

My roundup of right-wing reaction to the arrest of James O'Keefe and three others missed this from David Frum, bolstering... More

Politics Ain’t Beanbag. But Maybe it’s a Lawn Party?

The New York Times is a great newspaper, and just three weeks ago I was defending its prerogative to maintain... More

All They Had to Do Was Ask

Eric Schmitt’s front-page story in today’s New York Times—a report on the details of cables sent in November in which... More

Maybe We Should Call it the Loch Ness Tablet?

I know that rolling your eyes at all the hype around Apple’s latest hotly anticipated device has now become nearly... More

“The bittersweet chocolate and cab was a match made in heaven.”

Behold, the unholy union of Fawning Political Profile and Fawning Restaurant Review that is Politico Click's dinner with (Napa) California... More

Is the Press an Obstacle to Getting Things Done?

Yes, says the poli-sci blogger Jon Bernstein. In the course of responding to a series of posts by Ezra Klein,... More

Survey: Majority of Journalists Now Depend on Social Media for Story Research

An overwhelming majority of reporters and editors now depend on social media for their story research, a new survey of... More

‘I Got a Barbie in the Foreground’

The first episode of the fifth season of The Wire, David Simon’s exploration of America’s failing urban institutions, introduces viewers... More

BREAKING: President HopeNChange Reads Stuff

A lot--and very, very little--may be said about the lengthy examination of Barack Obama's media influences in today's Washington Post.... More

Post Weighs in with Massachusetts Poll

In the course of arguing that the press shouldn’t be hasty to take messages from Tuesday’s special election in Massachusetts,... 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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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