November 6, 2012
"Fox News obsessed with lone Black Panther"


Politico with some Election Day realkeeping. As media reporter Dylan Byers put it: “Ladies & gentlemen, we’re more than a decade into the 21st century and this is the most-watched cable news network.”

Sometimes, Dylan Byers is all right. This is one of those times.

September 6, 2012
Charles P. Pierce writes politics at Esquire.


And if you don’t read him, you should.

There are two things I now know for certain in this world.

Number One: Bill Clinton. At least 300 electoral votes. Against anyone. Tomorrow.

Number Two (and I say this as delicately as I possibly can): I would crawl on my knees naked through four miles of crushed glass just to listen, on a bad radio, to a debate between Bill Clinton and the zombie-eyed granny-starver Paul Ryan.

August 23, 2012
Fox News reporter reveals the name and age of a Seal Team Six sailor who participated in the bin Laden raid, less than a year after penning an article titled "Navy SEALs Want to Protect Their Identity Following UBL Kill."


Shorter Fox News: In order to save operational security, we had to destroy it.

August 1, 2012
There should be a cemetery for reporters who’ve buried the lede.

I’m buying a plot there.

(Source: inothernews)

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July 10, 2012


Amazing, amazing This American Life episode featuring author Edgar Keret, artist Cindy Sherman, the shady journalism outsourcing service Journatic, and a VERY unexpected story about a Filipino mail order bride.

July 3, 2012

My new favorite PR firm.


My new favorite PR firm.

(Source: matthewkeys)

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July 2, 2012

Currently on New York 1


Currently on New York 1

(via goldman)

June 21, 2012
'…political journalists…'


…They are the ones who breathlessly cover campaign tweets in a desperate bid for web traffic, they are the ones who act as glorified opposition researchers, evaluating claims on the basis of whether they’ll be used in an ad, and not whether they’re accurate or truthful. The obsessive focus on trivia, the constant search for gaffes—these are things generated by the political press. If reporters wanted to, they could focus on the actual substance of the campaign—and as many other journalists have shown, there is real substance in this contest.


June 19, 2012
"It’s less of a problem since the financial crisis, but the business media are still too cozy with the powerful on Wall Street to do their jobs correctly. The media still fawned over Wall Street stars such as Jamie Dimon at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.; Eliot Spitzer, former New York governor and attorney general, and Jimmy Cayne of Bear Stearns. Why? They all dished tips or dirt on their rivals. Access journalism still dominates the landscape, and you — the reader — suffer for it."

— David Weidner, MarketWatch. So long, suckers — I’m leaving Wall Street. (via futurejournalismproject)

June 14, 2012
'The underlying problem—and the biggest reason that gaffes are perpetually hyped by the media in the absence of evidence that they matter to voters—is that, despite all the cutbacks in journalism, too many reporters are chasing too few stories at this point in the presidential campaign. The incentives for perverse coverage are especially strong when little other news is being made. Editors should consider alternative approaches. Why not devote more resources to investigations, enterprise stories, and down-ballot races, and reduce the number of reporters covering the minutiae of the presidential campaign? We, the readers, will be just fine without them.' — Columbia Journalism Review

(Source: thesmithian)