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A Good Social Security Story—At Last

Reuters shows it can be done

Last week Reuters sent out a fine piece by Emily Kaiser that helped readers understand what the Social Security fight... More

Covering Medicare Archive

A complete archive of Trudy Lieberman’s “Covering Medicare” articles

This is an archive of Trudy Lieberman's "Covering Medicare" articles, presented in descending order. 08/15/12: Medicare, Paul Ryan, and beyond:... More

Covering Medicare, Part I

A mixed performance from the press

Perhaps no other health issue is as important to so many Americans now and in the future as Medicare. Without... More

Reporting on High-Deductible Plans

A shout-out to two in the MSM

A tip of the topper to two reporters who took a good look at high-deductible health plans—the kind that can... More

A Missing Health Policy Story

A “study says” piece gets short shrift

The most underreported health story of this past week was, in my view, one that came out of the RAND... More

Another Cozy TV-Hospital Partnership

Will the practice ever end?

Once more, a large hospital system has climbed in bed with a friendly TV station to promote high-end services, using... More

A New Entry in the Health Care Lexicon

Beware of “centralized medical planning”

Lawrence Hunter, a contributor on Forbes.com, took on President Obama the other day, listing a number of White House initiatives... More

A Shout Out to the Times’s Thomas Kaplan

For a truthful tale about medical malpractice reform

The New York Times’s man in Albany, Thomas Kaplan, is on the malpractice case—that is, the state legislature’s efforts to... More

CJR Holds a Town Hall at NYU

Students know little about the health law

It is birthday week for the Affordable Care Act, the official name of the health reform law passed a year... More

Tom Friedman Declares War

A bum rap for the elderly

Tom Friedman was his usual glib self in Sunday’s New York Times, arguing that the two political parties “would rather... More

Excluded Voices: Health Care Costs

An interview with Dr. Robert Berenson of the Urban Institute

During the health reform debate, we periodically presented Q and A interviews with health care experts whose voices were scarce.... More

Another Take on NPR’s “Liberal Bias”

Its reporting on Social Security is anything but

It was easy to understand why a story yesterday on NPR’s All Things Considered appeared to favor the Republican position... More

Disaster in Japan

And thoughts on its national health system

Images of the devastation in northeastern Japan reminded me of the time I rode the Shinkansen—the bullet train that raced... More

Keeping an Eye on Hospital Safety, Part II

A shout-out to the Columbia Tribune

Slowly the public is coming to realize that hospitals are not always safe places. When the Institute of Medicine published... More

Romney on the Stump

Health care’s not my baby, he says

Mitt Romney has come out swinging against the health care plan he helped create, tackling the issue head on during... More

The Doctors vs. the Lawyers

Whose side is the Times on?

The New York Times came forth last week with an intriguing political story—but a puzzling piece of journalism. The story... More

A Big Omission at NBC

Whatever happened to Social Security?

NBC Nightly News took on retirement income the other day and found most Americans’s savings will come up short. The... More

The Return of Socialized Medicine

Mike Huckabee resurrects the bogeyman

Mike Huckabee, presumed presidential aspirant, is preaching the gospel of socialized medicine by attacking the Massachusetts reform law, of all... More

“Tweaking” Health Reform

Who pays the price for the changes?

Lost in MSM coverage of the president’s budget and hype over a government shutdown has been reportage about the various... More

Pinning Down the Pols

NPR misses again on Social Security story

A few days ago, NPR’s Morning Edition brought together Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican, and Sen. Mark Warner, a... 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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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