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Where’s the Plan?

The media score well on their first-day budget stories

Yesterday morning, a friend e-mailed asking for my take on the President’s plan for health reform. Perhaps she was looking... More

Mandating Health Coverage Makes a Comeback

The President and the man on the street

Last night, with his voice full of force, the President boomed: “Health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait,... More

Divining Obama’s Health Care Budget

Early signals and the need for sharp eyes

Sam Stein, who blogs at the Huffington Post, apparently has a pipeline to the health care gods—in this case, a... More

Update on Medicare Advantage Plans

The administration’s unfinished business

At the tail end of the presidential campaign, Barack Obama said he wanted to reduce the federal government’s overpayments to... More

A Laurel to the AP

For telling us who may not be at the table

Earlier this week the AP sent out a story that offered some clues to the future of health reform and... More

The Stimulus Bill and Universal Coverage

The media are AWOL at the first skirmish

Just as the deal was being struck on the stimulus package, the News Hour on PBS aired a segment about... More

Dart to CNN

Who’s fact checking whom?

Anyone listening to CNN Wednesday morning might have been scared to death. The specter of the government coming between doctor... More

What the Stimulus Package Holds for Health Care

The devil indeed lurks in the details

It’s not often that the media pay much attention to different versions of a bill when they emerge from the... More

Vetting Daschle’s Replacement

And the wisdom of the crowd

Call it citizen journalism or citizen participation, but the Internet has been full of stories about Tom Daschle’s would-be replacement... More

Excluded Voices

An interview with Timothy Jost

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

Baucus Watch, Part V

Smoke signals—when exactly will health reform happen?

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

Who Will Be at the Table? Part V

The hospitals begin to take their seats

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

Mr. Daschle and His Speaking Fees

What “policy advice” did he give to United Healthcare?

Only the naïve would expect a public official to be pure as an angel these days, what with today’s megabuck... More

Laurel to The Oregonian

Health care miracles that aren’t

“Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles!” That pretty much describes the media’s approach to coverage of new drugs and medical... More

COBRA and Health Care Equity

It’s time for the press to connect some dots

Remedies for America’s diseased health system tend to come incrementally—an approach that doesn’t disrupt the status quo but never quite... More

Baucus Watch Archive

An archive of Trudy Lieberman’s “Baucus Watch” articles

Below, you will find links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s “Baucus Watch” series, in descending order. 10/02/09: Baucus Watch,... More

Baucus Watch, Part IV

Lobbyists in white hats

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

Missing Children

The story behind the story on SCHIP

Last week, the House passed a long-awaited bill that would increase the number of kids covered under the State Children’s... More

Dart to the Florida Health News Service

Whose side is it on, anyway?

“Will Obama be able to kill popular Advantage plans?" Whoa! The headline sounded ominous and signaled that the new president... More

WellPoint Gets in Trouble with Medicare

Journalists should jump on this story ASAP

It’s not everyday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) cracks down hard on one of its clients;... More

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

Is ISIS a faith-based terrorist group? - Journalists and scholars disagree about how much Islam, rather than politics and power, drives Muslim extremists

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins - The media mostly avoids Washington’s football team name


Swedish scientists sneak Dylan quotes into articles (The Guardian)

Whoever nets the most before retirement wins a free lunch

Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

Useful resources for journalists

Video shows Mexican drug lord paying journalists for ‘good press’ (Fusion)

“This video suggests that organized crime is trying to buy off journalists, creating a new brand of narco-journalism”

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

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