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Baucus Watch, Part IX

The senator ejects single-payer advocates—again

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

Will Health Care Providers Really Reduce Spending?

The press exhibits some skepticism—but more is needed

Yesterday, six protagonists in Washington’s unfolding health care drama sent a letter to the President saying they have “joined together... More

What Journalists Can Learn from Frank Luntz

Wisdom from the Republican wordsmith

Frank Luntz reappeared last week when a tipster slipped Politico a twenty-eight-page document called “The Language of Healthcare 2009” that... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part VIII

Baucus evicts single-payer advocates from his hearing

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

Memo to Journalists: Move Beyond the Beltway Babble

Men (and women) on the street are foggy about health reform

At this point in any debate over health reform, journalists inevitably get lost in all the wonk talk, the economic... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part II

Does an individual mandate work? Depends on who’s talking

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

Baucus Watch, Part VIII

What kind of public plan is the senator talking about?

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

A Laurel to the Eagle-Tribune

Paper gets Astroturfed and smells a rat

The grassroots army is on the march. On Wednesday, Campaign Desk reported that health insurers have called up the grassroots... More

A Dart to the Buffalo News

Paper confuses Medicare Advantage news with insurance marketing tactics

The Dewey Square Group must have been pleased as punch to see the Buffalo News’s coverage of its Medicare Advantage... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part VII

WellPoint brings forth voices from the grassroots

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

60 Minutes and The Nation Shine on Health Care

Two good stories that expose health care’s holes

Politicians and journalists take note. In the last several days, a segment on 60 Minutes and a personal story in... More

Hiding the Messenger

What’s Lewin’s pedigree anyway?

The big news in health care last week, at least for the cognoscenti, came from the Lewin Group. Lewin reported... More

Laurel to the Tampa Tribune

For adding a fresh dimension to the Medicare Advantage story

We were pleased to see the Tampa Tribune publish a smart, enterprising story that took a different angle on an... More

Excluded Voices

An interview with Marilyn Moon

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

Obama AWOL on Health Reform?

Times tackles the President’s “light touch”

Robert Pear of The New York Times, who almost always can be counted on to let the world know the... More

Sick Around America

What exactly was Frontline trying to say?

It is not clear what message Frontline wanted to deliver in last night's Sick Around America documentary. The show, conceived... More

Some Big Dots to Connect

Which could tell who really will pay for health reform

In the past week or so, the media—at least those outlets that still cover health reform somewhat regularly—offered up some... More

Baucus Watch, Part VII

Does he or doesn’t he support a public plan?

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

Insurers Have a New Idea

Is it really for real?

The AP moved a story yesterday afternoon reporting that members of two health insurance trade associations, America’s Health Insurance Plans... More

What Are Insurers Up To?

It depends on whose story you read

Two views of the insurance industry lobby emerged in the press the last couple of weeks—one an AP puff piece... 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 new face of Richard Norris (GQ)

“‘Richard?’ I say. ‘Richard?’ I shove his shoulder and nothing happens. He is dead. He is on my watch and he is dead. I hear gurgling. Breathing. He’s on my watch and he is not dead.”

How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

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”

Bloggingheads

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

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