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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

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks

Des Moines Register prepares for a ‘very stressful’ newsroom restructuring - Editor Amalie Nash speaks on turnover, transformation, and a virtual reality adventure

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers - Music columnist Peter Cooper is latest journalist to part ways with Nashville paper


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.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

How Ben Bradlee dealt with flacks (Washington Post)

“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgement and that we distrust yours”

Ben Bradlee, 93 (WaPo)

“From the moment he took over The Post newsroom in 1965, Mr. Bradlee sought to create an important newspaper that would go far beyond the traditional model of a metropolitan daily”

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