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Sinking MSNBC to Shuffle Lineup Yet Again

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

NBC Courted Jon Stewart For Meet The Press

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A desperation move by NBC News?

New York Times Cutting Staff Again

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

Wikipedia Wants to Eliminate The Federalist! Oh, noes!

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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

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

Fixing Comments Sections with Financial Incentives

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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

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

The TMZification of Sports

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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

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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

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And odd report from Washington Post and Stars and Stripes.

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

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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

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

Egypt Sentences Three Journalists To Prison

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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

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Some thoughts on Amazon’s new smartphone: Fire

Former CNN Reporter to Become Queen of Spain

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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?

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When everything’s an outrage, is anything outrageous?

Supreme Court Passes On Appeal From Journalist Threatened With Contempt Citation

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

Good News For Supporters Of Journalist Shield Laws

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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?

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The editors of our great newspapers are interchangeable.

Associated Press Wants Reporters To Keep It Short

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

Now That’s What I Call Television

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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

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The news gets worse.

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

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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?

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

Most Expensive States Meet Most Stupid Infographic

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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

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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

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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?

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

For Want of a Comma

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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Peggy Noonan asks an interesting question.

Who’s Writing Copy For Local News Broadcasts?

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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?

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Some perspective from Sochi.

Jeff Bezos Making His Mark At The Washington Post

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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

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

Quick Thoughts on D’Souza

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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

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

Volokh Takes The Boeing

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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

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

Limbaugh’s Methodology

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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”

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Let’s think about how the media operates.

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