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Laurel to T.R. Reid

For extraordinary clarity in explaining foreign health systems

As I have posted many times on Campaign Desk, the media, for the most part, has hardly touched how health... More

Ted Kennedy’s Health Care Legacy

Reporting on the lion

I met Sen. Ted Kennedy only once. He showed up one winter night at the home of former Labor Secretary... More

Was a Public Plan Ever Really in the Cards?

Did Sebelius speak the truth?

The media should have seen it coming. Last week, on CNN, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said a... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part XIV

Those clever drug companies

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

Excluded Voices

An interview with British health official Andrew Dillon

This past year’s health discussion has been remarkable for the narrow range of ideas and opinions that have floated down... More

Reality Check for the White House

Axelrod’s e-mail raises more questions

Last Thursday, in an attempt to counter the health reform misinformation being propagated by President Obama’s ideological opponents, presidential adviser... More

Straight Talk, Part I

The end-of-life myth and the real long-term care stories to be told

With charges, countercharges, information, disinformation, flat-out lies, and half truths being disseminated on all sides of the health reform debates,... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part XIII

United Healthcare has a mighty big seat

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

Health Reform and Obama’s Consumer Protections

Good for consumers, or good for insurers?

Last Wednesday, The Washington Post told us the obvious: that “the fight over health-care legislation is saturating the summer airwaves,... More

Straight Talk Archive

Links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s series

Below, you will find links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s “Straight Talk” series, in descending order. 08/13/09: Straight Talk,... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part V

Finding affordable health insurance

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

Health Care Homework for the LA Times

How does the Canadian medical system actually work?

By now, it’s pretty clear that the U.S. is not going to adopt health reform that in any way resembles... More

Detailing the Details

A few bright spots in the media’s health reform coverage

Media coverage of health reform lately has centered on the legislative horse race, as we knew it would. The press... More

Pelosi, Prevention, and PBS

Is Madame Speaker misinformed?

Preventative care saves money? C’est impossible, Madame Speaker! For weeks, we on Campaign Desk have been pointing out this fallacy,... More

Shades of Richard Nixon

Is Obama playing defense or offense?

Those of us of a certain generation remember Richard Nixon and all the gory Watergate details that oozed out and... More

Health Reform Too Boring for Broadcast?

Not at KQED

Over the weekend, Politico published one of those juicy, inside-the-industry stories that media execs love to read. The story trashed... More

Baucus Watch, Part XII

The mother’s milk of politics and more

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus holds the keys to health care reform; any health care... More

All the President’s Words, Part II

Slogans for change, or a movement for change?

What case did the president make for reform Wednesday night? Not a very persuasive one, in my view. For me,... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part XII

Did the AMA snooker the press?

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

Sen. Schumer, Meet Louise Russell

What’s this about preventative care saving money?

Reporters from the New York media, take note! It’s time to tell your state’s senior senator (and the people he... 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


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!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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