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When we reduce the devastating hurricane to fiction—even really good fiction—we risk making it little more than a trope.

Instead of rape, let's just call it, "unilateral, physical intimacy." Instead of torture, let's just call it, "enhanced interrogation techniques," and pretend that it's not morally wrong.

The White House press corps is entirely focused on what happens inside the White House. While that's not irrelevant, it's not what's really important.

Lawrence Lessig and Glenn Greenwald debate their positions on Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination.

The mainstream media track Fox News as if it were the Sixth Estate. Does that benefit us—or Fox?

When Bruce Springsteen became a political "Boss" he could not have imagined that the lyrics from one of his most famous songs would be cited by one American president and used to lampoon critics of another.

The seventh anniversary of the start of the Iraq war dawned today with very little notice in the media--but at the start of the war, many more newspapers opposed it than we now remember.

The Nation is adding an essential new voice to TheNation.com--Greg Mitchell, former editor of Editor & Publisher. Mitchell will be blogging as writer and editor of the new "Media Fix" blog, a snapshot of the best and worst each day in media and journalism.

Nation writers Robert McChesney and John Nichols support
government subsidies to sustain journalism in the future.

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 With campaigns and partisans gaining narrative-shaping clout, journalists' role is shrinking.

August 24, 2012

Though hardly a blip in campaign news, the 2,000th American troop has been killed—many by our own allies, the Afghan security forces—and inattention still abounds. 

August 23, 2012

Eric and Reed just do not like this Ryan guy.

August 17, 2012

Reed dissects the the journalistic equivalent of mortal sins.

August 10, 2012

Despite the cacophony of media criticism about HBO’s new series, there’s been hardly a murmur made about how the show criticizes the media.

August 9, 2012

The new goal for political reporting appears to regard truth as irrelevant.

August 6, 2012

Eric on "Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion" and Reed on Gore Vidal. 

August 3, 2012

 Eric on some classic Jazz, Reed on a glimpse into the 1%. 

July 27, 2012

 Eric on David Johansen, Nora Ephron and Woodie Guthrie. Reed on Louie CK.

July 13, 2012

Eric on silly predictions and the Washington Post, and Reed on Obamacare.

June 29, 2012