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Campaign Desk

Playing the Margins

Politicians have good reason to avoid the details. Journalists don’t.

Ezra Klein’s live chat with readers today included this interesting exchange: Washington, D.C.: I found it interesting that the subsidies,... More

What Did the President Really Say?

More goals and details and questions to ponder

Politico got it just about right. “In the end,” wrote Carrie Budoff Brown, “a speech meant to reset the health... More

Reshuffling the Senate

Strong Politico piece takes stock of Senate moves

I was somewhat critical of a David Rogers article earlier this week, but his Politico piece today on the shuffling... More

Mr. Wilson Goes to Washington

Dear news networks: ignore Joe Wilson. Please.

The most memorable aspect of President Obama's health care address to Congress tonight was not its rhetoric, or its resonance,... More

Schooling the President

In ‘91, Bush spoke, students listened, the Post snarked

When conservative foot-soldiers began to kick up a storm last week about President Barack Obama’s plans to deliver a manipulative,... More

What a Speech Can’t Do

The president thinks he can persuade people. He’s probably wrong.

Tonight, if a recent Pew Research Center poll is to be believed, a massive television audience will tune in to... More

Baucus Watch, Part XIII

At last, the senator brings forth a plan

As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus holds the keys to health care reform; any health care... More

Where Have All the Health Reform Goals Gone?

What will Obama articulate tonight?

When Barack Obama was running for president, he said he wanted to make sure every child had health insurance. That... More

Stuck with the Senate

Why it makes sense for Obama to focus on the upper house

American health care system is in need of reform. Does President Barack Obama’s job consist of finding a way to... More

CJR’s Town Hall Meetings, Part III

The view from Wal-Mart, Honesdale, Pa.

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

Shout-outs to the Kansas City Star and Kaiser News Service

For starting to fill in the blanks on health reform

For months we on Campaign Desk have been urging the media to pull back the reins at health care’s Kentucky... More

White House Promises to Reveal Visitor Logs

But vague exemptions could undercut disclosure

Today, in a truly stunning conclusion to a long series of lawsuits, the Obama administration announced that it will begin... More

Silver Buckshot Misses Target

Fact-checking Biden’s Stimulus Speech

Silver Buckshot. No, that's not Vice President Joe Biden's new nickname. That's his description of the stimulus package, which he... More

CJR’s Town Hall Meetings, Part II

The view from the heartland—the patients

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

How To Keep Secrets

Obama tries to get classification right

It’s no secret that many think America’s classification system is no longer up to the task of protecting the nation... 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.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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