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Some Rationality on Medical Rationing

Times takes on health care fears again

Last Friday, The New York Times fronted a feature by Kevin Sack about seniors down south who are skeptical about... More

Drowning in the Days

New Post feature tracks Obama’s every move

The political junkie’s pastime of obsessively following Barack Obama’s movements took a more quantitative turn this week, as The Washington... More

Stenography Machines

Attention, Mr. Perlstein: there’s nothing new about ‘he said/she said’

In a much-discussed Washington Post essay last week--“In America, Crazy is a Preexisting Condition”--the liberal historian Rick Perlstein argued that... More

If They Can’t Prove It, We Shouldn’t Say It

Stenography does not count as reporting

Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz has an interesting, if dispiriting, column out today in which he acknowledges some sobering... More

Transparency Interview: Amrit Singh

An ACLU attorney explains how their FOIA suit helped net the CIA’s torture report

In May, shortly after the American Civil Liberties Union’s longstanding Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking documents illuminating the United States’s... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part XIV

Those clever drug companies

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

Old News

Times piece fails to make sense of seniors’ health reform fears

Robert Pear’s article in today’s New York Times appears under an intriguing, if typically Times-ian, headline: “A Basis Is Seen... More

Getting Away from “Off the Record”

The Sunshine Initiative’s letter is a good first step

Earlier this week, a coalition of news organizations led by the Sunshine in Government Initiative sent a letter to hundreds... More

Diving Deep into Blackwater

Press pushes ahead on the CIA assassination story

So it turns out there was more to that story about the secret CIA assassination program that made waves five... More

Conflict is Content; Consensus Isn’t

When reporting on the public option, the press takes its cues from political actors

Two months ago, the idea that a news cycle would be dominated by the distinction between a “public option” and... More

The Limits of the ‘It’s Obama’s Fault’ Narrative

Bush didn’t steamroll Congress, either

Kevin Drum had an interesting post yesterday building off the observation that at the recently-concluded Netroots Nation, enthusiasm was markedly... More

The Meta-War in Georgia, One Year On

The war over the war in Georgia is far from over

It’s been a year or so since Russia invaded its tiny southern neighbor, Georgia. The details of why and how... More

Excluded Voices

An interview with British health official Andrew Dillon

This past year’s health discussion has been remarkable for the narrow range of ideas and opinions that have floated down... More

Q & A: The Guardian’s Ewen MacAskill

The UK paper’s Washington bureau chief on politics, transparency, and the journalistic power of soccer

One of the interesting developments stemming from the growth of Web news and the splintering of traditional audiences has been... More

The Economy Today: Polling the Stimulus

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

As signs of economic improvement overseas continue to crop up—most recently, according to The New York Times, in Japan—The Washington... 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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