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The Kicker

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

Poll Lancing

So you may have heard, today, about the existence of troubling poll previously making its way around Facebook--one that asked,... More

Green Rankings a Means, Not an End For Journalists

Are you invested in a dirty company? If you work for the state of New York and plan to draw... More

Berlusconi and Press Freedom, Petition Edition

La Repubblica, Italy's second-largest newspaper, was sued for defamation earlier this summer by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for repeatedly... More

CBS goes GlobalPost-al

GlobalPost and CBS plan to make beautiful news together, according to this story by David Carr in today's New York... More

On the NYT’s opinion media monitor

As noted by Michael Calderone and others, NYT ombudsman Clark Hoyt reported in his Sunday column that, in the wake... More

Gang Land Entrepreneur

In a feature story in yesterday's Washington Post, Jerry Capeci's subscription-only "Gang Land" Web site is held up as a... More

Two-Ply Puns

See if you can find the many puns embedded in the following Washington Post headline, on environmentalists' challenge to toilet... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

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


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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