Reporters and editors who take our comments to heart ought to consider some fact checking, as well. I know it’s not customary for newspapers to do rigorous fact checking a la some magazines. But, geez, when it comes to Medicare, news outlets cannot afford to be wrong with a subject like this. It doesn’t hurt to send a piece to an expert for a second read.

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Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.