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Why you shouldn't call Obama's speech plagiarism.

slate.com — The speed with which reporters have circled Barack Obama to defend him against charges of plagiarism coming directly from the Hillary Clinton campaign indicates that the press is in the tank for Obama or-less conveniently for Clinton-that she's guilty of inflating his poor footnoting into grand theft larceny. According to U.S.

Did He or Didn’t He? Gay Talese’s Story of a Colorado Motel Owner Who Spied on His Guests May Not Be Trustworthy.

nytimes.com — THE VOYEUR'S MOTEL By Gay TaleseIllustrated. 233 pp. Grove Press. $25. The average reader will greet more with anger than sadness Gay Talese's disclosure - almost halfway through his book "The Voyeur's Motel" - that the detailed sex journal underpinning this zany work of nonfiction can't be trusted.

The (ongoing) vitality of mythical numbers.

slate.com — Reporters have so much faith in the pure power of numbers that many will inject into a piece any ones available as long as they 1) are big; 2) come from a seemingly authoritative source; and 3) don't contradict the point the reporter is trying to make.

Wolf Blitzer of CNN, the dullest journalist in the world.

slate.com — Could Wolf Blitzer be any duller than when he anchors The Situation Room for CNN? In a Q&A titled " Reporting tips from Wolf Blitzer" published on the CNN website today as part of the network's iReport project, Blitzer establishes his status as the standard reference unit of journalistic dullness with a series of limp responses to practical questions about his profession.

A press scholar explains how the New York Times op-ed page got started.

slate.com — Upon turning 40 years old last week, the New York Times op-ed page threw an 18-page party for itself in its print edition (Sept. 26) and staged a weeklong-Sept. 20-27-celebration on the Web. As self-lionizing shindigs go, the Times affair was fairly sedate.

Reform journalism school. Or torch it?

slate.com — Correction, appended Oct. 8: Clara Jeffery attended Medill Journalism School , not the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.] In his memoiresque The Wayward Pressman, A.J. Liebling assessed his time as a student at Columbia University's journalism school with a chapter titled "How To Learn Nothing."

Why the press can't get enough of Harvard or Yale murders.

slate.com — If you plan to be murdered and expect decent press coverage, please have the good sense to be a Harvard or Yale student or professor. America's top dailies and the cable networks will rush to the scene of the crime and sniff the vicinity for clues to your demise.

Goldberg gets the pillory for something he didn't say.

slate.com — A great man once wrote-well, actually, I once wrote-that to discuss any aspect of race in this country is to invite an " Al Campanis Moment." For the uninitiated, a Campanis Moment arrives when, by the slip of a tongue or somebody's misinterpretation, a discussion of race ends with the speaker being tossed onto the pillory.

what it means for political journalism.

slate.com — How should we read the defection of political journalists John Harris and Jim VandeHei from the Washington Post to Allbritton Communications, where they'll head a new "multimedia" Web news platform to cover politics? Their site will incorporate the D.C.-based Allbritton's local TV station, its local cable news station, and its forthcoming Capitol Hill newspaper, and they intend to hire a half-dozen well-known reporters.

Sanders bows to the establishment - POLITICO

mattiviikate.newsvine.com — sed to expand funding for Planned Parenthood. | AP Photo POLITICO MAGAZINE ROCHESTER, N.H. - On Friday, Bernie Sanders finally bowed down to the establishment. Three days after getting himself in hot water with several key liberal constituencies by dismissing Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the Human Rights Campaign as " part of the establishment," Sanders gave ground on the point, releasing a statement highlighting the anniversary of Roe v.
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