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Fact-Checking…SNL

It wouldn't be Monday if the morning shows weren't abuzz with whatever political satire was produced on Saturday Night Live... More

While the Tube Star Gently Weeps

Glenn Beck is known for many things, but the media star's most iconic characteristic is probably the melodramatic weeping he... More

Measuring the Effect of Obama’s Health Care Speech

At his blog, Brendan Nyhan takes a look at whether Obama’s big health care speech of a month ago shifted... More

Reporter at Sea-Sick

File this under newspaper promotional contests that make us feel sick to our stomach. USA Today is teaming up with... More

Grantham Prize Seminar To Honor Air Pollution Series

Anybody in or around Washington, D.C. on Monday should check out the fourth annual Grantham Prize Seminar on the State... More

“Chicago Is Out? Chicago Is Out?”

Yowza. Watch as CNN's Tony Harris, Dispassionate Information Purveyor, gets the news that Chicago has not only not won the... More

Headline of the Day

Without further comment: "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Yo-Yo Ma" More

WaPo to Partner with Bloomberg for Global News Service

Hot on the heels of news that CBS News and GlobalPost will be pairing up to cover the world beyond... More

“I wouldn’t have known right away that it was your fifth drink…”

So said Slate editor Jacob Weisberg upon encountering a several sheets-to-the-wind DoubleX staff in the midst of their experiment to... More

‘Regional Experts’ Not Just Missing from Media

Elsewhere on the CJR site today, Michael Massing concludes his take-down of the latest Iran-related coverage with a call for... More

A win against Cheney secrecy

Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington has notched another win in its battle to preserve and expand the reach... More

Obama Administration Opposing Shield Law

Disappointing news today from the New York Times’s Charlie Savage: The Obama administration has told lawmakers that it opposes legislation... More

India and Pakistan, Best of Buddies

The New York Times’s long, deeply-reported front-page story on the continuing strength of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan-based militant group responsible for... More

David Brooks’s Afghanistan Straw Man

In a Campaign Desk piece today, I talk about the reflexive hawkishness of various big-deal think tanks and op-ed columnists... More

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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