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Detailing the Details

A few bright spots in the media’s health reform coverage

Media coverage of health reform lately has centered on the legislative horse race, as we knew it would. The press... More

Pelosi, Prevention, and PBS

Is Madame Speaker misinformed?

Preventative care saves money? C’est impossible, Madame Speaker! For weeks, we on Campaign Desk have been pointing out this fallacy,... More

Shades of Richard Nixon

Is Obama playing defense or offense?

Those of us of a certain generation remember Richard Nixon and all the gory Watergate details that oozed out and... More

Health Reform Too Boring for Broadcast?

Not at KQED

Over the weekend, Politico published one of those juicy, inside-the-industry stories that media execs love to read. The story trashed... More

Baucus Watch, Part XII

The mother’s milk of politics and more

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus holds the keys to health care reform; any health care... More

All the President’s Words, Part II

Slogans for change, or a movement for change?

What case did the president make for reform Wednesday night? Not a very persuasive one, in my view. For me,... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part XII

Did the AMA snooker the press?

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

Sen. Schumer, Meet Louise Russell

What’s this about preventative care saving money?

Reporters from the New York media, take note! It’s time to tell your state’s senior senator (and the people he... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part IV

The new math, or maybe it’s the old

Three years ago, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a far-reaching health reform law that politicians and the media hailed as... More

Gregory A+; Sebelius D-

NBC’s David Gregory bores down on Madame Secretary

Last week, Campaign Desk urged reporters to start asking Obama tough questions on health care, so we could learn what... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part XI

Center for Medicine in the Public Interest fights against a public plan

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

All the President’s Words

Still, when it comes to health reform, what does he stand for?

On Monday, the media went gaga reporting on President Obama’s fancy health reform rhetoric that flowed alongside his introduction of... More

Groundhog Day

Why this year’s health-care debate sounds like the one in 1993

Last fall, soon after Barack Obama was elected president, Sheila Burke was waiting to discuss Obama’s campaign promises, via Webcast,... More

Hospital Disconnect

USA Today offers news you can use, but a little more context, please

Walking down the jetway to the 747 in Paris the other day, I spotted a copy of USA Today. One... More

Health Care in France—and in America

A journalist’s observations

Welcome back to America, I said to myself after a two-week trip to France. Yes, I did think about health... More

Memo to Sen. Barbara Boxer—and Journalists, Too

More skepticism about savings from preventive care, please

Sen. Barbara Boxer was defiant. As Campaign Desk reported recently, the gentle lady from California said in no uncertain terms... More

Health Care Flashpoints, Part III

Taxing insurance benefits and health care equity

Over the next few months, health reform will succeed or fail based on a few major flashpoints that will shape... More

Excluded Voices

An interview with Wendell Potter

This past year’s health discussion has been remarkable for the narrow range of ideas and opinions that have floated down... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part X

We finally hear from the business community

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

What Journalists Can Learn from Celinda Lake

Wisdom from the Democrats’ wordsmith

First there was Frank Luntz. Now, Celinda Lake is trying to do for the Dems what Luntz did for the... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

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