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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 Definition of Universal, Again

Ted Kennedy’s take on it

Ted Kennedy should know better. After all, he has spent a good part of his Senate career fighting for national... More

Impressive Coverage at the LA Times

Exposing warts in the health insurance market

A shout-out to Los Angeles Times staff writer Lisa Girion who has done great journalism exposing the flaws in the... More

Obama’s Lobbyist Line

A “more complicated truth” on campaign contributions

Saturday night at a Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Richmond, Virginia, Barack Obama did it again. He said he hadn’t taken money... More

A Cautionary Tale for David Brooks and Others

What, really, was Jim Cooper’s ‘Clinton Lite?’

Now comes New York Times columnist David Brooks damning Hillary Clinton with faint praise. In his Tuesday column, Brooks says... More

Harry and Louise Redux?

The media miss the point

Barack Obama has taken on Hillary Clinton’s health care plan front and center. His new mailer attacking her proposal resurrects... More

Tax Credits Explained…Finally

The Salt Lake Tribune takes a deeper view

Tip of the hat to The Salt Lake Tribune for the health care story it ran this week about the... More

A Guide That Isn’t

Too much brevity at the Chronicle

Readers of the San Francisco Chronicle can be forgiven if they came away totally confused by the paper’s attempt on... More

Mitt’s Health Plan, Debunked

Why isn’t the press paying attention?

Mitt Romney’s win in a couple of primaries gives the media another chance to look seriously at his Massachusetts health... More

Health Care: Passing Along the Confusion

The Times unclarifies

It was one of those stories—“Heath Care is a Big Concern for Nevada”—that made clear that Nevada voters care about... More

Moving the boundaries

A Pennsylvania paper dares to cover single payer

A tip of the hat to the Sunday News, a division of Lancaster Newspapers Inc., which gave a wider view... 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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