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Jack Shafer

Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Nov 14 2014

You can’t build a better Internet out of red tape

If the latest installment in the long-running net neutrality debate has rendered you mentally exhausted, allow me to approach the future-of-the-Internet argument from a less draining direction.

Nov 10 2014

Stop or I’ll write! Why cops shouldn’t fake being reporters.

Whenever police officers masquerade as journalists, they introduce doubt into the public's mind about whether the next person purporting to be a journalist is actually a police officer or the stories in the news are really bait set by police.

Nov 05 2014

One journalist’s vote for divided government

Count the Washington press corps as unintended beneficiaries of last night's slaughter of the Democrats by the Republicans. Now, with the Republicans taking of the Senate in addition to the House, leaving them in control of all congressional committees, we can expect up to twice as many Capitol Hill investigations.

Oct 31 2014

In covering politics, a little speculation ain’t a bad thing

Facts are useful in political journalism, but only as a starting point, because they tend to contradict one another.

Oct 29 2014

Our appetite for fake Ebola stories and other bunk

Fake news and bad satire venues, critics invariably note, prey on the gullible by spreading patently false rumors that spread panic and sometimes do real harm.

Oct 22 2014

Ben Bradlee, the last giant standing

One of the great payoffs of having lived a long life arrives on the day the newspapers publish your obituary. By out-lasting your competitors and foes, the storyline naturally bends your way. Time blurs precise recollection in favor of generous feelings, which we tend to bestow upon most famous survivors, no matter what sort of lives they lived.

Oct 17 2014

GamerGate: We now know what evil lurks in the heart of man – or trolls

Not all murderous bile is created equal. While readers have vowed to kill or otherwise rough me up over the years, I wouldn't equate those generic promises with what other writers -- especially female ones -- say they face routinely on the Web.

Sep 26 2014

All in all, Eric Holder was just another brick in the wall

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. first signaled his exit from office so long ago that every reporter and pundit who covers the Department of Justice has stockpiled enough copy assessing his tenure to fill a mattress.

Sep 24 2014

War without end: The U.S. may still be fighting in Syria in 2024, 2034, 2044 . . .

In a Pentagon briefing yesterday, Army Lieutenant General Bill Mayville called the cruise missiles and bombs flung at targets in Syria "the beginning of a credible and sustainable persistent campaign." How long will the campaign last? "I would think of it in terms of years," Mayville responded.

Sep 18 2014

What do Miley Cyrus, Ricky Gervais and William Shatner have in common? Quitting Twitter.

Almost as much as celebrities love to tweet, they love to quit Twitter. And as much as they love to quit Twitter, they love to return to the social networking service.

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