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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

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part IV

The new math, or maybe it’s the old

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

Gregory A+; Sebelius D-

NBC’s David Gregory bores down on Madame Secretary

Last week, Campaign Desk urged reporters to start asking Obama tough questions on health care, so we could learn what... 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


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

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”

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