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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

Medicare Beat Memo

What the campaign advertising missed

There are some uncomfortable truths about Medicare changes lurking in the health reform law. Because the pols on both sides... More

Setting the Record Straight on Campaign Ads

Who’s telling the truth about Medicare?

Pity the senior citizens in the voting booth Tuesday. Who should they believe about Medicare—the Dems and their surrogates, who... More

Social Security in Perspective, Part II

A conversation with Alicia Munnell

Proposals to change the Social Security system are fast taking shape, and many of them call for substantial benefit cuts... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Jennifer Putman

What Social Security means to real people

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

Health Care and the Massachusetts Governor’s Race

Kudos to WBUR

Through the long reform debate, health care and Massachusetts went together like love and marriage—or so the media told us.... More

CBS Story Short but Not So Sweet

Skimpy info in the network’s take on retirement age

I am not quite sure what point CBS Evening News had in mind a few days ago when it aired... More

A Laurel to the Seattle Times

For investigating the state’s adult care homes

We’ve become accustomed to newspaper exposes of nursing homes. But other places that house the frail elderly are another matter.... More

Another CJR Town Hall in the Badger State

Wisconsinites sound off about health reform and Social Security

Can I talk to you about health reform, I asked twenty-eight-year-old Michelle Zywicki, who was working at a computer in... More

Unintended Consequence Number 38

The hospital big boys get bigger, too

Over at Kaiser Health News, staff writer Julie Appleby produced an illuminating story about ongoing consolidation among hospitals and physician... More

Unintended Consequences

What the press should have known about health reform

During the health reform debate, the Obama administration stuck to its mantra—the law would bring competition to health care, which... More

A CJR Town Hall in the Badger State

Wisconsinites sound off about Russ Feingold

In this land of beer, brats, and the Packers, it is the autumn of discontent. Anger, distrust, apprehension, disaffection—these are... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Laurie Cooper

What Social Security means to real people

Before the year ends, the president’s deficit commission will bring forth a plan for cutting the deficit. While commission co-chairs... More

Distrust and Health Reform

The public smells a rat

A fine piece last Wednesday by Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown dissects what political prognosticators from Bill Clinton to Obama pollster... More

Tracking the Tea Parties

Good work from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Thumbs up to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a bright, engaging piece about the Tea Party movement in Wisconsin. The... More

CJR Holds a Town Meeting

Not everyone knows about health reform

A year ago last August, I visited the college town of Columbia, Missouri, and did man-on-the-street interviews with small business... More

A Rate Increase for James Windus

Where is the New York media?

James Windus, a New York City personal trainer, got a nasty letter a few weeks ago from his insurance carrier,... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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