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Perry Misleads on RomneyCare

Socialized medicine, really?

It's becoming clear that Rick Perry has never met a buzzword he doesn’t like. We’ve heard that Social Security is... More

Deep Health Care Problems under Rick Perry’s Watch

Deep in the heart of Texas

With the media hyper-focused on Texas governor Rick Perry’s not-too-flattering comments about Social Security, health care in his state seems... More

Forget That Ponzi Scheme Stuff

It’s the tax holiday, stupid

At the end of August, Nebraska senator Ben Nelson, a Democrat up for reelection next year, told members of the... More

Poking Holes in the Massachusetts Mantra

The part of the story that the Times didn’t tell

Sunday’s New York Times piece comparing the records of GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Jon Huntsman on... More

Rate Regulation Blow-up in California

WellPoint and co. win again

The big news in health reform last week was the insurance industry’s victory in the California legislature, which scotched any... More

Golden Teeth

Dallas’s WFAA shows crooked Medicaid spending on orthodontia

These days it’s rare for local TV stations to produce anything resembling an expose. With their steady diet of crime,... More

The Facts Ma’am—Just the Facts

Rick Perry dodges Social Security questions, while CNBC explains

Rick Perry zipped into Ottumwa, Iowa Saturday with a message about Social Security. Along with the usual jabs at the... More

Revisiting the Man in the Middle

Health reform won’t help him

As the Great Health Care Debate wound down, we visited Jeremy Devor, an engineering assistant in Salem, Illinois, a town... More

CJR Holds a Town Hall in Missouri

Do the pols represent the voters?

As Barack Obama’s bus cruised through the heartland last week, the media told us a fair amount about what the... More

The Back Story on Medicare’s Wild Spending

The narrative unfolds, bit by bit

It’s no secret Medicare spending is on a wild ride northward. The politicians--Dems and Republicans alike--tell us that every day.... More

Romney and His Corporate Man

A frivolous take from NPR

It’s hard to say what was the point of NPR’s coverage of Mitt Romney’s visit to the Iowa State Fair.... More

A Hospital Story Not to Write

Doing the digging for real news

My Association of Health Care Journalists colleague Charlie Ornstein likes to say that stories about hospital ribbon-cuttings, wings named for... More

Is Tim Pawlenty For Real?

The StarTribune suggests maybe he isn’t

The Minneapolis StarTribune’s piece on presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty is the kind of story voters can expect to see at... More

Playing It Safe the McCaskill Way

David Gregory’s lame interview

I guess it’s too much to hope that the Sunday morning news shows could ever rise above the typical blather... More

The Deficit Deal Defined

Is Medicare really safe?

Presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett chatted with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC yesterday as part of a sales job for the deficit... More

Paul Krugman on Journalistic Balance

The missing voices

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman addressed the cult of balance in the debt debate Friday when he wrote: News... More

Grandparent of the Chained CPI

Some stories never die

Sarah Cohen, a professor at the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke, and a one-time reporter for... More

Covering the Chained CPI

Let me count the ways it can be done

There are five ways to cover the Chained CPI, a proposed new method for determining the cost-of-living (COLA) adjustments that... More

Social Security Cuts and the CLASS Act

Language, language, language

If the MSM is to be believed, soon we will know what cuts Congress has in mind for Social Security,... More

A Shout Out to The Palm Beach Post

A rare glimpse into the ways of for-profit health care

The Palm Beach Post deserves kudos for exposing how Florida governor Rick Scott conducted the business of his urgent care... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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