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Report Card on Social Security Trust Fund Coverage

An F for the headlines; a C- for the stories

This week, Social Security trustees issued their annual report on the program’s financial health. The news was expected: Social Security... More

How the Media Has Shaped the Social Security Debate

The press plays a dubious role

Shortly after the 2010 midterm elections, Washington Post budget correspondent Lori Montgomery reported that, while a debate raged around... More

EXTRA Unpacks the Media’s Medicare Coverage

Are journalists writing for doctors or for patients?

I don’t know Amy Poe, a writer and Medicare consumer based in Little Rock, Arkansas. But I like a piece... More

The War of the Dentists and their Competitors

A shout-out to Kansas Public Radio

Every once in a while an interesting, well-done piece from public radio comes along that makes you think. This week... More

WellPoint Raises Rates Again

And the national press looks the other way

Anthem Blue Cross—a subsidiary of WellPoint, the country’s second largest insurer—and its 39 percent rate increase in California became somewhat... More

The Case of the Disappearing Benefits Statements

A good piece from the Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik deserves a shout-out for his strong piece on how the government is keeping Americans... More

Health Reform and the Supreme Court: Day Three

The press reads the tea leaves

As the Supreme Court ended oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act, addressing whether the law can stand alone without... More

Health Reform and the Supreme Court: Day Two

Press coverage focuses on the individual mandate

There was one near-universal takeaway from Day Two of oral arguments before the Supreme Court: The requirement that almost all... More

Health Reform and the Supreme Court: Day One

Press coverage offers a little something for everyone

Press coverage of the Affordable Care Act’s debut before the Supreme Court yesterday offered a little bit of everything. The... More

Mitt and the Mandate

Whose paternity is it, anyway?

No matter what decision comes from the Supreme Court, which began hearing arguments Monday on the constitutionality of the Affordable... More

Birthday Coverage for the Affordable Care Act

The two faces of health reform

The health reform law celebrates its two-year anniversary tomorrow. There are myriad ways to report on the Affordable Care Act... More

Nine Lives of a Disputed Fact

A Politico op-ed fails the fact-checking test

The other day, Politico published an opinion piece arguing that Americans should be “extremely anxious about the outcome” of the... More

Is Buying Health Insurance Like Shopping on Amazon?

No sirreeee, says WBUR

On Monday, the AP reported that, as part of its health reform efforts, the federal government would require states to... More

Should Health Journos Use Hospital Safety Data?

An interview with Kaiser Health News’s Jordan Rau

In a highly touted effort to improve the quality of hospital care, the federal government has started disclosing data that... More

Rick Santorum’s Math Problem

The press doesn’t fall for his incorrect Obamacare answer

Now really, Rick—every American will get government help after Obamacare takes effect? Surely you jest! Thankfully my press brethren had... More

NPR Rethinks Its Reporting

Will “he said/she said” go away for good?

Last week, NPR released a new ethics document that the blogosphere announced would end the “he said/she said” reporting the... More

More Dot-Connection Needed on ER Story

What we’re learning about hospitals, part two

Kaiser Health News has become very good at reporting on the marketing secrets of the nation’s hospitals. I was intrigued... More

A Medicare Memo to Campaign Reporters

Tailing Mitt on Medicare and Social Security, too

Dear Colleagues: I have just returned from a reporting trip to Southeast Arkansas, where the folks I visited have very... More

What We’re Learning About Hospitals, Part One

A laurel to National Journal

Beware the Affordable Care Act! That was the message of a fine National Journal piece that thoroughly investigated the current... More

Words of Warning on the Payroll Tax

The media ponders the wisdom behind the tax holiday’s extension

Last week, Congress voted to extend the payroll tax holiday through the end of 2012. Social Security supporters have argued... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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