The Press Exists to Hold Power in Check

The Times does a great job of explaining that Comey is a careful note-taker and even that FBI officer’s notes are used as evidence in trials. However, I really hope we see the proof soon.

Analysis: Trump, Self-Centered, Chaos-in-Chief

When the news turns bad, this president turns to chaos. Chaos is his coping mechanism. We all have ways that we defend ourselves in mentally difficult situations; his is chaos. He throws people off-kilter when he is feeling that way himself.

Reuters Shifts Away from “Access”

What he is describing here in my opinion is just good journalism. An editor could write this about any government; hell, he could write it about his own office.

Good Lord, What Are We Coming To?

But it’s a fact that the editors there (including the editors of the renown OED, the arbiter of definitions and etymologies of the English speaking world) named the hyphenated word, “post-truth,” the word-of-the-year, though according to its very definition, we don’t have to believe it.

Lies, Lies, Lies!

Great piece in the Chronicle of Higher Ed today about the idea that journos hate “lie,” the “l-word” journalism prof and book author Ben Yagoda says. Although it’s fun to bash Donald Trump (“[Hilary’s been] fighting ISIS [her] entire adult life!” Really? Is she 25 years old?), Yagoda puts together the two elements that give…

Top-Level Journos Covering Trump/Clinton

A major U.S. political party tearing itself apart? U.S. Senators unwilling to back their own presidential nominee? A party convention in turmoil? People wondering if the party would survive? Yes, Bob Schieffer has heard it all. In 1968. In Chicago. To the Democrats.