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No, Americans Should Not Feel Guilty For Showing Solidarity With France

Eiffel Tower French Tricolor

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, some people have argued that American solidarity with France, in contrast to seeming disregard for tragedy elsewhere, is something we should feel bad about. That argument is ridiculous.

Jon Stewart Signs New Deal With HBO


Mere months after leaving The Daily Show, Jon Stewart signed a deal that will have in back in television at least in a limited capacity: Three months after retiring as host of “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart has signed a production deal with the premium cable channel HBO, the channel announced on Tuesday. As part of the […]

ESPN Shutters Grantland, Continuing Recent Trend


To the surprise of few, Bill Simmons’ site didn’t long survive his departure.

Hillary ‘SNL’ Appearance May Trigger ‘Equal Time’ Law


An FCC rule from a bygone era may get Bernie Sanders and company some time on NBC.

WaPo Fact Checker Gets Three Pinocchios


A bizarre hatchet job on Carly Fiorina’s autobiography.

Of Course the Pope is Political

President Barack Obama bids farewell to Pope Francis following a private audience at the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

When did “politics” become a dirty word?

The Daily News Crosses The Line From Journalism To Murder Porn


A front page cover on yesterday’s murders in Virginia crosses the line from reporting to exploitation.

Reporter And Cameraman Shot To Death Live On The Air In Virginia

Roanoke Shooting

A reporter and cameraman for a local television station were killed, and a third person wounded, live on the air this morning.

Should Political Debates Be on Pay TV?

2nd televised debate between Richard M. Nixon & John F. Kennedy (L)  (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Susan Crawford claims that “Cable-Only Presidential Debates are the New Poll Tax.”

Sesame Street Moves To HBO

Sesame Street

So does this mean Big Bird will show up on Game Of Thrones?

Ted Cruz with a Gun to His Head


So, this picture is going around: And this one: In both, Ted Cruz is giving a speech about gun rights in front of an illustration of a gun. Naturally, outrage is ensuing. POLITICO (“AP photo shows a gun pointed at Ted Cruz’s head“): In an Associated Press image that drew comment and criticism on Twitter […]

Brian Williams Will Stay At NBC, But Won’t Anchor Nightly News


Brian Williams will apparently stay at NBC News notwithstanding last year’s scandal, but he won’t be anchoring the network’s marquee newscast.

Vincent Musetto, New York Post Editor Who Wrote The Greatest Headline Ever, Dies At 74

Headless Body In Topless Bar

Vincent Musetto, a New York Post editor who is likely to go down in history thanks to one headline in 1983, has passed away at the age of 74: Vincent Musetto, a retired editor at The New York Post who wrote the most anatomically evocative headline in the history of American journalism — HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS […]

Showtime Becomes Latest Content Provider To Offer A Streaming Service


It’s getting easier and easier to cut the cord.

Americans Spend More Than Eight Hours A Day Consuming Media


Americans spend a lot of time consuming media: On average, people spend more than 490 minutes of their day with some sort of media, according to a new report by ZenithOptimedia. Television remains dominant, accounting for three hours of daily consumption—an hour more than the internet, in second place. (The report measures media consumed in its […]

Fixing the Firewalled News Problem


There’s a better way to finance news than hiding it behind paywalls.

George Stephanopoulos And A Question Of Journalistic Ethics

ABC's "Good Morning America" - 2015

George Stephanopoulos’ s ties to the Clinton’s have always raised questions about his objectivity. Now, there’s further reason to doubt that he can play fair when the Clinton’s are part of the story he’s covering.

University Of Virginia Dean Files Defamation Suit Against Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone Rape UVa Headline

The first of what is likely to be many defamation suits related to Rolling Stone’s discredited campus rape story has been filed.

Bruce Jenner and Dog The Bounty Hunter Come Out


Bruce Jenner has come out to Diane Sawyer admitting what most had already suspected: that he’s Republican and a Christian. Meanwhile, Dog the Bounty Hunter has endorsed Hillary Clinton for the presidency. The collective minds at the Daily Caller and Fox News are officially blown.

Politinerds: Andrew Malcom Returns


This past week’s episode of Politinerds featured our first return guest, Andrew Malcom, currently writing at Investors Business Daily and previously at The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and several other publications over the years. We last had Andrew on nearly two months ago, and even an extended show didn’t give us enough […]

No, the Army Isn’t Refusing to Treat Combat Wounds as Combat Wounds


Fox News’ Catherine Herridge is creating a scandal where none exists.

Rolling Stone, Campus Rape, And A Collapse Of Journalistic Ethics


A review of Rolling Stone’s now discredited report of a sexual assault at the University of Virginia reveals a shocking failure of journalistic ethics.

Jeb Bush Says He Doesn’t Read New York Times

Jeb Bush

The Republican frontrunner claims he doesn’t read America’s most important newspaper.

Politinerds: The Dave Weigel Interview


This weeks episode of Politinerds featured an interview with David Weigel, currently a political reporter at Bloomberg News, and previously with Slate, The Washington Post, Reason magazine, and a host of other publications. We covered several topics with Dave, ranging from issues about how a reporter’s political opinions should impact their reporting, the role of […]

Why Clintons Beat The Press

Hillary Clinton Smiles New Hampshire Win

What reporters see as stonewalling may be shrewd clock management.

Politinerds: The Andrew Malcom Interview


This week on Politinerds, Jazz Shaw and I interview Andrew Malcom, currently a columnist at Investors Business Daily, and previously a national and international correspondent for The New York Times. Andrew’s time in journalism stretches back to the era of the Vietnam War, the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and Watergate. During his time at the Times, […]

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

CNN Obama Chyron

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

Ben Bradlee Woodward Bernstein

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

Stressed Out

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

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