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Note To Self: Palin and the Handy Memo

In the days since Gawker caught Sarah Palin with crib notes scribbled on her palm during her weekend speech at... More

Flip Through The Years, with Palin and Fey

The Magazine Publishers of America and the American Society of Magazine Editors have jointly produced a neat little video that... More

“John Murtha Dead”: ‘Funny’? ‘Typical’? ‘Finally’?

Sometimes, the systems news organizations have put in place to make news more social--admirable as those systems generally are in... More

Isis, Oh, Isis

Earlier this week, Max Blumenthal, a journalist who has written for The Nation and other outlets, wrote a piece for... More

Working at Home in Pajamas Sounds A Lot Like Being Laid Off

After reporting on the phenomenon of start-ups as virtual workplaces, telecommuting, the rise of the four-day work-week and other cost... More

Ironic Hed of the Day

From The New York Times, without further comment: More

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

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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