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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

A Medicare Miss at the LA Times

Some fact-checking, please

Medicare is a bear to write about. It’s tough for beneficiaries to understand, and unclear news stories only serve to... More

Good and Bad from the NewsHour

Woodruff and Ifill begin to push the politicians—sort of

The NewsHour presented an interesting program the other night and the program’s customary balance format actually produced some illuminating journalism.... More

Joe Lieberman and his Medicare Gift

The press needs to untie the bow—and quickly

Leave it to Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman to speed along the process of making seniors on Medicare pay more for... More

Keeping an Eye on Patient Safety, Part III

What we can learn from the Brits

Slowly the public is coming to realize that hospitals are not always safe places. Since the Institute of Medicine published... More

An Interview with Don Barlett

What journo newbies (and the rest of us) can learn from an old master

After writing nearly 500 posts over the last few years on health care, Medicare, and Social Security, I have observed... More

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination

Gawker’s so-far successful experiment in making office chats public - Are group chat rooms a waste of time or essential to running a modern newsroom?

A new course in video games journalism - As an art form grows up, can the critics keep pace?

On the NSA, a White House credibility problem - The AP report on the destruction of The Guardian’s hard drives is just the latest evidence that reporters can’t trust the Obama administration on spying claims

Long all-volunteer, Guernica Mag looks toward paying its contributors - The 10-year-old online mag hired its first full-time employee and is launching a second Kickstarter


In the digital sphere, ‘magazine’ = money (Digiday)

“A single page in a glossy magazine could be discounted by more than half its open rate and still get an effective CPM of about $70. Online display ad CPMs average under $3”

9 decades of The New Yorker (New Yorker)

With the relaunch comes the archive

I don’t care if you like it (TNR)

“[I]n this country, every barometer by which female worth is measured—from the superficial to the life-altering, the appreciative to the punitive—has long been calibrated to ‘dude,’ whether or not those measurements are actually being taken by dudes”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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