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Tampa Bay Times’s convention-eve welcome

The paper’s Sunday piece is strong (cringe-making Florida boosterism aside)

TAMPA — Wince. That was my first reaction as I started to read a Sunday story about the Republican National... More

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Michigan media on Romney’s birth certificate ‘joke’ (UPDATED)

Some news outlets let it slide—unexplained, unchallenged

MICHIGAN — Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan brought the Republican presidential ticket to Commerce, Michigan today in an event billed... More

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A laurel to Jackie Calmes of The New York Times

She begins to X-ray the Romney/Ryan Medicare plan

This week’s laurel goes to Jackie Calmes of The New York Times for reporting the increasing skepticism in health... More

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The word on the street: apprehensive

Listening to voters talk about Medicare in St. Louis

The idea of privatizing Medicare is not winning popularity contests with voters. A Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday found... More

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Backstory: the reporter who interviewed Akin

The Jaco Report reconsiders the moment

As transitions go, it was pretty jagged, a classic of the “moving right along” category. Answering a question about abortion... More

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Medicare and the $716 billion bogeyman

Will a new version of a half-truth work for the GOP?

It’s been hard to escape from Medicare in the 11 days since Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan burst into the news... More

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Last week’s GOP local TV blitz

What did candidates—and viewers—get from it?

VIRGINIA — The word “exclusive” is routinely devalued in broadcast political reporting and last week was no exception. Republicans Mitt... More

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‘That muddy water’ of fairness

With “Line of Attack,” Sun evaluates “legit,” “laughable” campaign claims

NEVADA — I can’t recall who came up with the idea of a digital video recorder that automatically skips past... More

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What makes Mitt tick?

We need more tick-tock from the press pack about why Romney chose Paul Ryan

The faster-than-a-tweet, fleeter-than-a-sound-bite pace of the presidential campaign upends our basic conceptions of time and duration. It is disconcerting to... More

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A laurel to The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta

For calling on reporters to repeat the truth as often as needed, and showing how to do it

This week’s laurel goes to Garance Franke-Ruta of The Atlantic, whose astute web piece “What to Do With Political... More

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Covering Romney in Ohio’s coal country

Visit draws sharp questions from across state line, and solid stories from big-city papers

OHIO — When Mitt Romney’s campaign bus rolled into the tiny Appalachian town of Beallsville in the eastern part of... More

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A super resource on super PACs in Virginia

Early coverage puts VPAP database to good use, but there are opportunities to do more

VIRGINIA — Super PACs have been pouring money into Virginia for months, now, seeking to sway the presidential contest and... More

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Medicare, Paul Ryan, and beyond: a primer

Here’s context to clarify the big entitlements debates

Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee elevates Medicare and Medicaid (along with Social... More

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Don’t just look at the money—follow it!

Can Michigan media tell us why a bailout opponent is collecting big bucks from Wall Street?

MICHIGAN — One of the old standbys of political journalism—“follow the money”—sometimes gives way to something simpler: “look at the... More

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A sharp Herald item on Ryan’s surprising Cuba record

Keyed to local community, paper digs up veep pick’s past opposition to embargo

FLORIDA — Tucked somewhere into the recesses of the hidden place where only those with knowledge of the secret handshake... 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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