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CNN Anchor Admits Chilling Effect: Journalists Scared to Criticize Trump

10:07 AM, Jan 29, 2016
This morning on CNN, Alisyn Camerota revealed a theory: journalists are scared to criticize the Donald. Read more

Got a License to Carry That Notepad?

Feb 01, 2016

Mike Pitts, a Republican state legislator in South Carolina, last week proposed a law that would require journalists in the state to sign on to a “responsible journalism registry." For anyone who understands the issues at the heart of recent gun control debates, it was obvious the law was more of a satirical "modest proposal" than a serious one. Aside from a flurry of angry and confused tweets by journalists denouncing Pitts's proposal, one Washington Post reporter even went so far as to write a column denouncing the proposed law. And indeed, if you swap a few key terms, the Post op-ed is a persuasive argument against gun registries. Pitts couldn't have asked for better.

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No, Republicans Are Not Endangering Free Speech For Wanting Better Debates

9:29 PM, Nov 02, 2015

A big part of liberal media bias is the insatiable need to create drama about any intra-party Republican disagreements, while downplaying or ignoring Democratic divisions.

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Video: Journalists Line Up for Selfies With Hillary Clinton

6:04 AM, Sep 23, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sat down with the Des Moines Register editorial board yesterday to answer questions. After, Des Moines Register reporter Jennifer Jacobs managed to ask Clinton a few questions while she was already in the building.

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Carrying Water for Planned Parenthood

Aug 17, 2015

The New York Times may still be known as the “paper of ­record,” but the paper’s unresponsiveness in correcting the record is not something that is going to burnish its reputation. On July 20, the Times published a story about the first of a ­recent spate of undercover videos showing ­affiliates of abortion provider Planned Parenthood unethically and possibly illegally negotiating the sale of fetal parts to medical researchers. The videos are produced by a pro-life activist group, the Center for Medical Progress.

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High Intelligence, Low Information

A chat with a ‘Real American.’
3:45 PM, Aug 12, 2015

I live out in Real Virginia, which is to say the part of Virginia that is technically a D.C. exurb, but is populated almost entirely by normal people. My neighbors are teachers and plumbers and soldiers and engineers. Plenty of the folks out here work for the federal government, but none of them work in politics.

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Who Was Maureen Dowd's Source?

4:05 PM, Aug 01, 2015

Here's part of Maureen Dowd's interesting and moving column in tomorrow's New York Times on Joe Biden:

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Is the Story of a Muslim Woman Insulted by Flight Attendant a Hoax?

The printing press should not become a social media rumor mill.
9:38 AM, Jun 09, 2015

Last week, there was yet another news frenzy over something that happened on social media. A Muslim Northwestern University chaplain, Tahera Ahmad, wrote on her Facebook page that she was in "tears of humiliation from discrimination" because a flight attendant refused to give her an unopened can of soda. Ahmad claimed that she was told that this was so she couldn't use the can of soda as a weapon, and that another passenger told her, "You Moslem, you need to shut the f— up.”

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Feds Spend $150K to 'Embed' Russian Journalists in U.S. Newsrooms

11:10 AM, Jun 05, 2015

Even as diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Russia remain decidedly chilly over the Ukrainian conflict, the State Department is reaching out to "up-and-coming" Russian journalists. A recent $150,000 grant offering from the U.S.

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State Dept. to Offer Course on Ethics for Journalists: 'Blurred Lines'

7:01 AM, Apr 20, 2015

The U.S. State Department is looking to design and facilitate a media ethics course for journalists in India, and has even proposed appropriating the name of Robin Thicke's 2013 hit "Blurred Lines" as a title for the course. The U.S.

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Garry Trudeau Calls Charlie Hebdo 'Hate Speech'

3:49 PM, Apr 10, 2015

Today, Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau became the first cartoonist to ever receieve a George Polk Award. During the festivities*, he remarked that the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo -- the satirical Parisian magazine that was recently the site of a terror attack -- "wandered into the realm of hate speech.” He also added that “free speech... becomes its own kind of fanaticism.”

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Reporters Hammer Rolling Stone in Presser as Fraternity Announces Legal Action

Eviscerated by Columbia Journalism School report, magazine refuses to issue pink slips.
6:14 AM, Apr 07, 2015

If anyone was unsure of the veracity of Rolling Stone's account of an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, the final nail is now in the story's coffin. Sunday night, the Columbia School of Journalism released its much anticipated blistering report on the magazine's November feature.

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The Worst Defense of Obama's Foreign Policy Ever

2:03 PM, Mar 27, 2015

I don't think very much of and its journalistic standards. I've made the case against them before in detail, but the evidence of their general lack of professionalism is still piling up. Vox has a daily email newsletter written by Matthew Yglesias, and today's missive contains the following gem:

Obama's pretty successful Middle East strategy

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Journalist Rips Australian PM: 'Are You a Dead Man Walking?'

7:23 AM, Feb 10, 2015

This is how to interview a politician. Leigh Sales of Australia's ABC interview Prime Minister Tony Abbott after he barely survived the spill motion (61-39):

The interview is great from the get go. "Prime minister, welcome to the program," Sales begins. 

Abbott returns her warm welcome, "Thank you, Leigh. It's lovely to be here."

"Are you a dead man walking?"

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NYTimes Fails to Disclose Clinton Paid for Interviews About Administration

8:50 PM, Dec 06, 2014

In a five year span, the William J Clinton Foundation gave five grants totaling $851,250 to the University of Virginia's Miller Center.

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Rolling Stone Rolls Over

10:29 AM, Dec 06, 2014

Two weeks ago, Rolling Stone published a bombshell piece that rocked the academic world. In the story, author Sabrina Erdely detailed a horrific crime — a gang rape at one of the fraternities at the University of Virginia that allegedly took place two years ago.

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NYTimes Offers 13-Day Journalist-Led Tour of Iran for $6,995

7:14 AM, Oct 13, 2014

If you've been dying to go to Iran, this might be your chance. The New York Times is selling a 13-day tour of Iran, guided by a Times journalist--Elaine Sciolino--for a mere $6,995.

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The Death of Explanatory Journalism

12:06 PM, Jul 15, 2014

Someone I'm related to by marriage has written a superb column on the problem of media ignorance. The fact I'm not a disinterested observer shouldn't stop me from noting that the column and the event that prompted it has attracted some attention. The piece is pegged to a much discussed interview talk radio star Hugh Hewitt conducted with Zach Carter, the Huffington Post’s “senior political economy reporter.” Hewitt asked Carter why he was spouting off various critical opinions related to Dick Cheney and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Certainly, Carter's not alone here -- the rise of ISIS has had liberal journalists queuing up to insist President Obama bears minimal responsibility for the disintegration of the situation in Iraq. Joe Biden bet his vice presidency Iraq would extend the Status of Forces Agreement, and had they not failed, it might well have prevented the current mess. But here we are.

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Obama Administration Picks Up Another Journalist

This one, from Roll Call, is headed to the Department of Justice.
12:46 PM, Jan 22, 2014

Another reporter is joining the Obama administration. Emily Pierce, the deputy editor of Roll Call, will be joining the office of public affairs at the Department of Justice, the federal agency headed by Attorney General Eric Holder. 

Pierce was welcomed to her new position by Brian Fallon, who works in that DOJ office and who used to be Chuck Schumer's spokesman in the Senate.

"Can't wait to welcome @emilyprollcall to @TheJusticeDept Office of Public Affairs later this month. She is a true pro," Fallon said on Twitter.


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Journalism’s Elusive Golden Age

Jan 13, 2014

Like Diogenes in search of an honest man, The Scrapbook has been on an extended quest to find the Golden Age of American journalism. That was the era, not so long ago, when a literate public was downright serious about the news, and America’s newspapers, magazines, and television networks paid close, detailed attention to current events, foreign affairs, and national politics—which, of course, were civil in tone, bipartisan in nature, and concerned with finding solutions rather than exploiting problems.

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'Veteran Journalist' Joins Kerry as Staff at State Department

7:14 AM, Sep 03, 2013

Under the headline, "Veteran Journalist Douglas Frantz Heading To State Department," Michael Calderone of the Huffington Post reports on one Secretary of State John Kerry's latest hires.

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Aug 26, 2013

The Scrapbook has previously commented on the “new breed of pundit/political scientist who seems to think that a pie chart is a substitute for argument.” Whether it’s the fault of an education system and corporate sector saturated with PowerPoint presentations, the increasing desperation of polemicists, reporters, and poli-sci types to cast their work as hard “science,” or just the rising tide of philistinism, it seems an ever-growing number of writers and thinkers have taken to substituting the siren song of the computer-generated chart for the hard work of written argument.

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Jack Germond, 1928-2013

8:30 PM, Aug 14, 2013

With the death of Jack Germond at 85, the great triumvirate of political reporting is now gone. Germond, Robert Novak, and David Broder were the Clay, Calhoun, and Webster of political journalism with their columns and TV commentary, but mostly with their dogged reporting.

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On Benghazi, 78 Percent Say Questions of W.H. Response 'Should be Taken Seriously'

9:01 AM, Aug 09, 2013

Lately, the Obama administration has taken to referring to "phony scandals" that have distracted Washington from the important issues--namely, the White House's domestic agenda.

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What Pope Francis Said, and What He Didn't

12:01 PM, Aug 07, 2013

You may have heard that last week Pope Francis said that gay Catholic priests were a-okay.

He didn't say that, of course. What he said was this:

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J-School Follies

Jul 29, 2013

In light of the ongoing, slow-motion collapse of the mainstream media, at least one major journalism school has decided to reassess its priorities. Last week, Inside Higher Ed reported that the prestigious Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California is revamping its master’s degree program.

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Newseum to 'Re-Evaluate' Inclusion of Terrorists on 'Journalists Memorial'

8:44 AM, May 13, 2013

In a statement released this morning, the Newseum announces that it will "re-evaluate" its decision to include two terrorists on its "Journalist Memorial." The Newseum had been planning to honor former members of the terrorist group Hamas, Mahmoud Al-Kumi and Hussam Salama.

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Columbia Journalism School Now Costs $83,884 Per Year

3:07 PM, Mar 18, 2013

A year at Columbia University's journalism school will set you back nearly $84,000. 

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Weepers Keepers

Joseph Epstein on sob stories
Mar 04, 2013

An old journalistic axiom holds, “If it bleeds, it leads.” This means that stories of violence—of murder and arson, tornadoes and hurricanes, floods and carnage—always get primary attention in newspapers and on radio and television news. They still do, but coming up fast on the outside, especially on television news, are stories of deep personal sadness. So regular a feature of nightly television news has the spectacle of heartbroken people become that a new axiom is needed: “If it weeps, it keeps.”

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