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Health Care Red Meat from Politico

Business writers, take note

One of the most illuminating health care stories to come along in the last couple weeks was Politico’s take on... More

Death Panels Make a Comeback

And pose some larger questions for the press

Well, what do you know? The Obama administration has resurrected the topic of death panels—or, as one Pennsylvania man called... More

Memo to Robert Samuelson

A few more facts on Medicare, please

Dear Robert: I read a Washington Post column of yours just after Christmas—the one about the fairness dilemma and how... More

The Lowdown on High-Risk Pools

A harbinger of things to come?

It was good to see Amy Goldstein’s fine piece on high-risk insurance pools in The Washington Post. It’s an example... More

Best of 2010: Trudy Lieberman

Lieberman picks her top stories from 2010

Social Security in the Heartland series: All year the media ignored how “fixes” to Social Security pushed by political elites... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Nick Quealy-Gainer

What Social Security means to real people

This is the ninth and final installment in a series of posts that discusses how possible changes in Social Security... More

Social Security in Perspective, Part III

A conversation with William Greider

Proposals to change the Social Security system have taken shape, and could foreshadow long-lasting effects on the program. Many of... More

Social Security Under Attack

What the press had to say

When the president signed the tax bill Friday, a year’s worth of efforts aimed at modifying Social Security came to... More

What We Should Have Known All Along about Health Reform

Much handwringing about health care what-ifs

This week’s coverage of the Virginia court decision declaring health reform’s individual mandate unconstitutional was surprisingly thorough and contextual. What... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Jim Dobbs

What Social Security means to real people

This is the eighth in a series of posts that discuss how possible changes in Social Security will affect the... More

Other Views of Social Security

The MSM gives some equal time

Campaign Desk has been hard of late on some MSM outlets that have presented lopsided views of the Social Security... More

Frank Luntz Rides Again

The wordsmith and the public option

Word came Thursday that, last year, Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon had directed his staff to avoid using... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Jude Love

What Social Security means to real people

This is the seventh in a series of posts that discuss how possible changes in Social Security will affect the... More

USA Today’s Mixed-Up Message

What exactly did the deficit commission do?

On Friday, USA Today reported that the president’s fiscal commission “approved a plan today to cut federal deficits by $3.9... More

NPR Plays Ebenezer Scrooge

Another lopsided Social Security story

It was really hard to tell whether NPR’s Morning Edition segment yesterday—part of the program’s “Ghosts of Debts Past, Present... More

CBS Fumbles Again

A lopsided report on Social Security

If there were prizes given for the most one-sided, misleading story about Social Security this year, a segment aired on... More

A Curious Omission at the Times

Three Social Security proposals, or two?

It was puzzling to see Jackie Calmes’s brief story in The New York Times last week with its provocative headline:... More

Enterprise Reporting at the AP

The retirement age debate finally reaches the public

Kudos to the AP for obtaining a report from the government’s watchdog agency, the General Accountability Office (GAO), showing that... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Jim Bean

What Social Security means to real people

This is the sixth in a series of posts that discuss how possible changes in Social Security will affect the... More

The Education of Congressman-Elect Andy Harris

What does he know about health insurance?

Politico published a rather astonishing story yesterday that should make the constituents of Maryland’s first congressional district scratch their heads... 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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