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Ted Cruz sign

As the GOP’s ideological center hurtles into the farthest reaches of the universe, the MSM still strives for “balance.”

Obama in a camera's viewfinder

The president's inaugural address touched all the important bases, except one.

Andrew Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan garners much attention for his bold moves as a blogger. But what about the quality of his judgments?

David Petraeus

Most media has lauded Petraeus for his military success. But his true strength was as a P.R. prodigy. 

A Romney supporter in Iowa

The Romney campaign’s self-delusion was only possible because of its MSM enablers.

Mitt Romney

While neglecting the real issues—and ignoring the radicalization of the Republican Party—reporters obsess over made-up “gaffes” and meaningless campaign moments.

Barack Obama

After the first presidential debate, the media follow-up focused almost exclusively on its theatrics and the implications for the “horse race.”

How right-wing Jewish organizatons misrepresent both the views and the influence of American Jews.

The Problem of Conservative 'Intellectuals'

As Mitt Romney’s campaign descends into increasingly indefensible terrain, a few right-wing stalwarts are still standing by their man.

Elizabeth Warren

A manufactured controversy aimed at Elizabeth Warren shows the damaging ways we exploit trivial kerfuffles and pass them off as political stories.

Blogs

Eric on the best new play in town; and Reed on problems of process journalism.

September 20, 2013

The New York Times runs a correction about Navy Yards shooter Aaron Alexis’s attempts to buy an assault rifle, but the central question remains.

September 20, 2013

In his latest piece, the New York Times columnist ruminates on hair color and diplomatic response to Syria.

September 18, 2013

Diplomacy is messy, clichés aren’t.

September 13, 2013

In the wake of the news that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post, William Greider looks back on the paper’s glory days.

August 7, 2013

While independent experts have questioned the administration’s claims of chemical weapons use by the Assad regime, most publications are happy to highlight the “evidence.”

June 21, 2013

While many mainstream media outlets are accepting White House confirmation as fact, some reporters are skeptical of "slam dunk" proof of chemical weapons.

June 14, 2013

Remembering the disturbing details of US diplomacy revealed through Wikileaks.

June 13, 2013

Even though the press relies on and exploits leaks, pundits still hit the NSA whistleblower in this case.

June 12, 2013

The paper’s site was packed with coverage that was “Tireless. Dogged. Spirited.” And it was something else: Free.

April 20, 2013