Congressional investigators didn't connect the obvious dots -- and neither have journalists. Until now.

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Online sleuths: Prepare to pull on the 1/6 committee’s loose ends!

There will be way more good bits ends in the supporting material than the press corps can handle on its own.

Just Like Elon Musk, the New York Times Can’t Stop Trolling the Libs

In an article that laid bare the pathologies of the Times newsroom, star reporter Jeremy Peters actually wrote that what Elon Musk stands for "remains largely unclear."

Donald Trump is not “embracing extremism.” He’s way beyond that.

Extremism is threatening to tank the world economy unless we cut Social Security. This is way, way beyond that. It is abhorrent conduct that shouldn't be considered acceptable in American society.

Here’s what political reporters care about, and it’s not you

Going against the conventional wisdom is a great way for political reporters to lose face with the people who matter to them.

I win an argument with Blake Hounshell

The author of the New York Times's marquee political newsletter seemed perplexed: Did I really think the Times hadn't done enough to warn the public of the threats to democracy?

It’s not a fluke, it’s a rot: Why the political media blew the 2022 election

Ever since they started handicapping the 2022 election, political journalists have refused to even consider that voters might reject extremism.


Press Watch mission statement: Political journalism needs a reset

No one can possibly argue that modern political journalism has fulfilled its essential mission of creating an informed electorate. Here's how it needs to change.


By firing Brian Stelter, CNN is capitulating to disinformation rather than fighting it

CNN’s latest big move is a huge victory for Fox. By firing Brian Stelter, CNN’s new management has rid Fox – temporarily, I hope – of one of its chief scourges.

Replacement rhetoric is the litmus test the media has been waiting for

The concept of the intentional replacement of white people by nonwhite people, in any form, is a racist conspiracy theory that should be abhorrent to everyone.



That thing that just happened didn’t just happen in a vacuum

The ultimate antidote to what ails political journalism today is context. And that doesn't necessarily mean doing a lot of extra reporting. It may mean just remembering.
A chart from the Shorenstein Center report "In the Shadow of Kerner: Fifty Years Later, Newsroom Diversity and Equity Stall".

Newsrooms are struggling to cover race

The role of race and racism in American politics has always been significant. These days, it is central to the political divide in our country. Understanding and being able to explain its complexities is essential to cover this moment coherently. And yet the gaze of our elite American newsrooms remains intractably white and male. So they fail.


Not clear on who’s threatening democracy? Let me rewrite that for you.

Journalists should be making absolutely clear that Republican candidates for key state and federal offices are fully prepared to steal any future election that doesn’t go their way – making the conspiracy theory they spread about 2020 actually come true in 2024.

A “challenge” to Biden’s battle against racism? Let me rewrite that for you.

I would have written that the Buffalo massacre was a gruesome reminder of the importance of Biden’s desire to “restore the soul of America”.

‘Conservatives’ say teachers are ‘grooming’ kids? Let me rewrite that for you.

Instead of clearly debunking and critiquing this insane, divisive filth, the Washington Post does stenography and withholds judgment.

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