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The Etch-a-Sketch Press

How the media constructed another Romney gaffe—and why it is unlikely to matter

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Yesterday, Etch-a-Sketch became the media’s favorite metaphor for Mitt Romney’s ideological flexibility. But the iconic children’s toy... More

Michigan’s Bad Integrity Report Card

A close look at coverage in the “Trust Us State”

MICHIGAN — It looks bleak: Michigan gets an “F” on a “corruption risk report card” released this week by the... More

Inspecting Local TV’s “Public Inspection Files”

CJR explores the filing cabinets in five states

Regular readers may recall that a few months ago, CJR published a pair of columns by Steven Waldman—the lead author... More

Sun’s Damon Discusses How She Got the Goods on NV Lawmakers

Exposé on spending disclosures all started with a source

NEVADA — Some recent stories by, and about, Las Vegas Sun political reporter Anjeanette Damon point out the veracity of... More

Back to School with Santorum

Journalists take a closer look at claims about his Penn State days

PENNSYLVANIA — A radio interview on the eve of Michigan's primary let Sen. Rick Santorum expand on his widely reported... More

Tracking Campaign Cash in Colorado

An interview with Denver Post reporter Karen Crummy

COLORADO — As the campaign finance landscape shifts, and more cash from more sources flows into politics at every level,... More

Southern Polls: Going Beyond Hillbillies

Even pushback against media meme invokes tired stereotypes

NORTH CAROLINA — It’s still early in this election season, but the tired trope of how ignorant folks are down... More

WFTV’s Sensationalism Soils Solid Obama Sit-Down

Orlando reporter suggests recent Afghanistan killings comparable to My Lai

FLORIDA—Orlando WFTV reporter Greg Warmoth found himself standing in front of President Obama just a day after the world found... More

Univision Report Features Bo—And, Oh, Barack, Too

Interview segment embraces White House’s light-touch frame

NEVADA — While President Obama works to win the minds of Hispanic voters in America, his pet pooch, Bo, may... More

Repaving the Trail

Campaign reporting can be terrible. Here’s how to make it better.

In January, I visited New Hampshire and Florida to report on the media coverage of the GOP presidential primaries there.... More

In Ohio, a Spotlight on Super PAC Ads

As a new campaign urges stations to reject misleading ads, how sharp is the conflict between conscience and cash?

OHIO — There was no escaping the blizzard of negative television and radio advertising assaulting the eyes and ears of... More

Context, and Political Theater, in North Carolina

Why the press needs to tell the parts of the story Obama won’t

NORTH CAROLINA — As the results of the Super Tuesday primaries put Republican candidates in the headlines, President Obama is... More

When JFK made Santorum sick

The press was too slow to supply the larger context

It has been more than a week since Rick Santorum went on the Sunday talk circuit and made news by... More

The World’s Dumbest Press Conference

How coverage of Joe Arpaio’s birtherism threatens to make the myth worse

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Last Tuesday, the New America Foundation released a report (PDF) I co-authored with Georgia State's Jason Reifler... More

A Laurel to the Toledo Blade

Paper challenges Romney on his manufacturing message

OHIO — There’s a well-known truism that you can’t have it both ways. But that’s never stopped politicians, especially in... More

The Tea Party is timeless - Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism In American Life reviewed

How misinformation goes viral: a Truthy story - Conservative media’s reaction to an Indiana University project shows how shoddy information can quickly become an online narrative

Do you know Elise Andrew? - The creator of the Facebook page “I fucking love science” is journalism’s first self-made brand

Goodbye and good luck to all of us - Dean Starkman on leaving CJR

When quitting goes viral - Thanks to social media, resignations get a global audience


Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Awareness, #Awareness, and Ray Rice (The Classical)

The coverage of Ray Rice’s punch is not translating into offering information on domestic violence

Bloggingheads

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

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