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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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