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Another Read on Health Care Politics

Do voters want better care—but only for themselves?

As the attempt to suss out the meaning of the Massachusetts Senate election continues, Alec MacGillis weighs in today with... More

Yes, But Are They on Twitter?

The front page of today’s New York Times features an Alissa Rubin piece about how Taliban leaders are responding to... More

The Post Responds to TNR

Today in media world gossip: Donald Graham, chairman of The Washington Post Company, responds to The New Republic’s recent critical... More

Another Take on the Health Care Debate

As the debate over the roots of Democratic woes continues, David Brady, Daniel Kessler, and Douglas Rivers take to the... More

Obama Interprets the Election

Earlier this afternoon, I flagged the divergent analyses of the Massachusetts Senate election offered by John Judis and John Sides.... More

More on the Meaning of Mass.

My Campaign Desk column today about why we shouldn’t lend too much credence to those analysis pieces about the meaning... More

Mixed Messages in Massachusetts

Still looking for meaning in the Brown-Coakley results

Now that the counting’s over in Massachusetts and the crying’s begun for Democrats, with a conservative Republican poised to take... More

Obama the Essayist

The president’s Newsweek piece didn’t deliver much for readers

In a brief note at the end of his column last Friday, Slate’s Jack Shafer asked why Barack Obama would... More

Pre-game Prognostications

The press looks for meaning in the Massachusetts Senate race

There are few things political journalists enjoy more than playing up a big event, pontificating on its meaning, and speculating... More

‘The Most Inaccessible Story I Have Ever Covered’

At The Huffington Post, Danny Shea writes up an interview with Bill Hemmer, who arrived in Port-au-Prince yesterday to cover... More

More From the Journal on Dodd and Reform

Last week, as various press outlets tried to gauge the meaning of Chris Dodd’s upcoming retirement for financial regulatory reform,... More

One-Way, Wrong Way

The underwear bomber didn’t actually buy a one-way ticket

Earlier this week, Justin Elliott had a great piece at TPM Muckraker exploring how the notion that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab,... More

Haiti’s Recent History

Was Haiti making gains before the quake hit?

The popular image of Haiti can be summed up pretty succinctly: impoverished, unstable, dangerous. Against that familiar backdrop, Tuesday’s devastating... More

The Haitian News Vacuum

One of the striking things about the news out of Haiti in the wake of yesterday’s devastating earthquake is that…... More

Reid Aloud

Reid’s comments weren’t really like Lott’s. Journalists shouldn’t let people pretend that they were

When a political dispute breaks out, should reporters simply “report the controversy,” or instead attempt to referee and resolve it?... More

An Odd Angle on Reid’s Troubles

The outdated word that's gotten the Senate major leader in such trouble will be appearing on the 2010 Census form.... More

Reform, or “Reform”?

Mixed results as press tries to gauge meaning of Dodd’s retirement

This story has been updated. See note at conclusion. The upcoming retirement of Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), and what it... More

What’s So Funny?

A little less levity could be good for Dana Milbank

This week’s media news included the tidbit that The Washington Post's Dana Milbank, who’s been poking fun at D.C.’s political... More

Salmon on Why the NYT is Boring—and Why That’s OK

At his Reuters blog, Felix Salmon agrees with "pretty much everything" in that Michael Kinsley column I wrote about yesterday,... More

Is Shorter Really Better?

Why all those quotes in newspaper stories are a good thing

Michael Kinsley gets in some good shots against easy targets in his new Atlantic piece arguing that newspaper articles are... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

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