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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

A Health Care Conversation Opener

A North Carolina blogger cuts through the chaff

If bloggers are the new citizen journalists, then it’s good to see citizens talking about health care. Not always, actually—there... More

The Missing Genre

How do the candidates’ plans affect ordinary folk?

Not long ago I met Charles, a fifty-four-year-old man living in a poor Cleveland neighborhood. He had run out of... More

Good Angle on the Drug Industry

The Washington Post connects some dots

Three cheers for Jeffrey Birnbaum, staff writer at The Washington Post, for providing a fresh look at the powerful drug... More

“Socialized Medicine” R.I.P.

Who’s afraid of the big, bad bogeyman?

The media searching for a new healthcare angle to cover during the long wait until the Pennsylvania primary might want... More

McCain’s Health-Care Disconnect

Boasting about the U.S. system may not cut it anymore

In his victory speech last week, John McCain finally mentioned health care. Until now, he has hasn’t said much about... More

Dude, Where’s My Health Care?

The AP blows it in a story about insurance for “slackers”

Young Thomas Mahoney was everywhere. The twenty-one-year-old’s confrontation with the health insurance system made news across the country, thanks to... More

Accuracy in Truth Squading II

The Plain Dealer does it right

On Saturday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer punctured a few holes in an ad sponsored by the giant Service Employees International... More

Teaching vs. Preaching

A glimmer of pedagogy in the Ohio debate—were the media learning?

The topic of health-care reform in the presidential campaign thus far has been notable for the brevity of the discussion... More

Accuracy in Truth Squading

KTRK-TV’s truth meter needs recalibration

Truth squading is catching on. All over the country media outlets have latched onto truth squad features, which examine 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


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”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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