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Endorse This: Obama: Unlike Putin, I Don’t Edit Journalists

“Unlike you, Vladimir, I don’t get to edit the piece before it’s published.”

March 29, 2016
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We Journalists Helped To Build Monster Trump

Sure, Donald Trump is the inevitable outcome of years of Republican pandering to the far right, but we gave him wings.

February 25, 2016
Several hundred students begin their occupation of the Arthur G. Coons Administrative Center at Occidental College in Los Angeles' Eagle Rock neighborhood on November 16, 2015. Occidental College students joined with the Black Student Alliance to protest a lack of diversity and said they will occupy the building until Friday, Nov. 20. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Calling All Millennials

If we’re serious about the importance of millennial voters — and we’re all insisting that we are — then where are the forums to hear from them?

February 17, 2016
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Al Jazeera America To Close; AJ-English Will Expand Digital Operations In U.S.

After three years of financial struggles, Al Jazeera America (AJAM) executives announced that the network will stop broadcasting at the end of April. The closure marks the final chapter of a turbulent existence, in which the channel invested heavily but failed to gain a meaningful market share in American television news.

January 13, 2016

Clinton, Trump, And How The Pundit Class Misread 2015

Everyone got it wrong. Clinton’s campaign was never in the dire state that the press claimed it was. And Trump, it turns out, appears to be a perfect messenger for today’s increasingly radical and intolerant Republican Party.

December 23, 2015
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Fool Me Twice, New York Times…

In my experience, you can fool a golden retriever exactly twice with the old hidden ball trick. So if the paper’s latest blunder is any indication, a golden retriever is overqualified to edit ‘The New York Times.’

December 23, 2015
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Editor Is Fired, But Not Silenced, Over The NRA

Jan Larson McLaughlin usually writes her editorial in the newsroom, but this one required special care. She was taking on the National Rifle Association, and she was doing it in Ohio. What happened next should bother everyone who cares about a free press.

December 16, 2015
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When Democracy Becomes Must See TV

Is it even possible for a democratic country to govern itself when news becomes “infotainment,” and infotainment news?

December 16, 2015
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A Calvin Coolidge Christmas In Washington

Barack Obama was once the young president with the golden voice. Now he seems like King David shorn of his harp and songs he composed to inspire his people. While I remain in his camp, sweet reason is not going to lull the NRA or ISIS.

December 11, 2015
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Media Ripped For TV Coverage From Home Of San Bernardino Shooters

As this bizarre scene was playing out live on TV, critics — on Twitter and elsewhere — let out a collective yowl.

December 5, 2015

More Layoffs For Journalists Is Sad News For You

In most newsrooms these days, fear reigns. That is no way for a journalist to take on the world — or corruption at your local city hall.

November 5, 2015
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Women Continue To Confound John Kasich

GOP presidential candidate John Kasich seems to labor under some 1950s retro fantasy that all women are either as ‘angry as Hillary’ or as silly as teeny-boppers.

October 15, 2015
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Critic’s Notebook: Virginia TV Shooting Sparks A Debate Over Viewing Of Footage

The problem when a journalist goes on a killing rampage — he’s going to go all out on social.

August 27, 2015
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Harry Reid Applauds Man Who Hoaxed The Right Wing

“I wish I’d meet this guy and pat him on the back,” Reid said, of the man who roped in right-wing conspiracy theorists.

April 29, 2015
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Prospects Fading For ‘NBC Nightly News’ Anchor Brian Williams’ Return

Brian Williams is gone, but not forgotten — because the story just keeps getting worse.

April 28, 2015

What’s Partisan About Fact?

The lack of GOP enthusiasm for fact-checkers ought to tell you something. Who could have a problem with a fact-checker?

April 27, 2015
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Go, Cavs, And Pass The Confetti

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are up two games to none as the look to rout the ornery Boston Celtics in the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

April 23, 2015

As If ‘Rolling Stone’ Were Our Only Problem

When Rolling Stone retracted the UVA story, they asked Columbia Journalism Review to conduct an independent investigation on what had gone wrong. The answer: Pretty much everything.

April 9, 2015
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Student At Center Of Rolling Stone Story Is Not To Blame, Investigation Authors Say

The Columbia team reiterated Monday that it found deep flaws in the reporting and editing of the woman’s narrative of her allegedly being gang raped at a University of Virginia fraternity.

April 7, 2015
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Journalists Must Rediscover Skepticism

From Ferguson to Charlottesville, the media have been falling down on the job.

March 25, 2015
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Believers Of Ernst Hoax Say A Lot About Who We Are

In politics, the line between the real and the ridiculous is more blurred than ever.

February 18, 2015
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Brian Williams Pays Price For Tall Tales

Will Brian Williams ever be able to salvage his reputation?

February 17, 2015
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Stewart, Williams, And Thick Skins

There’s a problem with all of the media focus on Jon Stewart and Brian Williams.

February 12, 2015
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Why I’m Pulling For Brian Williams

Connie Schultz explains why journalists want Williams’ career to survive.

February 11, 2015
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