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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

The Budget Narrative

The press goes astray on Social Security

For most of last year and so far into this one, the media has passed along the narrative that Social... More

Minnesota Public Radio Takes on Pawlenty

It was good to see Minnesota Public Radio get an early start truth squading an emerging candidate for the GOP... More

The Many Hats of Jonathan Gruber

Dissecting a health care expert’s words

Campaign Desk has written about Jonathan Gruber many times—his role in building Obamacare; his television appearances touting the Massachusetts model;... More

Peter G. Peterson Goes to School

A laurel to Remapping Debate

Remapping Debate, the young website that is analyzing public affairs and bringing fresh approaches into the national conversation, deserves a... More

Selling Health Reform the Obama Way

Beware the “slob-lock”

It’s tough to sell the virtues of health reform what with all those Republicans and Tea Partiers aghast at what... More

Nice Work at the AP

The administration stretches a health reform stat

It’s no secret the president and his surrogates are trying mightily to keep their sales job for health reform on... More

The Cost of Living, Part IV

Digital mammograms in the medical marketplace

Containing the runaway costs of medical care is perhaps the thorniest of health care issues. Despite the rhetoric about getting... More

The Return of Alan Simpson

Parsing his latest thoughts on Social Security

Alan Simpson, the co-chair of President Obama’s now-defunct deficit commission, showed up on Fox News the other day to talk... More

SOTU Vague on Health Care

Plenty of reading to do between the lines

The president’s remarks about health care last night were, well, short and to the point, and that’s pretty much what... More

Andrea Mitchell Crosses the Line

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell was bummed out yesterday on her show, Andrea Mitchell Reports, when Melody Barnes, director of the White... More

A Shout Out to David Gregory

For pinning down Eric Cantor on Meet the Press

David Gregory’s Meet the Press interview Sunday with new House Majority Leader Eric Cantor should be required reading in every... More

Steny Hoyer’s “Adjustments” Warning

Is the MSM listening?

Should seniors on Medicare and those about to join the program be worried about benefit cuts? That was an issue... More

Repealing the Health Law

Symbol or grand strategy?

The recent stories about Republican efforts to repeal the health reform law all telegraphed the same story lines. One: the... More

The NewsHour Blows a Health Story

Leaving misconceptions on the table

It’s not clear what the public took away from the PBS NewsHour segment on health care last night. Perhaps confusion,... More

Health Care Red Meat from Politico

Business writers, take note

One of the most illuminating health care stories to come along in the last couple weeks was Politico’s take on... More

Death Panels Make a Comeback

And pose some larger questions for the press

Well, what do you know? The Obama administration has resurrected the topic of death panels—or, as one Pennsylvania man called... More

Memo to Robert Samuelson

A few more facts on Medicare, please

Dear Robert: I read a Washington Post column of yours just after Christmas—the one about the fairness dilemma and how... More

The Lowdown on High-Risk Pools

A harbinger of things to come?

It was good to see Amy Goldstein’s fine piece on high-risk insurance pools in The Washington Post. It’s an example... More

Best of 2010: Trudy Lieberman

Lieberman picks her top stories from 2010

Social Security in the Heartland series: All year the media ignored how “fixes” to Social Security pushed by political elites... 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


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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