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The Kicker

Beltway™ — Eat Fresh!

Earlier today, a gaggle of journos engaged in something that's become a right of passage for Fourth Estaters of the... More

Jon Stewart + Glenn Beck = Comedic Joy

In which Jon Stewart takes on Glenn Beck: The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cThe 11/3... More

The State of Democratic Discourse, Part 952

In response to a Kicker post I wrote yesterday evening—which warned against making assumptions about the as-yet-unknown motivations of the... More

Nidal Malik Hasan

What’s in a name? Very, very little—particularly when it comes to divining the motivations of the perpetrator of a violent... More

Reservations about Resveratrol

There is in the science press a kind of gene-of-the-month club for disease cures in which scientists discover that promoting... More

Philadelphia Will Do

As insignificant magazine charticles go, New York magazine’s Approval Matrix is fine by me. Each week the editors cobble together... More

The Election’s Meaning Has Never Been Clearer

Today’s New York Times: “Democrats to Use Election to Push Agenda in Congress” Today’s Politico: “Election result: Red-state Dems worried,... More

TPM Launches “NewsStream”

More from the 'The River of News Is Upon Us' department: Talking Points Memo has rolled out "TPM NewsStream," an... More

Schmidt on Hyperpersonalization, Google’s Responsibility to the News Industry, Bloggers’ Moms

Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave a press conference in Cambridge, MA yesterday, and Nieman Lab's Zach Seward was on-hand to... More

McSweeney’s Newspaper Issue: 380 Pages of Postmodern Pizazz

Behold, the San Francisco Panorama--aka McSweeney's issue #33, aka the eleven-year-old literary magazine's packaging of its content as a Bay... More

The Awl Has ‘Special Correspondent for Slate’s Counterintuitiveness’

His name is Cord Jefferson. His column is called, wittily, "et alS." None of that is a joke. More

“The Answer Will Be a Social One, Worked out Tacitly over Time”

One of the luxuries of the Web is seeing an idea you've written about emended and expanded by another writer.... More

Waiting on the Shield Law

The Society of Professional Journalists has just put out a press release announcing their backing (with some reservations) of the... More

When Newsweek Met Oil Lobby

Talking Points Memo rakes the media's muck yet again. This time, Marshall's marshals over at TPMuckraker investigate an "Executive Forum,"... More

“The Citizen News Network, the Postmodern Panopticon…”

Colby Cosh, the Menckenesque commentator, blogger, and columnist for Canada's National Post, has a nice--and Meckenesque--piece on the subject of... 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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