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An Evelyn Waugh character explains how to read the newspaper (or other media)

I read the newspapers with lively interest. It is seldom that they are absolutely, point-blank wrong. That is the popular belief, but those who are in the know can usually discern an embryo truth, a little grit of fact, like the core of a pearl, round which has been deposited the delicate layers of […]

No, it is not the greatest lede in the history of journalism, but it’s a good one.

A Chapel Hill (NC) News article begins:

Roy Mars was peeing in his compost last weekend – it saves water and adds nitrogen – when he looked up and saw something streak across the sky.

Here’s the full report.

As I have previously noted, the current title holder for best lede was from a story about […]

Hendrik Hertzberg’s correction of the day

From his New Yorker blog:

An earlier version of my column incorrectly referred to Brazil as one of the countries where leaders “have been flamboyantly consolidating their own power.” I meant Venezuela.

—Bill Keller, nytimes.com, 2011

They’re all different countries down there.

—President Ronald Reagan, 1982


James Fallows on why NPR news matters

This is a very important post, highly recommended.

Trial Court Rules for Hood / Langston against Pickering in MCI Fee Case

A quick read of the opinion granting summary judgment for Hood shows that the basis is that Hood had the authority to hire outside counsel and that, because MCI paid the money, there’s not a legal issue about the legislature appropriating. From Sid Salter’s blog: http://www.clarionledger.com/assets/pdf/D0152201219.PDF Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd has ruled […]

Journalists may now note that there are two distinct views about whether Hawaii is part of the U.S.

A significant percentage of the people who believe that Obama was not born in the United States also believe that he was born in Hawaii.  This is because they believe that Hawaii is not part of the United States.

There have to be certain agreed-upon premises before people can engage in a meaningful conversation.  […]

The NYTimes Media Decoder Blog stares into the abyss…

The New York Times, looking at the money it’s hemorraging at the Boston Globe, having had it’s journalists union just turn down the agreement they were offering, decides to shop the paper and see what it can sell it for.  It’s MediaDecoder blog goes to a number of experts to see what they think […]

Interesting Clarion Ledger stories about the murder of French journalist Paul Gulhard during the Meredith riot

The Clarion Ledger reported Saturday that a man may have come forward with a small clue about the 1962 murder of French journalist Paul Gulhard during the Meredith riots.

Gulhard, a journalist for Agence France-Presse, was shot and killed at point-blank range during the 1962 riot at Ole Miss over the admission of James […]

Mark Danner obtains the International Red Cross report on CIA torture

Journalist Mark Danner has obtained a copy of the International Red Cross report on the treatment of  “High Value” detainees and has published what he’s seen in the New York Review of Books.  Danner is a journalism professor at the University of California at Berkeley, a staff writer at the New Yorker,  and a […]

Sunday Morning Various

John T. Edge has a new monthly column in the NY Times called United Tastes, which looks to be designed around John T.’s patented approach– he will use food as a window into local culture and history.  He started by looking at Springfield Missouri, going back to Lotus’s childhood there, inspiring an excellent […]