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Darren Wilson has been meeting with network anchors: What the heck? — Credit CNN's Brian Stelter with a very big scoop. On today's "Reliable Sources" media-news program, Stelter reported that "high-profile news anchors" have spoken in "secret locations" with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

Media should hammer Obamacare Inc. for bogus enrollment numbers — Obamacare didn't clear that 7 million enrollment threshold, after all. From Bloomberg's Alex Wayne comes the news that the Obama administration's enrollment numbers included "380,000 dental subscribers." Why is that big news? Because those 380,000 "subscribers" drop the magic figure under the 7 million projection laid out in 2013 by the Congressional Budget Office.

Bill Clinton explains Fox News — In his keynote speech last night at the 100th anniversary gala of the New Republic, former President Bill Clinton touched on Mario Cuomo, FDR, unemployment, energy, health care, child cancer, the Millennium Development Goals, the "decline in the mortality rate for AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, infections related to dirty water," the relationship between a headline and a long-term trend line, the Rev.

Media organizations: Get out of the ‘intersection’! — Very few magazines, Web sites, TV stations or radio stations cover one topic only. They generally spread out over a bunch of themes, like politics, culture, sports, race and what have you. That's precisely where the "intersection" comes in. Have a look: *A release touting NBC News's top stories: "Jenna Bush Hager sits down with President George W.

Media critic Jack Shafer leaves Reuters — Media critic Jack Shafer is leaving his job at Reuters, he announced Wednesday evening. Many thanks to all @Reuters for 3-plus heavenly years. As Stanley Kubrick once said, "The only problem is, what to do next."

Don Lemon’s apology over Cosby rape question: Factually spotty — This is the cycle of death in the cable news industry: *Given the medium's 24-7 schedule, hosts are bound to say the stupidest things from time to time. *There are various outlets, including this one, devoted to monitoring every minute of that schedule in hopes of busting those hosts for those stupid things.

‘Daily Show’s’ Jon Stewart bashes Nancy Pelosi all night long — Just last Friday night, Bill O'Reilly of Fox News introduced interviewee Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" as a "big-time liberal commentator." Fair enough. Do not, however, call Stewart a "partisan commentator," at least not after last night's edition of Stewart's Comedy Central program.

Obamacare agency still stingy with enrollment figures — During Obamacare's inaugural enrollment period - spanning the last quarter of 2013 and the first of 2014 - the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) employed a selective approach to releasing key data about activity on

Observer Media’s Ken Kurson lobbies for his laundromat on company’s website — Ken Kurson is the editor of the New York Observer and editorial director of Observer Media's various properties, which include the popular PolitickerNJ, the Commercial Observer, the New York Observer and others. Kurson is also the majority owner of Westfield Laundromat in Westfield, N.J. In this story on PolitickerNJ, the two worlds of Ken Kurson collide.

El Blog de Erik Wemple talks White House press policy — Media punditry heads south.
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Nov 24, 2014

Police: Woman allegedly kills herself with gun bought to prepare for Ferguson unrest…

Nov 24, 2014

Via inflight magazine Q&A, @carr2n counts himself among Bill Cosby's media enablers.

Nov 24, 2014

RT @JeffreyGoldberg: "Mr. Hagel has often had problems articulating his thoughts — or administration policy — in an effective manner."…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @CarlosLozadaWP: Three and a half years after the first-person Jose Antonio Vargas essay I edited got spiked, WaPo tells his story:…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @GlennThrush: Admin sources called Hagel a "paper tiger"A YEAR AGO, agitating for his ouster. Via my Dec. '13 @POLITICOMag profile:…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @abeaujon: Old AOL commercials: “Can you believe what’s possible these days….Your own personalized newspaper.”

Nov 23, 2014

RT @TimothyNoah1: @JamesFallows @ErikWemple had any precise meaning to start with. And that's because it works out better that way for reporters.

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