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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

Supreme Court Building

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 […]

Russia Today Anchor Quits On Air Over Ukraine Coverage


An anchor for the American version of the Kremlin-backed network Russia Today, or RT as it is apparently now called, quit her job on the air yesterday over the network’s coverage of Russia’s actions in Ukraine: American journalist Liz Wahl just made Vladimir Putin’s enemies list. Wahl, an American anchor for RT-America, a cable news […]

Garrick Utley Dead at 74


Veteran newsman Garrick Utley has died from prostate cancer at the age of 74.

Why Do American Politicians Wrap Themselves in ‘House of Cards’?


Peggy Noonan asks an interesting question.

Who’s Writing Copy For Local News Broadcasts?


Conan O’Brien noticed something really odd about a whole bunch of local news broadcasts who all seemed to do the same report about Valentine’s Day online: The only logical explanation I can come up with is that there’s someone writing the same copy for all these stations. Possibly because they’re all owned by the same […]

Foreign Journalists Harassing Russian Gays More Than Putin?


Some perspective from Sochi.

Jeff Bezos Making His Mark At The Washington Post

Jeff Bezos Washington Post

It’s been several months now since the surprising sale of The Washington Post to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and it appears that we’re just now beginning to see the impact that his ownership will have on the paper: The Washington Post has significantly increased its budget and plans to make dozens of newsroom hires under its […]

Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias to Launch New Venture Doing News That Isn’t New


Ezra Klein has put out a teaser of the project that he left WaPo to pursue.

Quick Thoughts on D’Souza


I do not pretend to know if Dinesh D’Souza is guilty of the crime for which he has been indicted, although I will confess that the nature of the case makes it seem more likely that he is than that he isn’t (I am not sure how the alleged activity could have been a mistake, […]

Dinesh D’Souza Indicted for Campaign Finance Fraud


Dinesh D’Souza has been indicted by a federal grand jury for being incredibly stupid.

Volokh Takes The Boeing


On the day that news broke that Ezra Klein and Wonkblog are leaving the Washington Post, the Volokh Conspiracy made its debut there.

Ezra Klein Going Solo


Wonkblog’s founder is leaving the Washington Post to start a new media outlet of his own.

Limbaugh’s Methodology


Conor Friedersdorf has a piece up at the Atlantic that has some substantial excerpts from a recent edition of Rush Limbaugh’s radio program, wherein we are given an explanation of How Rush Limbaugh Decides What Is True. Specifically, Limbaugh compares his defense of Clarence Thomas with his lukewarm approach to Chris Christie.  Rather than recapitulating […]

The Coverage of “Bridgegate”

Christie GWB

Let’s think about how the media operates.

Your Low Class Cable News Moment Of The Day, MSNBC Edition


I’m not usually a person to go for the latest cable news outrage, but something currently making its way around the blogosphere strikes me as having gone way, way over the top: A Romney family photo featuring Mitt Romney and his grandson Kieran Romney that flew under the radar of most media outlets made a “photos […]

Other Examples of Utterances Leading to Firings


More to add to my list from yesterday: Via NPR:  NPR Ends Williams’ Contract After Muslim Remarks Via CNN:  Comedian Gilbert Gottfried fired as voice of Aflac duck And, of course, the most recent example via OTB:  What Happens Online Doesn’t Just Stay Online, Justine Sacco Edition To expand a point I made yesterday:  there […]

People in the Media Sometimes get Suspended/Fired for Things they Say and Do


Just off the top of my head: Via Bongo News:  “Politically Incorrect” Host is Fired for Being Politically Incorrect Via ESPN:  Limbaugh resigns from NFL show Via CBS News:  CBS Fires Don Imus Over Racial Slur. Via an LAT blog: CBS suspends ‘Two and a Half Men’ production after Charlie Sheen comments Via HuffPo/The AP:  […]

Duck Dynasty, “Free Speech,” And The Culture Of Perpetual Outrage

Duck Dynasty

“Reality” TV star says something dumb about gay people, gets suspended, usual pointless outrage ensues.

No Previously Published Works Will Enter Into US Public Domain Between Now and 2019


No previously published works have entered the US Public Domain since 1978. And none are scheduled to enter until 1923. So what are we missing?

Pope Francis Named Time’s Person Of The Year, Edward Snowden Second

Pope Francis Person of The Year

Not surprisingly, Time’s editors chose Pope Francis as Person Of The Year. However, Edward Snowden arguably would have been the better choice.

Palin Returning To Reality Television


Like the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano, the former Governor of Alaska returns to her natural habitat: Sarah Palin is making a reality TV comeback in 2014 with a show focused on the outdoors. The former Republican vice presidential nominee will host “Amazing America with Sarah Palin” on The Sportsman Channel starting in April […]

Obama’s America Iron Bowl Cartoon Controversy


Irony is officially dead.

Bashir-Palin vs. Limbaugh-Fluke


Marin Bashir’s ugly comments about Sarah Palin are being compared to Rush Limbaugh’s ugly comments about Sandra Fluke.

Newsweek Returning To Print


Just over a year after going all-digital and publishing its last print edition at the end of 2012, Newsweek is, for some reason, returning to the print world: Newsweek, the struggling weekly magazine that ceased print publication last year, plans to turn the presses back on. The magazine expects to begin a 64-page weekly edition […]

Report: Julian Assange Will Not Be Prosecuted In Connection With Manning Case

Julian Assange

The Justice Department is reportedly not planning to prosecute Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in connection with the Bradley Manning case.

Wolf Blitzer’s Awkward Segue


Wolf Blitzer’s seque into Saturday night’s airing of a CNN Special on the Kennedy assassination caught a few people by surprise: Coming out of a breaking news segment detailing Secretary of State John Kerry’s Iran deal announcement late Saturday evening, CNN anchorWolf Blitzer threw to the network’s special documentary about the assassination of John F Kennedy. He just […]

Bob Woodward: Edward Snowden Should Have Come To Me


Bob Woodward is apparently upset not that Edward Snowden took NSA secrets to a reporter, but that he took them to a reporter other than him: Famed journalist Bob Woodward lamented this week that he didn’t land the scoop on top secret surveillance programs from Edward Snowden. An associate editor at the Washington Post, Woodward said […]

Justice Department and Prosecution of Glenn Greenwald


Does the Attorney General really think advocacy is a crime?

After 150 Years, Pennsylvania Newspaper Retracts Editorial Panning Gettysburg Address

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With the 150th Anniversary of one of the most famous speeches in American history just days away, a Pennsylvania newspaper has reconsidered its initial reaction to the President’s words that day: (CNN) – In what might be one of the oldest corrections in the history of journalism, the editorial board of a Pennsylvania newspaper has retracted […]

Cohen Steps in it


WaPo columnist Richard Cohen earlier this week: Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when […]

60 Minutes Retracts, Apologizes For, Erroneous Benghazi Report

60 Minutes Benghazi

A story that has turned into a partisan kickball and some bad journalism have resulted in a celebrated news program getting considerable egg on its face.

SCOTUSBlog Wants SCOTUS Press Pass

Supreme Court Building

The blog that has become, beyond question, the best source for news and analysis regarding the Supreme Court thinks its time they had an official Supreme Court Press Pass of their own: One of the most influential news outlets covering the Supreme Court sets up shop on big decision days not in the pressroom with […]

Rand Paul Moves to Breitbart.com


So reports New York magazine: Just a day after the Washington Times dropped Sen. Rand Paul as a columnist after it emerged that he’d plagiarized parts of at least one his weekly installments, Breitbart.com announcedPaul’s column would be moving there. In terms of using the column as a means of reaching the GOP base, I […]

No, America’s Generals Aren’t Planning a Coup


A bizarre hit piece in National Journal gives the false impression that our military leaders are considering removing the president.

AP Fires Reporters Who Falsely Reported McAuliffe Lied to Feds


Two veteran reporters, including the dean of the Virginia press corps, have been fired by the AP after falsely reporting that Terry McAuliffe lied to federal authorities.

Fun With Chyrons: CNN Editition


Someone at CNN needs a geography lesson: H/T: Stephen Green

George Will Headed to Fox News


Via the Daily Caller:  Fox News hires George Will.

Newsweek’s Golden Age


Eleanor Clift reflects on her “final issue after 50 years at Newsweek.”

Open Thread: Why Do You Respond to Trolls?


James’ post about tweets exchanged between Allen Brauer, former communications chairman of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County, and Amanda Carpenter, Ted Cruz’ speechwriter, has generated a lot of reader discussion. Part of James’ argument is that Brauer’s actions can be seen as part of a larger pattern of treating one’s political opponents as enemies […]

The Daily Show On CNN’s “Wrongnado”


Last night The Daily Show did an excellent take down of CNN’s absurd coverage of the Washington Navy Yard shooting throughout the day on Monday: The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook

Proposed Media Shield Law Leads To Debate Over Who Is A “Journalist”


Who should qualify as a “journalist” for purposes of a “Shield Law?”

David Frost Dead at 74


The pioneering journalist David Frost has died, aged 74 years.

Stay Classy NY Daily News!


And now for a little, well needed, levity. On Monday, while guest hosting a Tri-State area Sports-Talk radio show, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called New York Daily News Jet’s beat writer Manish Mehta an “idiot” and a bunch of other names over Mehta’s coverage of a Jet’s press conference. Yesterday, the Daily News swung […]

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