President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Medal of Valor ceremony, Monday, May 16, 2022, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Medal of Valor ceremony, Monday, May 16, 2022, in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

The News is Bad for Biden

The nature of American political reporting distorts our perception of reality.

Democracy Dies in Dumbness

Paywalls are not our problem.

Shinzo Abe Murdered

Japan’s longest-serving prime minister was killed at a campaign rally. He was 67.

Replacing Biden in 2024?

From the Cliché File.

America’s Gun Problem is Here to Stay

The obstacles to fixing the problem are many.

A Toxic Mix of Overcharging And Punitive Bail

An extraordinary example shines light on coercive factors that incentivize plea deals

Ginni Thomas: Boomer with Internet?

Does it matter whether she’s a rube or a mastermind?

Walter Mears, 1935-2022

The legendary AP politics reporter is gone at 87.

P.J. O’Rourke, 1947-2022

The great conservative humorist is gone at 74.

Secrecy and Democracy

How do we know when our government is telling us the truth?

Yahoo News: News for Yahoos?

The longtime aggregator is now serving mostly non-news content.

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[Updated 1/31] Both Sides Are NOT the Same: “Banned” Book Edition

People, details do in fact matter!

Public Health and the Public

Are Fauci, the CDC, and others getting a bum rap?

Beatles ‘Get Back’ Documentary

A long peek at history in the making.

Nobody Watches Cable News

A media critic argues we pay outsized attention to the goings-on at Fox, MSNBC, and CNN.

Gun Control is Jim Crow protester Gun Control is Jim Crow protester

Tribal Lenses and Criminal Justice

Our reactions to recent murder trials tells us a lot about our divided country.

Nationalizing the Local

The appetite for content and clicks turns sensationalizes news that isn’t news.

Mort Sahl, 1927-2021

The first modern stand-up comedian has died at 94.

The Psychology of Internet Fame

Our brains are wired to seek approval but may not be equipped to handle our modern existence.

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The Bizarre Economics of Media

Not everyone is losing money.

Moulton and Meijer Make Unauthorized Afghanistan Trip

Grandstanding in the midst of chaos is a bad look.

Timeline Ripped Out of Arkansas Yearbook

When “the news” isn’t just “the news.”

The Consolidation of Journalism

The Internet killed the newspaper without really replacing it.

Eighteen Years of Blogging

Some reflections

The Pendulum Is Broken, Not Swinging

Historical precedents fall apart when we’re in a truly unprecedented time.

Trying an Impeached Former President

The legal debates are unsettled but we can all agree that Rand Paul is a moron.

The Endless Corruption of the Trump Presidency

Same endless song, different verse.

Trump Saves ‘Stars and Stripes’

The venerable military newspaper lives to print another day.

NPR Hit Hard by Pandemic

Telecommuting has taken a bite out of an industry built on commuting.

Trump’s Mount Rushmore Diatribe

The President is desperate and unwell and the press is making no bones about it.

President Trump Travels to Maine President Donald J. Trump walks from the Oval Office to the South Lawn of White House to board Marine One for Joint Base Andrews Md. Friday, June 5, 2020, to begin his trip to Bangor, Maine. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufiour) President Trump Travels to Maine President Donald J. Trump walks from the Oval Office to the South Lawn of White House to board Marine One for Joint Base Andrews Md. Friday, June 5, 2020, to begin his trip to Bangor, Maine. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufiour)

Republicans Losing Fear of Trump

As the President becomes less popular, there are signs he’s losing support from his co-partisans in Congress.

Trump Targets Social Networks

The President has been Twitter on their own platform. Now, he’s following through.

NYT Devotes Front Page to COVID Dead

All the deaths are fit to print.

Biden’s Veep Search

Every Democratic woman seems to be under consideration.

New York Times and the Outrage Mob

The newspaper of record radically altered a column and then misrepresented it.

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Subscription Prices Skyrocketing

We seem to be in a new reality. Will readers accept it?

Cancer Causes Genetic Changes Years Before Symptoms

A promising new study.

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Newspaper Endorsements At Odds with Polls

The leading papers in Iowa and New Hampshire are backing Klobuchar and Warren, respectively.

René Auberjonois, Benson and Star Trek Actor, Dead At 79

René Auberjonois, a long time character actor best known for his roles on Benson and Star Trek: Deep Space NIne, has died at 79.

One Of Deval Patrick’s Appearances Draws Empty Room

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick isn’t exactly starting out on the right foot.

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Trump Orders Feds to Cancel NYT and WaPo Subscriptions

The President is tired of all the fake news.

Profiles In Republican Cowardice

The impending impeachment of the President is likely to reveal Republicans on Capitol Hill to be the cowards we already knew they were.

Hugh Hewitt Hackery

An empty column with a seed of one good point buried in a bunch of nothing.

Cokie Roberts, Pioneering Journalist, Dead at 75

We’re unlikely to see anyone like her again.

Do Biden’s Gaffes Matter?

To listen to the meda, Joe Biden’s recent gaffes and malapropisms are a major story. For regular Americans, though, they don’t seem to matter.

Americans Can’t Distinguish Satire from Reality

Stories from sites like The Onion are routinely shared on social media and perceived as real news.

These Reporters Today . . .

Despite all the complaining, we’re in a golden age of political and policy coverage.

Are Our Critics and Commentators too White?

Should the pundit class look more like America?