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Fast-tracking the truth in IPAB coverage

How to cover a key ACA provision without making misinformation worse

One of the most underrated political stories of the next year is the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (also... More

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If you were John Boehner, you’d cry too

Why journalists should put the struggles of the House speaker in a larger context

On Thursday, John Boehner survived some conservative defections to narrowly win re-election as Speaker of the House, prompting a predictable... More

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Beware Green Lantern thinking in gun policy coverage

The president isn’t as powerful as you think

In a riff inspired by the blogger Matthew Yglesias a few years ago, I proposed what I called the Green... More

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Addressing the asymmetry question

Factchecking is the wrong format

Factchecking made great strides during the 2012 campaign, but were those advances compromised by the pressure to maintain partisan balance?... More

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Cracking open Congress

We need better insider reporting about the “fiscal cliff”

We've just finished an election in which quantitative analysis provided far more accurate predictions than pundits and reporters, who frequently... More

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The future of factchecking

Here’s what journalists should learn from the 2012 campaign

As journalists close the books on 2012 and look forward to coverage of a second Obama administration, one important question... More

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Predictable in retrospect

The dangers of hindsight bias in election postmortems

The media has undergone a strange change of mindset. Immediately before last Tuesday's election, many reporters and commentators ignored or... More

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How to cover the presidential results

A guide for journalists on election fundamentals and campaign effects

One of the most fascinating parts of the aftermath of an election is the construction of post-hoc narratives to "explain"... More

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Pundits versus probabilities

The misguided backlash against Nate Silver

Who will win the presidential election next Tuesday? Until recently, the market for analysis of questions like these has been... More

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The momentum behind a misleading narrative

Why reporters have been getting the polls wrong in the presidential race

On Thursday night, Politico beat a retreat in the great momentum debate of 2012. The site's Glenn Thrush and Jennifer... More

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All good debate coverage is local?

Failings of the national press not mirrored in NH

NEW HAMPSHIRE — If you cover politics for a national publication, the story of the debates so far has been... More

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Enabling the jobs report conspiracy theory

The consequences of careless coverage of Friday’s unemployment numbers

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Media ethics pop quiz: When conspiracy theories started circulating on Twitter claiming that Friday's jobs report had... More

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Breaking the pack journalism paradigm

What would happen if reporters covered debates without access to the spin?

NEW HAMPSHIRE — As tonight's presidential debate approaches, the chattering classes are pondering whether it will change the dynamics of... More

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Will Obama really ‘break the fever’?

Why more journalists should question the President’s second-term claims

With the media focused on the horse race (and Mitt Romney's ongoing tactical miscues), the claims by President Obama and... More

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Jumping the gun on the Romney ‘47%’ video

In early coverage, reporters overstated the meaning and impact of Romney’s comments—and left out out key context

NEW HAMPSHIRE — Yesterday, Mother Jones released a secretly-recorded video of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney making the following comments... More

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When factcheckers get trigger-happy

A checklist to help journalists decide when to take aim

Is there such a thing as too much factchecking? Factcheck.org described former President Bill Clinton's speech to the Democratic convention... More

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Ignored factchecks and the media’s crisis of confidence

Whatever campaigns may do, aggressive truth-telling is the right approach for reporters

Can the media stop politicians from misleading the public? That's the question on the minds of many journalists and commentators... More

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Conventions: A great learning opportunity for voters

Why the debate over a lack of news misses the point

Every four years, the two presidential candidates do battle in a series of high-stakes televised events that could shape the... More

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Another factchecking fiasco

Journalistic failure in coverage of Harry Reid and his mysterious source

A week ago, The Huffington Post's Sam Stein and Ryan Grim published an article repeating Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's... More

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The Gore-ing of Mitt Romney

Poisonous cycle of gotcha coverage and access restrictions recalls an earlier campaign

The profane confrontation between one of Mitt Romney’s press aides and reporters at the end of the presumptive GOP nominee’s... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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