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Some Mistakes at MoneyWatch

A little more homework needed on Social Security, please

A recent CBS MoneyWatch piece titled “Social Insecurity” was one of those breezy, glib stories that seemed to telegraph important... More

USA Today Touts the Government’s Good News on Medicare

But was it the full story?

A few days ago USA Today trumpeted some health policy news: enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans is up and premiums... More

What Mitt Really Believes About Entitlements

Protecting Social Security and Medicare

It’s hard to say if Mitt Romney’s declaration the other night in Florida that Republicans “will never go after Medicare... More

A Laurel to The Record

For a disturbing tale of sickness and medical expense

Lindy Washburn’s piece in the Bergen Record about medical debt and how it can cripple even those people with health... More

Medicare Versus Obamacare

The fight begins in Florida

In the last few days, three mainstream news outlets elevated “Medicare: The Political Story” into the headlines. It was good... More

Jon Stewart Takes on Sebelius

What Madame Secretary didn’t say

Jon Stewart welcomed Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius to The Daily Show Monday night, and it was great... More

Romney’s History on Medicare

How he came to accept “premium support”

CNN’s exit poll Saturday told us that abortion, the budget deficit, the economy, and illegal immigration were the top voter... More

In South Carolina, Another Hospital/Journo Alliance

New twist, old problem

Gary Schwitzer at Health News Review raised a question about journalistic ethics the other day when he took a whack... More

Medicare Vouchers Explained

A conversation with the Brookings Institution’s Henry Aaron

In the Republican presidential debate Monday, Mitt Romney came out in favor of a "premium support program, which allows people... More

Legal Immigrants Win in Massachusetts

But the political press misses the story

Today we begin a series of occasional posts that bring Campaign Desk readers up-to-date on the workings of Massachusetts health... More

“Firing” your insurance in Romney’s Massachusetts

Romney’s remark Monday about firing your insurance company apparently harmed him little yesterday in the New Hampshire primary. But as... More

Why Might the Docs Be in a Fix?

A context-light, anecdote-heavy CNNMoney story fails to mention US’s high medical costs

Sacre bleu! Docs are going broke! Or so says CNNMoney in a story that is a great example of a... More

Santorum Goes After Social Security

The AP covers Rick’s empty rhetoric

Noting the media’s trivial pursuit of rising star Rick Santorum, my colleague Erika Fry has called for more substantive reporting... More

The Bloodying of PolitiFact

What is Medicare, anyway?

Now it’s my turn to weigh in on the “Lie of the Year,” the gimmick PolitiFact uses to highlight the... More

A Good Payroll Tax Piece from the Post

Finally, some balance from WaPo

At last The Washington Post, which shaped much of the media coverage of the defcit and entitlement discussion last year,... More

Best of 2011: Trudy Lieberman

CJR’s health and entitlements reporter picks her top stories from the past year

Peter G. Peterson Goes to School: Organizations funded by Peter G. Peterson, a former Wall Street investment banker and long-time... More

The Kind of Medicare Story We’d Rather Not See

SmartMoney runs a lackluster listicle

Anyone reading SmartMoney’s take on Medicare would want to get granny off the program in New York minute. It was... More

A Rate-Regulation Case Study in Pennsylvania

When insurance rates are news—and when they are not

What’s so interesting about insurance rate regulation, and why is it worth reporting on? The topic has everything to do... More

The Coverage of Wyden-Ryan, Round One

Consensus building to privatize Medicare

Robert Pear’s New York Times piece “Support Builds for a Plan To Rein In Medicare Costs” seemed like a leak.... More

Pinning Down the President

Challenging Obama for overpromising on health care

In an interview with President Obama on 60 Minutes Sunday night, it was apparent Steve Kroft was taking his questioning... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

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

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

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


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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