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NEW YORK -- Just four months after its parent company cut 100 people from the newsroom, Wednesday night The New York Times
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When bad news becomes overwhelming, as it does with some regularity, the cable news channels are not your friends. Your need for clear understanding is incompatible with their on-air and online business plan, which depends on you being anxious and staying tuned in. Giving them up is easier than you think.
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I hype Ravindran not because any of his software novelties overwhelm me. They don't. But they reflect a salutary change in
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Trend stories based on anecdotes or lazy statistics are bad enough. When extensive research by "experts" is involved, meaninglessness can rise to a higher -- or lower -- level of absurdity.
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"We're webbier about things and nimbler," he added. By giving Adler a mandate to make big moves, Reuters may hope to avoid
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Jack Shafer, Slate's very recently laid-off media critic, is moving to Reuters, according to a source familiar with the matter
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Slate, the online news magazine owned by the Washington Post Company, has laid off a number of employees, including editor
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Here's a reminder to reporters on the teevee: the terrible disaster that happened isn't happening to you, okay?
Politics
The blame here rests with whoever leaked the documents. Don't lose sight of the issue at hand. We have, and will continue
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Over at Slate, Jack Shafer takes note of the many politicians this campaign season who have beat a retreat from engaging
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New Republic editor Marty Peretz added to his compendium of racist bilge in a column. Today, he offers up what purports to be an "apology."
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This kind of shallow reporting is why the media loses credibility -- a simple Google search or call to an academic expert on drugs or even a conversation with a long-time addict would reveal that $10 bags are not news.
Entertainment
It's always satisfying to see journalistic plagiarism outed. But when it comes to music, things can be more complicated.
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The forty years between Kennedy and Clinton were an accident of economic and demographic history, resulting in a temporary but highly profitable industry structure for the papers that dominated their markets.
Politics
Burning up my inbox today is news of this story from the Charlotte News and Observer, about an anti-gay marriage rally in
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As a J-school student, I ask myself: is it crazy to pay for an education in a profession that refuses to charge for its services? Giving away news for free was a terrible folly. It's time now to move on and cough up.
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Just because I think that the New York Times should leave vacant the opinion-columnist position just evacuated by William