Lies and politics go hand in hand and they're the bane of political journalists' lives. But was Malcolm Turnbull's lie about Labor politicians wanting him in the ALP calculating or just delusional? asks Chris Wallace.
Between Birthers and town hall hellraisers yelling about "death panels", America's media watchdogs find it hard to get their voices heard over the mountain of myths and misconceptions permeating the country's political thinking.
As the O.J. Simpson murder trial captured headlines around the world, San Francisco Examiner editor Phil Bronstein had a brainwave: commission famed gonzo journo Hunter S. Thompson to cover the beat. But as is increasingly the case for media outlets, his ideas were bigger than his wallet.
As Detroit collapses, it is being descended on by a plague of journalists, all looking to write a lazy feature and shoot some "ruin porn". Locals are starting to tire of their town being treated like an exhibit.
It's a classic lazy page-padding tactic of the press: find a few interesting but isolated anecdotes, and declare them a "trend". Jack Shafer tackles the latest media-fabricated fashions, including "potbellies are back" and "coffee shops are banning laptops".