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Redacted: WaPo’s Unprecedented Deal with the Pentagon

The McChrystal report: Who did the redacting?

This week’s news cycle seems certain to be dominated by The Washington Post’s huge scoop: its acquisition of a confidential... More

When a Tax Is a Tax

The New York Times explains

Reed Abelson deserves a shout-out for her story Sunday detailing how Sen. Max Baucus and his Senate Finance Committee plan... More

Of FOX News and Catnip

Alessandra Stanley’s treatment of the Obama “snub” misses the point

Alessandra Stanley’s New York Times piece today on President Obama’s health care-themed weekend media blitz included a photo montage that... More

The President versus Stephanopoulos

When is a tax not a tax?

I had a lot of sympathy for George Stephanopoulos Sunday when he faced the president in a one-on-one interview. This... More

Medical Homes? You’ve Got To Be Kidding

The new health care dialect

At a gathering of Washington health care journalists last week, panelists, including myself, talked about the challenges of covering this... More

ACORN’s Family Tree

Was the Baltimore video journalism? Does it matter?

In a piece in the October 2009 issue of The Atlantic, “The Story Behind the Story,” journalist Mark Bowden examines... More

Seeds of Discontent

What does the ACORN story mean for the mainstream media?

James O’Keefe, the pimp-playing provocateur who set out to target ACORN with a video camera, a cheesy costume, and a... More

Examining the Individual Mandate

The Wall Street Journal takes a hard look in Massachusetts

Hurrah! At last a major publication has looked in some depth at the central feature of the Obama-et-al health plan.... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part VI

The canary in the coal mine

Three years ago the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a far-reaching health reform law that politicians and the media hailed as... More

Cheech and Chong Aren’t Dead Yet

Not everyone in the media is ready to take drug reform seriously

David Downs presents a lot of support today for the proposition that the media is, at long last, adopting a... More

Bipartisanship Has Sailed

Political consensus is not an unalloyed good

In Politico yesterday, Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen had a good, interesting piece about why, in their words, “bipartisanship gets... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part XV

The gun owners come out of the woodwork

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

Measuring a Speech’s Success

In speech reax stories, competing theories of politics

Barack Obama’s big health care speech last week has, in general, been deemed a success by the media and the... More

Joe Wilson’s War

In praise of indecorous debate

It may be an unpopular opinion, seeing as the rest of the world has piled onto Rep. Joe Wilson of... More

CJR’s Town Hall Meetings, Part IV

The view from Main Street, Columbia, Mo.

Everyone, it seems is trying to take the pulse of the electorate—Americans who, as the saying goes, vote with their... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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