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Does journalistic ‘balance’ hurt America?

What if Washington’s dysfunction was mostly one party’s fault: A Q&A with Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute,... More

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Big ad spending, little press scrutiny

NC journalists need to stay on the story of the political ad spending spree

NORTH CAROLINA — It’s hotter than usual in North Carolina this summer. And much of the heat is coming from... More

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Laurels to the Las Vegas Sun and News & Record

For a strong ad factcheck, and for grappling with campaigns’ message control

Jay Jones has already heaped praise this week upon the Las Vegas Sun’s Anjeanette Damon, but we’ll go ahead... More

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In VA, allegations of racism ignite a controversy

After national conservative media seize on a state senator’s words, local reporters pick up the story

VIRGINIA — The butterfly effect has been in effect here this week, as a Democratic state senator’s comments about racism... More

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What to remember about the ‘war over women’

Press is right to focus on the contest, but polls showing major shift deserve a closer look

OHIO — Both presidential campaigns this week made one thing clear—they’re intent on wooing this state’s women voters. First Lady... More

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Medicare and misinformation

Is my premium rising? A beat memo for reporters

Two weeks ago a Midwest businessman sent an email to a long list of his senior friends warning that their... More

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The press botches the tax debate—again

Narratives and ignorance trump accuracy in descriptions of Democratic proposal

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Yesterday, the Senate held symbolic votes on a pair of high-profile tax bills with important implications for... More

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With a series of strong stories, Sun’s Damon shines

Articles ID big-money groups, track transparency battles, and call out a “laughable” ad

NEVADA — One need only look at the last week’s worth of work by Las Vegas Sun reporter Anjeanette Damon... More

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False balance and the Medicare scare

Who’s been telling the truth in Florida?

Last Thursday the president made a campaign stop in Florida, and—surprise, surprise—he talked about Medicare. Or at least he talked... More

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Follow-the-money stories Colorado reporters should do

Some suggestions for what to look at now and where to look

COLORADO — Back-to-back disasters—massive wildfires, followed by Friday morning’s horrific movie-theater massacre outside of Denver—have rocked newsrooms here, including that... More

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On Florida’s ‘anything but monolithic’ Hispanic voters

Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Times raise the reporting bar

FLORIDA — One of the most wearisome elements of media coverage of the 2012 election campaign is the often trite... More

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How undisclosed money works its way in

OpenSecrets, Morning Call report on “financial gymnastics” in PA Senate primary

PENNSYLVANIA — The US Senate primary here may be over, but the work of understanding how the contest was played—and... More

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The real question about Romney’s Bain career

How, exactly, did his business career prepare the candidate to be president?

The debate over Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital has been a series of cul-de-sacs and rabbit-holes. When the Republican... More

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The Globe advances the Romney/Bain story

Meanwhile, MoJo digs into Romney’s investments in offshoring

This post has been updated (see bottom of second page). In the great politico-media debate over Mitt Romney, Bain Capital,... More

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How to handle oppo research?

It’s simple: If your scoop got a helpful boost from a campaign, let readers know

For the political cognoscenti, the dominant story line in July has been the Barack Obama campaign’s mastery of the subterranean... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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