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The Botox Beat

Using the press to fight a proposed tax on cosmetic surgery

First came the medical device makers and now the plastic surgeons. Both groups have a problem. You see, Congress wants... More

What’s So Public about a Public Plan?

The language says it all

Word comes from Politico that maybe—just maybe—the Senate is nearing a deal on the public option. You remember—that larger-than-life legislative... More

The Most Underreported Health Reform Story

And the senator from Nebraska

Friday night the Senate gave grudging support to a provision in its health reform bill—the so-called CLASS Act, short for... More

The Headlines Tell Us Everything

The Congressional Budget Office weighs in on premiums

The release of the Congressional Budget Office’s report this week predicting how health reform might affect insurance premiums dished up... More

Yes, Virginia, There Really Are Cost Controls

What miracle will bring down the price of medical care?

At this point in the health reform debate, press coverage is beginning to sound a lot like 1993-94, when the... More

The Man in the Middle

What Jeremy Devor’s story tells us about health reform

Meet Jeremy Devor, a technician with an associate degree in engineering, who lives in Salem, Illinois, a town of about... More

Missing Persons Redux

Insuring those at the very bottom

Last Monday night, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer devoted air time to an exchange between two former secretaries of Health... More

The Devil in the Details, Part III

Is this really insurance reform?

Every lobbyist swarming Capitol Hill these days knows that, when it comes to legislation, the devil is always lurking in... More

Ron Wyden Speaks Out

Straight talk on affordability from Oregon’s senior senator

On Friday, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden got the Senate health care duo, Max Baucus and Harry Reid, to agree that... More

Laurel to the Missoulian

For telling the human story of health reform

Last Sunday, the Missoulian in Missoula, Montana did what Campaign Desk has been urging papers to do--it showed how its... More

Missing Persons

How will reform affect ordinary folks?

Come on now. We’ve heard enough about the political horserace of health reform—way too much of Nancy, Max, and Olympia.... More

Do Doctors Always Tell the Truth?

No, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Kudos to the Journal Sentinel and reporter John Fauber for digging up the difference between fact and fiction when it... More

Infant Mortality, Abortion, and WellPoint’s Tonik Policy

It’s dot-connection time for the media

First, there was last week’s news that the U.S. ranks thirtieth in the world when it comes to infant mortality.... More

The Doctors and the Disabled

Have the doctors won on fee cuts?

The American Medical Association was positively gleeful after the House bill passed, quickly issuing a statement on its Web site... More

The Disabled and the Doctors

People with disabilities will still have to wait for Medicare

As members of Congress ticked off for the home crowds the general achievements of their narrowly passed bill Saturday, and... More

The Price of Medical Services

Is the conversation finally starting?

By now, most of the health care cognoscenti realize that we have not had a robust discussion of medical costs.... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part IX

What does the public say?

Three years ago, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a far-reaching health reform law that politicians and the media hailed as... More

The Devil in the Details, Part II

Who can afford health insurance after reform?

Every lobbyist swarming Capitol Hill these days knows that, when it comes to legislation, the devil is always lurking in... More

The Times Misses the Mark

A health care lobbyist puff piece that goes nowhere

What could The New York Times have been thinking when it fronted a piece the other day serving up some... More

Dr. Coca-Cola on Call

The king of Coke teams up with the family docs

One thing you have to say about the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is that it is... 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


A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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

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