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What the Heck Do the Senators Mean?

More clues about a public plan

Right before the holiday weekend, Ohio senator Sherrod Brown and twenty-seven other Democratic senators introduced a sense of the Senate... More

Single-Payer Advocates Finally Get Their Say

Montana papers lead the way

Twice this month, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) has tossed single-payer advocates out of his finance committee hearings on health reform.... More

Excluded Voices

An interview with Jonathan Oberlander

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

Where Will the Money Come From Redux

Maybe not from us, say health care special interests

The president scored a big one last week when he appeared on national TV with representatives of six big stakeholders... More

Where Will the Money Come From?

And who will be left out of health reform?

This week, The Economist zoomed in on an issue that the press has overlooked of late: the details of where... More

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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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