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Arnaud de Borchgrave Dead at 88


The intrepid foreign correspondent and editor Arnaud de Borchgrave has died, aged 88, of cancer.

Brian Williams and the Pressures of War Correspondents


There’s no excuse for the former NBC anchor’s lies. But there are reasons.

Jeb Bush Was a Naughty Boy

Jeb Bush

So what?

Next Charlie Hebdo Cover Has Muhammad Saying ‘Je suis Charlie’


Their editor and nine colleagues dead, their offices destroyed, the newspaper is not missing a beat.

2014’s Fickle News Cycle

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The news cycle in 2014 seemed to be dominated by a series of real and phony “crises” that grabbed our attention for short periods of time.

Justice Department Won’t Force One Reporter To Testify, Faces A Choice On Another


The Justice Department won’t force James Risen to testify in a legal investigation, but faces a new choice in a different case.

Rolling Stone Walks Back Key Allegations Of Campus Rape Expose

Rolling Stone Rape UVa Headline

An utter journalistic failure from Rolling Stone.

Charts Are Persuasive!


Justin Wolfers of The New York Times’ Upshot blog passing along a study that demonstrates just how persuasive presenting information in a visual format can be: [T]wo Cornell researchers, Brian Wansinkand Aner Tal, ran a small online survey to assess whether alternative descriptions of the same information were more persuasive. Each respondent read the following description of […]

Say, Whatever Happened To The Ebola Crisis?

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

Much like the disease itself, Ebola panic seems to have disappeared as the midterm elections become ever more distant in the rear view mirror.

Americans Astoundingly Ignorant


Americans have wildly distorted understandings of the society around them.

More Adventures With Cable News Chyrons

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CNN made an unfortunate error while reporting on the ongoing controversy regarding a former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden: CNN earned widespread mockery Friday night when it apparently ran a headline referring to a Navy SEAL killing “Obama” instead of “Osama.” “SEAL WHO CLAIMS HE KILLED […]

‘Car Talk’ Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies at 77


Tom Magliozzi, long-time co-host of NPR’s “Car Talk,” has died aged 77. ABC (“NPR ‘Car Talk’ Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies at 77“): Tom Magliozzi, the co-host of “Car Talk” on National Public Radio, died today of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, NPR has reported. He was 77. The popular radio personality, with his signature Massachusetts accent, […]

Legendary Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee Dies At 93

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The passing of a true legend in American journalism.

Sinking MSNBC to Shuffle Lineup Yet Again


MSNBC’s attempt to be the liberal Fox News isn’t working.

NBC Courted Jon Stewart For Meet The Press

Jon Stewart

A desperation move by NBC News?

New York Times Cutting Staff Again


The nation’s newspaper of record is slashing its reporting team.

Wikipedia Wants to Eliminate The Federalist! Oh, noes!


When I saw the entry at memeorandum proclaiming that “Wikipedia Is Now Trying To Eliminate The Federalist’s Online Entry,” I was flummoxed.

ESPN Was Right to Suspend Bill Simmons for Calling Roger Goodell a Liar


The Worldwide Leader has a conflict of interest. But it handled it correctly in this case.

Fixing Comments Sections with Financial Incentives


Jess Zimmerman offers “An ingenious way to save the comments section,” if she does say so herself.

‘Daily Show’ Ambushes Redskins Fans in Unfair Segment


These segments are usually unfair; they outdid themselves this time.

The TMZification of Sports


Today’s sports media more closely resemble Court TV and TMZ than the SportsCenter of yore.

The Commandant Didn’t Say What Everyone Says He Said

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, addresses a crowd of U.S. Marines and Sailors at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan Dec. 23. Amos expressed his admiration to the service members for their accomplishments and dedication to supporting the ongoing counterisurgency mission, especially while deployed during the holiday season.

My latest for War on the Rocks: “Don’t Believe Everything You Read in the Papers.”

Russians Are Getting A Very Different Version Of The Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Story

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If you live in Russia, you’re getting a different version of the story of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Paying Attention To Politics? You’re Probably Really Stressed Out

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In a new survey, Americans cite politics and the news as the biggest sources of stress in their lives.

Jose Antonio Vargas Is A Symbol For Immigration Reform, Not A Candidate For Deportation

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Attends Panel Discussion For "Documented"

Jose Antonio Vargas was brought to the U.S. at the age of 12 and never left. Now, some are suggesting he should be deported as soon as possible.

SOCOM Chief’s Rise Not Swift At All


And odd report from Washington Post and Stars and Stripes.

Sarajevo, The Media, And ‘Breaking News’ Coverage, 100 Years Later

New York Times 29 June 1914

The news media of 1914 didn’t see World War One coming, but it’s not clear that we’re any better.

Guardians Of “Traditional” Media Once Again Bar SCOTUSBlog From Getting Press Credentials


A committee of journalists who work in the “traditional” media has once again denied press credentials to SCOTUSBlog.

Egypt Sentences Three Journalists To Prison


In yet another sign of just what the future of Egypt is likely to look like, three al-Jazeera journalists have been sentenced to prison for allegedly collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood: CAIRO — A judge on Monday convicted three journalists of conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to broadcast false reports of civil strife in Egypt. […]

New York City To Settle Wrongful Conviction Case For $40 Million

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Justice delayed, but justice nonetheless.

Amazon’s next step towards total retail (and search) domination


Some thoughts on Amazon’s new smartphone: Fire

Former CNN Reporter to Become Queen of Spain


Seeing the tweet “Former CNN reporter to become Queen of Spain” from CNN, I was intrigued. Naturally, I wondered which CNN reporter. It turns out that Letizia, Princess of Asturias, who becomes queen tomorrow, is the former Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano. Never heard of her? Me either. She didn’t actually report for CNN proper but rather something […]

Where’s The Outrage Over The Outrage?


When everything’s an outrage, is anything outrageous?

Supreme Court Passes On Appeal From Journalist Threatened With Contempt Citation


The Supreme Court rejected another opportunity to clarify Federal Law on testimonial immunity for journalists.

Good News For Supporters Of Journalist Shield Laws


Two news items yesterday advanced in some small measure the protection of journalists from having to reveal sources under Court Order.

Who Cares Who Edits The New York Times?

New York Times building

The editors of our great newspapers are interchangeable.

Associated Press Wants Reporters To Keep It Short


The Associated Press doesn’t want its reporters to get too wordy.

Now That’s What I Call Television


A recent Jordanian news broadcast got a little out of hand: A debate on media freedom in Syria between two journalists on a Jordanian television network grew heated Wednesday, developing into a set-wrecking tug-of-war. The fight erupted on the “Bayn Etijihayn” (Between Two Ways) show between Shaer Al-Johari, head of the Electronic Media Association in […]

More Bad News For Print Media


The news gets worse.

CNN Poll: Do You Think Malaysian Air 370 Was Abducted By Aliens?


Just in case you thought CNN had given up on its obsessive coverage of missing Malyasian Air Flight 370, take a look at a question they actually included in a poll: After two months of breathless speculation on the whereabouts of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, CNN offered some polling data that might show just how much its […]

Two Weeks Later, 234 Nigerian Schoolgirls Are Still Missing. Where Is The American Media?


A prime example of the failure of the “infotainment” industry that American news media has turned into.

Most Expensive States Meet Most Stupid Infographic


Market Watch presents this infographic of “the most and least expensive states to live in the U.S.

Even With Paywalls, Newspapers Are Still Bleeding Cash


Adding paywalls isn’t stopping the decline of the newspaper industry.

SCOTUSBlog Losing Press Access To The Supreme Court

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If a decision by the Senate Press Gallery stands, SCOTUSBlog’s ability to cover the Supreme Court will be significantly restricted.

Edward Snowden Leaks Earn Pulitzer Prize For Washington Post, Guardian


Thanks to Edward Snowden, the Washington Post and the Guardian are Pulitzer Prize winners.

Who is Going to Break it to the Cable News Folks?


Via the BBC:  Missing plane MH370: Malaysia mystery ‘may not be solved’

For Want of a Comma


Yet another incentive to get a STEM degree: via Jonathan Eyal

You Probably Aren’t Going To Read Anything Beyond This Headline


Politics, media, and the attention span of the average American haven’t really changed as much as we think.

Media Coverage Of Missing Jet Turns Supernatural


I haven’t posted anything about the now nearly ten day old story of the missing Malaysian Airlines 777 mostly because it didn’t appear to me that there was any news to report. For more than a week now, we’ve been dealing with rumor, conjecture, and misinformation all being reported as news while cable news channel […]

Canadian Regulators: Canadian Porn Isn’t Canadian Enough


The agency that appears to be Canada’s equivalent to the Federal Communications Commission is apparently concerned that Canadian erotica channels are not broadcasting enough Canadian porn: For failing to broadcast sufficient levels of Canadian-made pornography — and failing to close-caption said pornography properly — a trio of Toronto-based erotica channels has earned a reprimand from […]

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