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Another Take on NPR’s “Liberal Bias”

Its reporting on Social Security is anything but

It was easy to understand why a story yesterday on NPR’s All Things Considered appeared to favor the Republican position... More

Disaster in Japan

And thoughts on its national health system

Images of the devastation in northeastern Japan reminded me of the time I rode the Shinkansen—the bullet train that raced... More

Keeping an Eye on Hospital Safety, Part II

A shout-out to the Columbia Tribune

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

Romney on the Stump

Health care’s not my baby, he says

Mitt Romney has come out swinging against the health care plan he helped create, tackling the issue head on during... More

The Doctors vs. the Lawyers

Whose side is the Times on?

The New York Times came forth last week with an intriguing political story—but a puzzling piece of journalism. The story... More

A Big Omission at NBC

Whatever happened to Social Security?

NBC Nightly News took on retirement income the other day and found most Americans’s savings will come up short. The... More

The Return of Socialized Medicine

Mike Huckabee resurrects the bogeyman

Mike Huckabee, presumed presidential aspirant, is preaching the gospel of socialized medicine by attacking the Massachusetts reform law, of all... More

“Tweaking” Health Reform

Who pays the price for the changes?

Lost in MSM coverage of the president’s budget and hype over a government shutdown has been reportage about the various... More

Pinning Down the Pols

NPR misses again on Social Security story

A few days ago, NPR’s Morning Edition brought together Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican, and Sen. Mark Warner, a... More

The Budget Narrative

The press goes astray on Social Security

For most of last year and so far into this one, the media has passed along the narrative that Social... More

Minnesota Public Radio Takes on Pawlenty

It was good to see Minnesota Public Radio get an early start truth squading an emerging candidate for the GOP... More

The Many Hats of Jonathan Gruber

Dissecting a health care expert’s words

Campaign Desk has written about Jonathan Gruber many times—his role in building Obamacare; his television appearances touting the Massachusetts model;... More

Peter G. Peterson Goes to School

A laurel to Remapping Debate

Remapping Debate, the young website that is analyzing public affairs and bringing fresh approaches into the national conversation, deserves a... More

Selling Health Reform the Obama Way

Beware the “slob-lock”

It’s tough to sell the virtues of health reform what with all those Republicans and Tea Partiers aghast at what... More

Nice Work at the AP

The administration stretches a health reform stat

It’s no secret the president and his surrogates are trying mightily to keep their sales job for health reform on... More

The Cost of Living, Part IV

Digital mammograms in the medical marketplace

Containing the runaway costs of medical care is perhaps the thorniest of health care issues. Despite the rhetoric about getting... More

The Return of Alan Simpson

Parsing his latest thoughts on Social Security

Alan Simpson, the co-chair of President Obama’s now-defunct deficit commission, showed up on Fox News the other day to talk... More

SOTU Vague on Health Care

Plenty of reading to do between the lines

The president’s remarks about health care last night were, well, short and to the point, and that’s pretty much what... More

Andrea Mitchell Crosses the Line

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell was bummed out yesterday on her show, Andrea Mitchell Reports, when Melody Barnes, director of the White... More

A Shout Out to David Gregory

For pinning down Eric Cantor on Meet the Press

David Gregory’s Meet the Press interview Sunday with new House Majority Leader Eric Cantor should be required reading in every... 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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