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A Rate Increase for James Windus

Where is the New York media?

James Windus, a New York City personal trainer, got a nasty letter a few weeks ago from his insurance carrier,... More

Sebelius Watch, Part V

The war of words with insurers continues

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

Another Curious Omission

The Fiscal Times and Social Security

Edmund Andrews, a senior writer for The Fiscal Times, has given us an interesting story about the 800-pound gorilla of... More

Some Curious Omissions

The New Yorker and Social Security

A recent New Yorker piece tells us a lot about the behind-the-scenes politics and ideology driving much of the public... More

Keeping an Eye on Hospital Safety

A Laurel to the Las Vegas Sun

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

Hospital Safety Series

An archive of Trudy Lieberman’s recurring series on hospital safety

Here are the links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman's "Keeping an Eye on Hospital Safety" series, presented in descending... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Ronald Eaker

What Social Security means to real people

Before the year ends, the president’s deficit commission will bring forth a plan for cutting the deficit. While commission co-chairs... More

Alan Simpson Does it Again

This time the press pays attention—sort of

Alan Simpson, the co-chair of the president’s deficit commission, came up with another doozy Monday when he told Ashley Carson,... More

CJR Holds a Missouri Town Hall Meeting

Not many are wild about health reform

Last August I visited the college town of Columbia, Missouri, and did man-on-the street interviews with small business owners, college... More

Those Social Security Code Words Again

The meaning behind the tweaks, privatization, and modest changes

The Hill yesterday set the standard for coverage of the president’s remarks in a Columbus, Ohio, backyard town hall meeting.... More

More Codes in the Social Security War

WaPo unravels one and misses another

The Washington Post, which at times has acted like the head media cheerleader for the president’s deficit commission, appeared to... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Lonnie Judy

What Social Security means to real people

Before the year ends, the president’s fiscal commission will bring forth a plan for cutting the deficit. While commission co-chairs... More

Food Stamps and Health

Let’s not forget the connection between the two

It’s hardly surprising that the nation’s news media haven’t sent forth a flood of stories about how Congress has cut... More

The Medicare Sales Job Moves Along

More media skepticism needed

In his radio message this weekend, the president focused on Medicare, trying as hard as he might to convince skeptical... More

Consumer Advice for Retirement Savings

What was the Times trying to tell us?

“Social Security Jitters? Better Prepare Now,” read the headline of a money story in the New York Times last Saturday.... More

Social Security in the Heartland Archive

A complete archive of Trudy Lieberman’s “Social Security in the Heartland” articles

This is a complete archive of Trudy Lieberman's "Social Security in the Heartland" articles, listed in descending order. 12/22/10: Social... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Jennifer Tayabji

What Social Security means to real people

Before the year ends, the president’s fiscal commission will bring forth a plan for cutting the deficit. While commission co-chairs... More

Hurray for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

For puncturing the secrecy around doctors’ mistakes

It’s not often that editors let their reporters detail the steps they took to report a story, but a wonderfully... More

Sebelius Watch, Part IV

The press falls for the bait

A few days ago, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came forth with one more goodie from the new reform law: the... More

Kudos to The New York Times

For revealing the contradictions in health and financial reform

There’s been way, way too much follow-the-newsmaker reporting in recent weeks, with Obama’s acolytes trailing the procession to the promised... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Lessons from factchecking, and the limits of journalism (Feministing)

“Fact-checking taught me a lot, and here’s one thing I learned: One of the main purposes of fact-checking is to correct journalism’s bias toward a ‘good story’ above all else”

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