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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

Health Care: Who Will Be at the Table?

Following the (insurance company) money

Barack Obama has made a big deal about who will be at his table when the time comes to craft... More

Medicare Mystery

Why the conspiracy of silence?

Of the millions of words written and spoken about U.S. health care, only a tiny percentage have been about Medicare.... More

Deception in Des Moines

The Register’s Media Watch might want to check the mirror

On Saturday The Des Moines Register weighed in with one of its Media Watch features, which critiques political ads and... More

Huckabee on Health

How about some details, Mike?

Candidate Mike Huckabee walked into the Oscar Frazier Community Center in Bluffton, South Carolina, the other day and charmed a... More

A Health Care Mirage

How candidates (and reporters) misuse the word “universal”

By now we all know that the Democratic candidates are fighting about whose plan is more universal. Their sparring in... More

Romney Talks Tough on Health Care

But what’s he really saying?

Mitt Romney is talking tough these days about health care and touts his Massachusetts plan as a national model. His... More

The New Health-Care Debate

1992 echoes loudly, but today’s story isn’t just back to the future

A 2005 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that twice as many people rely on the media for information... More

Rudy’s Unhealthy Stats

Some good reporting holds Giuliani’s phony cancer numbers at bay

The coverage of Rudy Giuliani’s epidemiological error about his chances of surviving prostate cancer in England wasn't perfect, but it... More

The Epidemic

That gee-whiz medical segment on your local TV news? It was produced and written by the very hospital it’s touting.

NOTE: This story has been corrected, as detailed in a note at the end of the piece When 19 thousand... 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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