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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

FOIA Hearing Underway

Senator Patrick Leahy has just kicked off a hearing on the status of the Freedom of Information Act, which is... More

Classification policy draft leaked

Secrecy watcher Steven Aftergood has obtained a draft version of the Obama administration’s new executive order tinkering with the nation’s... More

One Possible Contestant for the Post

There’s a lot to say about the Washington Post’s just announced contest, “America’s Next Great Pundit.” The set-up is pretty... More

“Get off Their Asses and Get Back to Talking to Real People”

Over at The Huffington Post, Jason Linkins turns in a fantastic Q&A with Dale Maharidge, the Pulitzer-winning journalist, author, and... More

Talese: “The Magazine Piece Is Not a Work of Art Anymore”

Leave it to Gay Talese to find a new angle on an old story. In a video for the Big... More

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant.”

I’m sorry I missed this the first time around, but Chris Cato, a reporter for Channel 7, a CBS affiliate... More

“So, Keep Your Guns, and Buy More Guns…”

Think Progress's Lee Fang offers a disturbing cautionary tale: a distillation of the frayed edges of the ridiculous rhetoric that... 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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