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As Santorum Moves On, So Does the Coverage

Some quick, quality analysis in Pennsylvania mixes with lack of links, context

This post has been updated. See note at bottom PENNSYLVANIA — When Tuesday broke, it looked like Rick Santorum's Easter... More

The Heartbeat-Away Derby is Under Way

Treating the veepstakes like another political horse race produces lame conclusions

Now that Mitt Romney is the de facto Republican nominee, the political press corps can indulge in a compulsion as... More

Where to Turn When Tackling Money-in-Politics Stories

A wealth of watchdog sites make campaign-finance data accessible, easy to work with

COLORADO—Edwin Bender knows the value of a good follow-the-money story. Bender is the executive director of the National Institute on... More

Narrowcasting the 2012 Election

Why media polls that slice and dice the electorate could miss the big picture

NEW HAMPSHIRE — With Mitt Romney’s hold on the GOP nomination becoming too obvious to deny, horse race enthusiasts in... More

Filling the Gaps in the Tar Heel State

Nonprofit news sites offer alternative views, more depth to North Carolina’s residents

NORTH CAROLINA — In August 2010, Sarah Ovaska took a big chance. Ovaska, a city hall reporter at The News... More

Detroit News Offers Smart Take on Family Planning Feud

But reporters should have talked to, not just about, women

MICHIGAN—The latest USA Today/Gallup poll of presidential swing states, released over the weekend, shows President Obama with his first lead... More

Who Got The Fox News Vote?

In hours of pre-primary coverage, Rick Santorum was hard to find

Judging from the lopsided tenor of most of the coverage during the broadcast day on Fox News on the Monday... More

Pittsburgh-Area Reporters Tested in Ad War

Incumbent clash requires more outlets to move beyond he-said, she-said to what isn’t said

PENNSYLVANIA—The battle of big dogs scrapping for presidential votes ahead of the April 24 primary is drawing much of the... More

Does Fact-Checking Work? False Statements are Wrong Metric

By naming and shaming worst offenders, reporters can make a difference

Politics today seemingly has more fact-checking than ever before. As a result, reporters are asking a new question: Does fact-checking... More

The Plain Dealer on a Potential Senator’s ‘Estrangement’ from Truth

Mandel says he won’t be swayed by fact-checks; reporter promises to stay ‘vigilant’

OHIO — When a candidate for office declares his intention to repeat falsehoods, what’s a reporter to do? That’s the... More

A Strong Veepstakes Story from the Tampa Bay Times

Focus on Rubio’s deeds—not words—brings new insights

FLORIDA — Whenever Sean Hannity interviews Marco Rubio, he gushes like 12-year old smitten with the girl next-door. Hannity’s beating... More

Why is the Press So Ready to Count Santorum Out?

Voters think their primary choices still matter

The front-page story in the March 18th New York Times seemed a case of political life imitating art. A revival... More

Little Context for Obama Energy Speech in Ohio

Local reports present a war of words without much fact checking

Unchecked accusations about gas prices and oil production defined local coverage of President Barack Obama’s speech at Ohio State University... More

News Organizations That Lobby Against Their Own Reporters’ Interests

Media companies are fighting political transparency while their reporters demand it

The battle playing out over a new government transparency proposal has taken a turn that should concern journalists. Many of... More

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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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