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Getting granular with NPR’s culture of timidity

NPR would not call it plagiarism when Melania Trump’s speech to the Republican convention took passages from Michelle Obama. But there was a revealing moment when its people defended this policy online. Hey, readers! This will take some explanation but if you bear with me, I promise: by the time you get to point 9 […]

Facebook backs off on the View from Nowhere

Today Facebook released a document it calls: News Feed Values. It’s a start on beginning to define some editorial priorities. Even a start — and that’s all this is — is news, though. Because for a long time Facebook wouldn’t even say it had priorities. It would describe you as the editor of News Feed: […]

Journalists as ‘hit squad:’ Connecting the dots on Sheldon Adelson, the Review-Journal of Las Vegas and Edward Clarkin in Connecticut

In which I give my opinion — an educated guess — about what I think happened, and call on GateHouse Media executives to level with us. It’s been more than three weeks since Politico’s Ken Doctor, working off conversations he had with unidentified executives at the company, published this story: After Adelson: Gatehouse moves to […]

Tone poem for the “leave it there” press

When journalists try to distance themselves from our hyper-polarized politics something has to be said. Here is my little attempt to say it. This person — a political journalist: intelligent, informed — appears on my TV screen regularly during those roundtables where pundits try to dissect the news: In our current Polarized America, is it […]