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How Not to Cover a Speech

In health care, challenge the bromides

The Roanoke Times ran a story on Friday about Barack Obama’s campaign kickoff in Southwest Virginia. It’s the kind of... More

Inside the Insurers’ Bag of Tricks

Two newspapers take a hard look

Back in February we praised the Los Angeles Times and its reporter, Lisa Girion, for tailing California’s big health insurers... More

Watch the Democrats, Part II

The Hill’s skeptical story still stands

A story in The Hill a few weeks ago, which we reported on, offered some grim comments from members of... More

No More “Socialized Medicine” — Part II

The New York Times gets it right, too

Even before The Associated Press declared that John McCain was wrong when he called the Democratic candidates' health plans socialized... More

Do Dems Want Health-Care Reform?

Some hedging in the halls of Congress

Health care reform won’t happen no matter how forcefully the candidates push unless Congress goes along. While the Democratic contenders... More

No More “Socialized Medicine”—at least from the AP

One loaded term down, many to go

Maybe John McCain still believes that the health car plans offered by Democratic candidates “move closer to a nationalized health... More

Dick Cheney’s Health Care

Good enough for you? Moyers raises the equity question

Bill Moyers Journal last week featured the California Nurses Association--not the usual Moyers Q and A with a guest, but... More

About Those Holes in Your Health Policy

As campaigns discuss the uninsured, the insured have their own problems

How ironic that the campaign has been marked by Democrats pushing for universal health insurance coverage just as the country... More

The World’s Best Health Care—Really?

John McCain’s campaign canard

The Rocky Mountain News’s coverage of John McCain’s campaign stop in Denver last week raises an important issue for reporters,... More

McCain’s Health-Care Muddle

What’s he doing? Don’t ask the media

John McCain finally came forth this week with what his campaign dubbed a major policy speech, laying out his To... More

Missing: Single-Payer in Pennsylvania

What David Brancaccio, and the rest of the press, left out

The Pennsylvania primary may be over, but one of the campaign’s hottest and most fiercely contested issues—whether the state on... More

Health Reform and the Single Girl

A fresh take on the candidate’s health care ideas—from Glamour

Health reform reportage could use some freshening up. We’ve been through nearly seven months of pronouncements, misstatements, and miscues, of... More

Memo to McCain: Dems Are Not Calling for Government Health Care

Stephanopoulos tries (unsuccessfully) to set the record straight

On his This Week program on Sunday, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos seemed to try to redeem his thoroughly unstellar performance in... More

McCain’s Quiet Medicare Bombshell

Privatizing Medicare one inch at a time

Tuesday night the News Hour with Jim Lehrer dutifully reported that John McCain had been in Pittsburgh that day—tax day,... More

$17 Million a Day to Influence Congress

Health interests dole out the dough to get their way

On Bill Moyers Journal Friday night, David Beckmann, who heads the hunger advocacy group Bread for the World, recalled his... More

The Forgotten Health Issue

Why is no one talking about long-term care?

The Los Angeles Times provided a wide opening for the media to ask the candidates about their plans for long-term... More

Globe Dissects McCain’s Health Plan

More questions raised than answered

Cheers to The Boston Globe for taking a look at John McCain’s ideas for health reform. McCain had pretty much... More

Hillary’s Bad Facts

How should the press handle a health care stumble?

For the last few weeks Hillary Clinton has been telling a health care horror story that deeply touched her and... More

Looking Under Hillary’s Caps

On health care costs, readers need help with the fine print

Hillary Clinton brought a bit of news to the health beat last week, revealing to New York Times reporter Kevin... More

Elizabeth Edwards on John McCain’s Health Policy

Someone has to translate

Elizabeth Edwards told some 500 health journalists the other day that John McCain’s health care plan was like “painting lipstick... More

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

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

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’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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.”

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