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The Zero-Character Twitter Presidency

Donald J. Trump, America’s tweeter-in-chief, speaks in 140-character bursts. He also, to all appearances, thinks in 140-character bursts. But he acts with absolutely no character at all. Just consider one hour in the Twitter life of the man who purports … Continue reading

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New York Times Editing Slashback: You Reap What You ‘Sew’

As CNN’s Brian Stelter noted yesterday, “fascinating public editor column by Liz Spayd, all about the NYT editing processes.” Readying The Times for Editing 3.0 THE NEW YORK TIMES has a reputation for impeccable editing. Not just because it can … Continue reading

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New York Times Eager to Crowdsource Editorial Content

Just as with the search for local weather watchers (“Thanks Betsy from Medford for that beautiful sunset picture!”) or cable news network iReporters  (“check out this photo of the aftermath of the snowstorm in #Portland #Oregon”), the New York Times is now trolling (as … Continue reading

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When a Nation Forgets Its Own Clichés (‘Drudge Up’ Edition)

From our That’s Just Sad desk Every now and again the headscratching staff chronicles the mangled phrases of the differently clichéd among us and, man, they are legion. So here’s another roll call, dating back 12 months. • Last August, … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging Round Two of the GOP Presidential Rumpus

In the interest of full disclosure, the dustupping staff should mention that we lost interest in last night’s CNN Republican Presidential Debate around the time Ben Carson spoke about hizzzzzz . . . Whatever. Regardless, here’s some dotsam and netsam … Continue reading

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Jeb Bush Super PAC Depicts Jeb Bush As Cipher

From our Whiskey Tango Foxtrot desk The Bush-Industrial Complex has finally decided to spend some of its hundred-something millions to kick-start the Frère Apparent’s presidential campaign. From CNN: Jeb Bush super PAC drops $24 million on ads Let the air … Continue reading

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Carly to NYT: Drop Dead

It all started when the New York Times’s Mr. Dealbook, Andrew Ross Sorkin, wrote this knee-buckling takedown last week of Carly Fiorina’s tenure at Hewlett-Packard. Representative sample: [I]t is curious to those of us who have reported on her business career that there … Continue reading

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Tip o’ the Pinhead to Zippy (Talking Statues Edition)

Bill Griffith’s Zippy the Pinhead is the strip comics-lovers love not to understand. But yesterday’s installment didn’t tax the brain too much.     We officially dub him Zippy the Eighth. Special bonus: That asterisk in the second panel leads to … Continue reading

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When a Nation Forgets Its Own Clichés . . .

. . . well, that’s just sad. The hardnoting staff has a habit of recording mangled phrases in the press, and here’s our latest batch. • From Boston Magazine last July, about the 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial race: “[Martha Coakley’s] apparent reversal … Continue reading

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WTF: JCPenny Into Bullying, Sears Into Bondage?

From our Whiskey Tango Foxtrot desk MediaBistro had some interesting retail tales on Thursday. Start with this one (via Consumerist): Does This JCPenney Ad Promote Bullying Or Just Reality? After complaints from parents, JCPenney has pulled a controversial commercial from … Continue reading

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