How Should We View Trump’s Tweetstorms?

President Trump has been tweeting up a storm since Sunday, raising a question. Should we view his Tweets as the rantings of a cranky old man, or as something more serious?

No, The Octopus Didn’t Come From Outer Space

Thanks to mostly what amounts to bad science reporting in the popular media, a false claim about one of nature’s most mysterious and unique creatures continues to spread.

The Demise of Time Inc.

For decades, it was the preeminent brand in American journalism. Now its pieces are being sold at bargain rates.

The Racist New York Lawyer And Internet Vigilantism: How Far Is Too Far?

New York attorney Aaron Schlossberg found himself on the receiving end of an Internet firestorm this week. His case raises some interesting questions about Internet vigilantism.

Melania Trump Undergoes Kidney Surgery, Will Be Hospitalized Until End Of Week

A surprise announcement about the First Lady.

White House Leakers Leak Why They’re Leaking

The Trump White House has leaked more than any in recent memory. Some of the leakers have explained what motivates them.

USPS Loses Billions Per Year, But Not Because Of Amazon

The Postal Service is losing billions of dollars, but not for the reasons the President claims.

McInerney: Torture ‘Worked’ on John McCain

Another data point demonstrating that a distinguished military career doesn’t preclude being an awful human being or a crackpot.

In Donald Trump’s World, “Fake News” Means Anything Negative About Him

For Donald Trump and his supporters, “Fake News” means any news that doesn’t shower enough praise on him.

Has Donald Trump Killed The Presidential Press Conference? It Sure Seems Like It

It’s been 441 days since Donald Trump held a full-fledged Presidential press conference. Does anyone care?

Left and Right in the Age of Trump

Is everyone critical of President Trump by definition on the Left?

Donald Trump Continues His Unhinged War On The News Media

Instead of attending the White House Correspondents Association Dinner last night, Donald Trump took his show on the road where he continued his long-standing attacks on the press. Unfortunately, it’s a message that resonates with his supporters.

White House Correspondents Dinner Once Again Demonstrates Why It Shouldn’t Exist

As has often been the case, the White House Correspondent’s Dinner is arousing some degree of controversy, mostly because of the comedy or lack thereof.

RedState Purges Trump Critics

There has been a massive layoff at the Republican website. Everyone who criticized the President is gone.

Hillary Clinton: ‘They Were Never Going to Let Me Be President’

A longtime “Hillary Beat” reporter ruminates on what she and her candidate could have done differently in 2016.

The Declining Market for Freelance Writing

Ring Lardner said he would “rather write for the New Yorker at five cents a word than for Cosmopolitan at one dollar a word.” A century later, he’d be lucky to get those rates.

NPR’s Carl Kasell Dead at 84

The long-time public radio host has died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Sean Hannity Is Michael Cohen’s Mystery Client, But That Shouldn’t Matter

Sean Hannity was Michael Cohen’s “secret client,” but it’s not clear that should matter to anyone.

Sandy Hook Parents Sue Alex Jones For Defamation

The parents of two of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre are suing Alex Jones for falsely accusing them of lying about the deaths of their children.

Kevin Williamson Doesn’t Want Women Murdered and Doesn’t Belong at The Atlantic

Argumentation without the intent to persuade is masturbation, not journalism.

Trump Will Skip White House Correspondents Association Dinner Again

President Trump won’t attend nerd prom again this year. That’s a good thing.

Kevin Williamson and the Limits of Polite Discourse

The Atlantic fired one of their few conservative voices for saying women who have abortions should be hanged. Was this beyond the pale?

How That “Caravan” Of Immigrants Became A Focus Of Panic On The Right

Thanks to a combination of sensationalism and outright lies, a fairly conventional story about an annual protest march in Mexico was turned into Fox News fodder that raised images of an invading army of illegal immigrants.

‘Woke’ Civil War at the New York Times?

Old-fashioned notions of journalistic neutrality are chafing young reporters in the Age of Trump.

News Anchors At Sinclair Owned Stations Caught Reading From Same Corporate Mandated Script

News anchors at dozens of local stations owned by conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group were recently required to read a script mandated by corporate headquarters, and it’s leading to some bad media coverage for Sinclair.

State Department Quite Appropriately Updates Website to Reflect Tillerson Departure

Their website has been scrubbed! Tillerson has all but vanished! The sky is falling!

Nick Kristof and the Perils of Parachute Journalism

A well-meaning journalist brushes off critiques by experts in the field. He owes it to his readers to keep learning.

YouTube Bans Videos That ‘Promote’ Gun Sales

Is Google acting as a good citizen here? Or abusing its market dominance?

Comedian Byron Allen Buys the Weather Channel

The guy from Real People? He’s rich.

Pottermore Fires Most of its Staff

The JK Rowling-owned fan site is having trouble competing with fan-owned sites.

Breitbart News Sees Big Drop In Readership

Breitbart News appears to be fading in terms of readership, but the alt-right politics it represents is not going away.

Ralph Peters Suddenly ‘Ashamed’ of Fox News After Decade of Appearances

The network’s longtime “strategic analyst” is “ashamed” of his association because they’ve become a “propaganda machine.”

BBC Pays John McEnroe 10 Times What it Pays Martina Navratilova

It may be time for transparency on pay structures so employees know what others in comparable positions are making.

The Strange World of Shepard Smith

Having journalistic integrity at the Fair and Balanced network has never been more challenging.

Farhad Manjoo Totally Unplugged from Twitter if You Don’t Count the Constant Tweeting

CJR’s Dan Mitchell has a tiny quibble with a recent viral NYT thumbsucker. 

Smug Liberals, Conservative Trolls, and Jake Tapper

Two seemingly contradictory essays out today highlight the exhausting political conversation environment.

The President’s Self-Imposed Bubble

POLITICO buries the lede in making the case for “Donald Trump’s bubble presidency.”

Guilt By Association: The Strange Case of the Oshry Sisters

Four social media stars have been fired from their television show after the revelation that Pamela Gellar is their mother.

PBS to Launch Conservative Talk Show

Michael Gerson and Amy Holmes will host a program loosely based on “Firing Line” starting in April.

Facebook Algorithm Change Kills ‘Little Things’

A recent change to the way the social media giant selects articles readers see first has crushed a web magazine.

Fox News’ Obsession with Chelsea Handler

In my life I have not once, not a single time, encountered the name of Chelsea Handler in any context apart from Fox News articles. 

Megan McArdle Hired as WaPo Columnist

While I don’t always agree with her, I’ve never ceased to be amazed at the sheer vitriol she inspires, given that she’s unfailingly polite, not discernibly partisan, and bends over backwards to acknowledge the merits of competing viewpoints.

American Exceptionalism Gone Wonky. Again.

In the United States, in contrast, the judgment citizens hold of the media, along increasingly with everything else, turns on one’s identification with a political tribe. 

Train Crashes and Recency Bias

Two Amtrak crashes in less than a week is newsworthy. It is not, however, a trend.

Geraldo: Nixon Wouldn’t Have Had to Resign if he Had a Sean Hannity

The guy who found Al Capone’s vault wishes we had a guy like Sean Hannity back in the Watergate era.

NBC Fires Matt Lauer After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

The latest domino to fall in the ongoing wave of sexual harassment and abuse revelations is Matt Lauer.

An Appropriate Assessment of the Spicer Era

Don’t cry for Spicer.

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