False equivalence, for those joining us late, is the almost irresistible instinct in mainstream journalism to present differing views as…
Last night I wrote an impolite item arguing something I actually believe: that the Tea Party-led effort to defund the…
I’ve spent most of my working-and-studying life either on the East Coast or outside the United States. But, as I’ve…
The man bites dog / dog bites man conundrum applied to story-framing
“There is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these [factual] questions than those who don’t watch any news at all.” A political scientist on what Roger Ailes has wrought, including the problems he is creating for his own GOP.
The strange and striking resonance between the politics of the post-Reagan era and what the first post-Obama president will confront
How a demonstration of calm competence becomes a "terrifying" episode
A chickenhawk moment so pure it deserves extra attention
What it means that a public figure "misremembered" events in this particular way
"You may contribute to the ideas for this article if you wish." Now you've got my attention!
"I’d love to take you out for a drink..." An insight into getting a reporter's attention.
Whichever way you see it, the presumptive Democratic nominee has shown us something significant.
What they reveal about the three words that are journalists' only source of self-respect
When the fighting is over in Gaza, one of these stories is going to look strange.
Talk shows aren't bringing on Captain Hazelwood to discuss safe shipping. But they still can't get enough of the Hazelwoods of foreign policy. Also, whether the "New York Times paradox" applies to public radio.
Two in-the-moment writers wrestle with two for-the-ages questions.
Bathtubs should be 365 times more frightening than sharks. So why aren't they?
The flying world's counterpart to your car's airbag and anti-skid brakes.
Skip past anything that talks about a coming dawn of the Chinese Century. Go straight to stories on the complications of China in the here-and-now.