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Social Security in the Heartland: Nick Quealy-Gainer

What Social Security means to real people

This is the ninth and final installment in a series of posts that discusses how possible changes in Social Security... More

Social Security in Perspective, Part III

A conversation with William Greider

Proposals to change the Social Security system have taken shape, and could foreshadow long-lasting effects on the program. Many of... More

Social Security Under Attack

What the press had to say

When the president signed the tax bill Friday, a year’s worth of efforts aimed at modifying Social Security came to... More

What We Should Have Known All Along about Health Reform

Much handwringing about health care what-ifs

This week’s coverage of the Virginia court decision declaring health reform’s individual mandate unconstitutional was surprisingly thorough and contextual. What... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Jim Dobbs

What Social Security means to real people

This is the eighth in a series of posts that discuss how possible changes in Social Security will affect the... More

Other Views of Social Security

The MSM gives some equal time

Campaign Desk has been hard of late on some MSM outlets that have presented lopsided views of the Social Security... More

Frank Luntz Rides Again

The wordsmith and the public option

Word came Thursday that, last year, Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon had directed his staff to avoid using... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Jude Love

What Social Security means to real people

This is the seventh in a series of posts that discuss how possible changes in Social Security will affect the... More

USA Today’s Mixed-Up Message

What exactly did the deficit commission do?

On Friday, USA Today reported that the president’s fiscal commission “approved a plan today to cut federal deficits by $3.9... More

NPR Plays Ebenezer Scrooge

Another lopsided Social Security story

It was really hard to tell whether NPR’s Morning Edition segment yesterday—part of the program’s “Ghosts of Debts Past, Present... More

CBS Fumbles Again

A lopsided report on Social Security

If there were prizes given for the most one-sided, misleading story about Social Security this year, a segment aired on... More

A Curious Omission at the Times

Three Social Security proposals, or two?

It was puzzling to see Jackie Calmes’s brief story in The New York Times last week with its provocative headline:... More

Enterprise Reporting at the AP

The retirement age debate finally reaches the public

Kudos to the AP for obtaining a report from the government’s watchdog agency, the General Accountability Office (GAO), showing that... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Jim Bean

What Social Security means to real people

This is the sixth in a series of posts that discuss how possible changes in Social Security will affect the... More

The Education of Congressman-Elect Andy Harris

What does he know about health insurance?

Politico published a rather astonishing story yesterday that should make the constituents of Maryland’s first congressional district scratch their heads... More

Well, What Do You Know, Sherlock?

The media discover Social Security

Ouch! That was the media’s general reaction yesterday to the ideas in the report issued by the co-chairs of the... More

The Education of Sen. Bennet

NPR passes along misinformation about Social Security

The squeaker victory of Colorado’s Sen. Michael Bennet landed him a spot on NPR’s Morning Edition the other day, and... More

Yes, Virginia, it Really Was a Republican Plan

Sunday, the president admitted to Steve Kroft of CBS that the health reform law now known in the vernacular as... More

What Should John Boehner Do?

Kaiser asks the health cognoscenti

One of the more interesting and informative pieces of journalism to cross my computer screen in recent months was a... More

The Election Story Not Told

The irony of health reform

For months we knew that health reform was in big trouble. Tuesday night, we found out how big. Health care... 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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