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A Tip of the Hat to The Oregonian

For finding health reform’s forgotten people

We often thought nobody was paying attention when, during the health reform debate, we urged the press to investigate the... More

Welfare, Entitlements, and Sharron Angle

What sayeth she now?

It’s fair to say that Sharron Angle is controversial. She’s the former Nevada state legislator who is running against Harry... More

The Docs and the Press

What a little help from their friends will do

Well, what do you know? Congress may finally be giving the doctors what they want—sort of. As Campaign Desk has... More

More Words of Wisdom from Alan Simpson

Just who are the “lesser people” he had in mind?

Alan Simpson is quickly taking on the persona of the Energizer bunny—his mouth just doesn’t stop. We know about seniors... More

A Laurel to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

For keeping the spotlight on the doctors’ shenanigans

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter John Fauber deserves kudos for his dogged reporting on some unsavory practices in the medical profession.... More

Are All Americans Living Longer?

CNBC didn’t ask the right questions

A few days ago, CNBC’s Squawk Box turned its show over to a gab-fest between two VIPs in the Social... More

Of Death Panels and Rationing

Don Berwick’s messy confirmation

For awhile it looked like Don Berwick was the perfect candidate to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services... More

Sebelius Watch, Part III

Schizophrenia over Medicare Advantage plans

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has emerged as the person to watch as the Obama administration scrambles to... More

The Small Business Angle, Part II

The Boston Globe discovers the fine print

One of the best stories I’ve seen in the post-health reform media era comes from the Boston Globe. Health reporter... More

The Small Business Angle

A gutsy health reform piece from Colorado Public Radio

Eric Whitney, Colorado Public Radio’s health reporter, did a good job recently on a story that more and more in... More

A Conversation with KQED’s Sarah Varney

How do you keep a story fresh?

Now that the great health care reform effort is over—or just beginning, depending on your point of view—the media face... More

Another Take on the Times’s Memphis Piece

And the Social Security connection

The New York Times’s excellent piece Sunday—already praised by our Holly Yeager—ended with an unsettling conclusion: Blacks in Memphis are... More

What Congress Giveth, It Also Taketh Away

Farewell, COBRA extensions?

Much of the health news coverage of late has tracked the topics that administration officials, notably HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius,... More

Secrecy at the Deficit Commission

Note to the media: It’s past time for a little sunshine here

The President’s Deficit Commission held an end-of-the month meeting yesterday, and among the attendees was a woman representing the disability... More

William Greider on Social Security

A superb take on Obama’s deficit commission

William Greider, writing in The Nation, didn’t mince words when it came to explaining what’s at stake in the looming... More

Good Coverage at USA Today

Some smart takes on problems with health and financial reform

The other day, on a plane from Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong, a flight attendant thrust a copy... More

Everyone Knows the Troubles They’ve Seen

The press pays attention to WellPoint

If any group can claim responsibility for breaking the logjam on health reform, you might say it was WellPoint. Just... More

More Words of Wisdom from Alan Simpson

Geezers vs. Gen X-ers vs. millenials, etc, etc.

Former Sen. Alan Simpson’s interview on Fox Sunday was a doozy. His usual outspoken, outrageous, colorful self shined through, perhaps... More

Rick Foster’s Predictions

No bending of the cost curve in his crystal ball

Richard Foster, as good an actuary as you can find, delivered the Obama folks a bit of bad news last... More

Sebelius Watch, Part II

Will Madame Secretary rule with moral suasion?

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has emerged as the person to watch as the Obama administration scrambles to... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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