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Social Security in Perspective

A conversation with Ted Marmor

To hear the media tell it, you’d think most Americans agree that this country must drastically reform its Social Security... More

A Fresh Take on Health Care

Does reform solve the ER problem?

It all sounded so simple in the years leading up to health reform. The politicians, from the president on down,... More

Who Will Tell the People?

Social Security is the third rail for the MSM

Ohio congressman John Boehner’s recent interview in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review touched on all the red hot stones—health care, BP, Afghanistan,... More

The Passing of Dr. Robert Butler

And what he meant for journalists and journalism

I always thought Bob Butler would live forever. After all, he was Mr. Live A Long Life, and preached the... More

A Tip of the Hat to The Oregonian

For finding health reform’s forgotten people

We often thought nobody was paying attention when, during the health reform debate, we urged the press to investigate the... More

Welfare, Entitlements, and Sharron Angle

What sayeth she now?

It’s fair to say that Sharron Angle is controversial. She’s the former Nevada state legislator who is running against Harry... More

The Docs and the Press

What a little help from their friends will do

Well, what do you know? Congress may finally be giving the doctors what they want—sort of. As Campaign Desk has... More

More Words of Wisdom from Alan Simpson

Just who are the “lesser people” he had in mind?

Alan Simpson is quickly taking on the persona of the Energizer bunny—his mouth just doesn’t stop. We know about seniors... More

A Laurel to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

For keeping the spotlight on the doctors’ shenanigans

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter John Fauber deserves kudos for his dogged reporting on some unsavory practices in the medical profession.... More

Are All Americans Living Longer?

CNBC didn’t ask the right questions

A few days ago, CNBC’s Squawk Box turned its show over to a gab-fest between two VIPs in the Social... More

Of Death Panels and Rationing

Don Berwick’s messy confirmation

For awhile it looked like Don Berwick was the perfect candidate to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services... More

Sebelius Watch, Part III

Schizophrenia over Medicare Advantage plans

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has emerged as the person to watch as the Obama administration scrambles to... More

The Small Business Angle, Part II

The Boston Globe discovers the fine print

One of the best stories I’ve seen in the post-health reform media era comes from the Boston Globe. Health reporter... More

The Small Business Angle

A gutsy health reform piece from Colorado Public Radio

Eric Whitney, Colorado Public Radio’s health reporter, did a good job recently on a story that more and more in... More

A Conversation with KQED’s Sarah Varney

How do you keep a story fresh?

Now that the great health care reform effort is over—or just beginning, depending on your point of view—the media face... More

Another Take on the Times’s Memphis Piece

And the Social Security connection

The New York Times’s excellent piece Sunday—already praised by our Holly Yeager—ended with an unsettling conclusion: Blacks in Memphis are... More

What Congress Giveth, It Also Taketh Away

Farewell, COBRA extensions?

Much of the health news coverage of late has tracked the topics that administration officials, notably HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius,... More

Secrecy at the Deficit Commission

Note to the media: It’s past time for a little sunshine here

The President’s Deficit Commission held an end-of-the month meeting yesterday, and among the attendees was a woman representing the disability... More

William Greider on Social Security

A superb take on Obama’s deficit commission

William Greider, writing in The Nation, didn’t mince words when it came to explaining what’s at stake in the looming... More

Good Coverage at USA Today

Some smart takes on problems with health and financial reform

The other day, on a plane from Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong, a flight attendant thrust a copy... More

Why Obama’s statement on reporters’ arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical - The president defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen

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

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’

First Look runs headlong into journalism’s two big problems - Growing pains at the Omidyar/Greenwald venture


The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

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

Tour guide wars at a Paris cemetery (WSJ)

“Because dead men tell no tales, visitors to Père Lachaise cemetery lend their ears to Bertrand Beyern”

Last call (Medium)

“The death of newspapers is sad, but the threatened loss of journalistic talent is catastrophic. If that’s you, it’s time to learn something outside the production routine of your current job.”

Maureen Dowd on James Risen (NYT)

“Risen may be trapped in Ibsen, but Obama is channeling Orwell”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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