Jack Shafer

Jack Shafer was Slate's editor at large. You can follow him on Twitter or email him at Shafer.Reuters@gmail.com.

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Aug. 19 2011 5:47 PMPrint vs. OnlineThe ways in which old-fashioned newspapers still trump online newspapers.
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Aug. 17 2011 4:11 PMWolf Blitzer, Null SetThe CNN anchor remains the standard reference unit of dullness.
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Aug. 10 2011 6:20 PMBloggers, Not Parasites An academic finds local public-affairs bloggers who pull their weight, thank you very much.
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July 20 2011 6:32 PMMurdoch's EnemiesThe wrong and the right reasons for hating the media mogul.
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July 15 2011 4:55 PMRelease the Lachlan!And the Elisabeth! How Murdoch will get out of this jam.
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July 11 2011 6:12 PMMurdoch To Buy the Daily ProphetThe dark lord of media has his eyes on a magical property.
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July 7 2011 5:43 PMMurdoch Pulls the Ultimate "Reverse Ferret"The real meaning of the News of the World closure.
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July 5 2011 7:15 PMRupert Murdoch Meets His AhabNick Davies and the Guardian spear the media mogul.
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June 29 2011 6:20 PMHyperloco, Part 2More about Patch and the other hyperlocal news sites.
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June 27 2011 6:18 PMAl Gore, Press CriticA washed-up politician finds a new venue for his ideas.
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June 24 2011 6:33 PMHow Anonymous Sources Are Like Whitey BulgerYou can never be sure they're telling you the truth.
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June 17 2011 6:58 PMThe Dope on Synthetic PotBloomberg BusinessWeek files a dandy drug-capitalism story.
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June 15 2011 6:56 PMOutrageous! Unethical! Sometimes Criminal!Can anyone—or anything—stop the British tabloids from misbehaving?
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June 13 2011 6:42 PMThe $15,000 InterviewSo what if NBC News and other outlets pay their sources? There are journalistic problems with unpaid sources, too.
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June 6 2011 7:15 PMAnthony Weiner's Semantic SatiationThe sexting doesn't bother me. The copious apologies on top of the pile of lies do.
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Aug. 18 2011 5:04 PMAn Assignment for the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page About that phone-hacking scandal …
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Aug. 16 2011 6:53 PMMurdoch's Metastasizing MigraineNew phone-hacking-scandal evidence surfaces.
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Aug. 9 2011 6:12 PMTina Brown, Cover GirlMichele Bachmann is the target, but it's Newsweek's editor who gets wounded.
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July 19 2011 6:12 PMWho Framed the Murdochs?Rupert Murdoch and James Murdoch pretend they're the victims of unscrupulous employees.
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July 13 2011 6:26 PMThe Huffington Post ChallengeThe legacy media continue to ignore the lesson the aggregation giant is teaching.
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July 8 2011 7:05 PMRupert Murdoch, Paper TigerThe phone-hacking scandal undoes the media mogul.
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July 6 2011 7:20 PMRupert Murdoch, Film Noir VillainAnd Nick Davies as the hard-boiled hero in The Big Phone Hacker.
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July 1 2011 6:26 PMBeck OffRupert Murdoch and Fox News mark the depths to which even they will no longer descend.
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June 28 2011 6:42 PMHyperlocoWhy I find AOL's Patch sites so off-putting.
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June 27 2011 10:39 AMWhy Newspapers Have Gone to HellNo, the answer cannot be found in the reductionist explanation by experienced newsman James O'Shea.
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June 23 2011 10:50 AMWho Is Jose Antonio Vargas?A prominent journalist comes out as an illegal immigrant, raising additional questions about his real identity.
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June 16 2011 7:01 PMWho I Follow on Twitter and WhyAnd who I don't follow on Twitter and why.
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June 14 2011 6:53 PMHow To Be a Lesbian BloggerTom MacMaster and Bill Graber show the way.
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June 7 2011 6:19 PM"I Would Have Loved To Piss on Your Shoes," Part 2More F.U. gestures directed at bosses by journalists who were fired or resigned.
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June 6 2011 6:57 AM"I Would Have Loved To Piss on Your Shoes"What Mark Schlueb and other fired or resigned journalists wrote to their bosses on the way out.




Scalia’s Liberal Streak

The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.

Colorado Is Ground Zero for the Fight Over Female Voters

There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B


Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey

No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Cliff Huxtable Explains the World: Five Lessons From TV’s Greatest Dad

Why Television Needs a New Cosby Show Right Now

  News & Politics
Sept. 18 2014 8:20 PM A Clever Attempt at Explaining Away a Vote Against the Farm Bill
Sept. 18 2014 6:02 PM A Chinese Company Just Announced the Biggest IPO in U.S. History
The Slate Quiz
Sept. 18 2014 11:44 PM Play the Slate News Quiz With Jeopardy! superchampion Ken Jennings.
  Double X
Sept. 18 2014 8:07 PM Crying Rape False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 18 2014 1:23 PM “It’s Not Every Day That You Can Beat the World Champion” An exclusive interview with chess grandmaster Fabiano Caruana.
Brow Beat
Sept. 18 2014 4:33 PM The Top 5 Dadsplaining Moments From The Cosby Show
Future Tense
Sept. 18 2014 6:48 PM By 2100 the World's Population Could Be 11 Billion
  Health & Science
Sept. 18 2014 3:35 PM Do People Still Die of Rabies? And how do you know if an animal is rabid?
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.