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McCain Under the Microscope

A major news outlet takes a look at his health plan—finally!

In his column Tuesday, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert peered into John McCain’s health plan, something we have been... More

Which Little Piggy Got Left Out?

What Elizabeth Edwards said about John McCain’s health plan

The big question of the campaign yesterday: Was Barack Obama referring to Sarah Palin or the policies of John McCain... More

A Laurel To NPR

Strong coverage on health care issues

NPR has done some fine health reporting recently, the kind that we hope will spur others to do similar stories.... More

Health Care on the Mississippi, Part V

Real people and the candidates’ plans

This is the fifth in a series examining how the candidates’ health care proposals will affect ordinary people who live... More

Bad News, Bad Story

How about some clarity from the AP?

I know news stories are getting shorter. But an Associated Press health care story last week did a disservice to... More

Dissing Elizabeth Edwards

The media miss the real story—her health care message

Charlotteobserver.com ran a piece Sunday written by a reporter at the Raleigh News & Observer that criticized Elizabeth Edwards. Her... More

McCain Surrogates Take To The Press

Shame on the Dallas Morning News

The Dallas Morning News should have known better than to run a news story last week that was essentially an... More

Postscript on Harry and Louise

Health reform takeaways from the convention

On Monday, I mentioned the latest television commercial featuring Harry and Louise—the infamous TV couple who periodically take to the... More

The Obamas and the Chicago Hospital Controversy

What it really says about health care

As excitement mounted for the Democratic convention at the end of last week, The Washington Post published one of those... More

Harry and Louise Are Back Again

But the media miss the important subtext

Fred Mogul, a health reporter at WNYC, called to discuss the latest Harry and Louise comeback. The infamous duo appeared... More

Health Care on the Mississippi, Part IV

Real people and the candidates’ plans

This is the fourth in a series examining how the candidates’ health care proposals will affect ordinary people who live... More

Health Care on the Mississippi, Part III

Real people and the candidates’ plans

This is the third in a series examining how the candidates’ health care proposals will affect ordinary people who live... More

Health Care on the Mississippi, Part II

Real people and the candidates’ plans

This is the second in a series examining how the candidates’ health care proposals will affect ordinary people and how... More

Health Care on the Mississippi

Real people and the candidates’ plans, Part I

This is the first in a series examining how the candidates’ health care proposals will affect ordinary people and how... More

Unhealthy Alliances Between Hospitals and TV Stations

SPJ award goes to a courageous news director

We were pleased to see that the Society of Professional Journalists has given an ethics award to Glen Mabie, the... More

McCain’s Health Proposals Under the Microscope, Part V

Does he really have a way to control costs?

This is the fifth and final entry in a series examining John McCain’s health proposals and how they have been... More

Are the Dems Wimping Out?

Platform leaves wide open space for the special interests

Big health care news was made over the weekend as builders of the Democratic platform began hewing their planks, including... More

McCain’s Health Proposals Under a Microscope, Part IV

Selling insurance across state lines—cheaper premiums or skimpy benefits?

This is the fourth entry in a series examining John McCain’s health proposals and how they have been covered in... More

Comparing Ohio and Ontario by the Numbers

The Beacon Journal points to better health stats in Canada

A Laurel to the Akron Beacon Journal and reporter David Knox for a well-done piece showing that, healthwise, the Buckeye... More

Battle For the Grassroots

Campaign for an American Solution vs. Health Care for America Now

Timothy Noah over at Slate succinctly summed up the impending war over health reform. The lines of battle will be... 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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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