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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

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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

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!

Bloggingheads

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

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