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The making of a meme

Journos get on board the Let’s-Whack-Entitlements train

Shortly after the election, the MSM quickly turned from the presidential horse race to the “fiscal cliff.” And soon, news... More

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Cracking open Congress

We need better insider reporting about the “fiscal cliff”

We've just finished an election in which quantitative analysis provided far more accurate predictions than pundits and reporters, who frequently... More

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Healthcare expert for sale

The Guardian follows the saga of Liz Fowler, healthcare lobbyist extraordinaire

Leave it to the Brits to tell us Americans about our healthcare system. In this case the telling is done... More

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The rush to handicap 2016: let’s not

“Dr. Politics” advice—avoid horse-race journalism, but bring on the well-reported profiles

Dear Dr. Politics, I am writing about a problem that has become as annoying as stores playing Christmas carols while... More

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Carney’s conspiracy theory

White House Press Secretary sees GOP operatives in good journalism

Last week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney blamed GOP operatives for revealing that Susan Rice, President Obama’s presumed favorite... More

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NBC News sets good example for Medicare reporting

People perspective leads to clear explanation of impact of proposed changes

As tax and spending talks grind on in Washington, The New York Times tells us Friday that in his latest... More

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In Pennsylvania, a niche site with wide reach

PoliticsPA drives political conversation in Keystone State

PENNSYLVANIA — Whether it is a presidential swing state or not, Pennsylvania is always a political battleground. With countless boroughs,... More

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The future of factchecking

Here’s what journalists should learn from the 2012 campaign

As journalists close the books on 2012 and look forward to coverage of a second Obama administration, one important question... More

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Can people afford to lose their Social Security COLA?

So far, the press has given this public policy concern the brush off

This post is the first of several primers on Social Security we will publish in the coming weeks to help... More

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What if there are fewer polls in 2016?

Is the editor-in-chief of Gallup’s warning a nightmare vision or… sort of beguiling?

As a feud, it does not rise to the level of Lyndon Johnson versus Bobby Kennedy or even Jack Benny’s... More

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‘Resetting’ The Plain Dealer

What’s to become of Cleveland’s daily, a bright spot in Ohio’s coverage of election 2012?

OHIO — The frenzy of presidential candidates and entourages overrunning the Buckeye State is history, but questions about how Ohio’s... More

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Closer look at a cash cow

Denver’s KUSA says newsroom’s “Truth Tests” set high bar for campaign-ad vetting

COLORADO — Barack Obama wasn’t the only winner in the 2012 campaign here. The state’s TV stations—especially those in Denver,... More

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In Michigan, a look back on the 2012 campaign

A veteran journalist and a young reporter talk about lessons learned

MICHIGAN — It was hard. That’s how Marisa Schultz, political reporter for The Detroit News, sums up the experience of... More

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Key stories in the Keystone State

Four issues Pennsylvania’s political press should stay on

PENNSYLVANIA — Political reporters and commentators here will continue to ponder, as the Philadelphia Inquirer did on November 9, Pennsylvania’s... More

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Papa John’s Pizza and the business backlash

The real story: how some employers are still working to undermine Obamacare

The media have latched onto the story of John Schnatter. That’s the John of Papa John’s Pizza, a CEO with... 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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