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Reality Check for the White House

Axelrod’s e-mail raises more questions

Last Thursday, in an attempt to counter the health reform misinformation being propagated by President Obama’s ideological opponents, presidential adviser... More

Overemphasizing Obama

The limits of what health care can tell us about the president

Dan Froomkin’s first item at The Huffington Post, which appeared on Monday, has drawn some mild criticism from an unlikely... More

The Economy Today: An Upturn Overseas

Economic news from Arizona, Florida, North Dakota, and elsewhere

The lead economic story in the American press today is about Europe. As The Washington Post reports, new data from... More

The Wrong Stuff

What we don’t know about how to correct misinformation

Pushing back against political misinformation has lately become a growth industry. The Obama administration is trying to counter false claims... More

Straight Talk, Part I

The end-of-life myth and the real long-term care stories to be told

With charges, countercharges, information, disinformation, flat-out lies, and half truths being disseminated on all sides of the health reform debates,... More

The Economy Today: A More Upbeat Outlook from the Fed

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

There’s been a lot of chatter lately about the recession being over or nearly so, and now the Federal Reserve... More

Q & A: The New York Times’s Damon Winter

The Pulitzer-winning photographer on covering contentious town halls

Splashed across the front page of yesterday’s New York Times was a four-column photo of a man shouting at Sen.... More

“Now Don’t You Let the Government Get a Hold of My Medicare”

…and other absurdities of fact-free town halls

You could actually pinpoint the moment, yesterday, at which the town hall Claire McCaskill held in Hillsboro, Missouri descended into... More

The Limits of “The Long View”

Times reaches too far to explain restraint of Iraqi Shiites

The strength of Rod Nordland’s lead story in today’s New York Times about the current state of the sectarian divide... More

The Economy Today: Schools and the Stimulus

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The economic news of the morning, reported both by the Associated Press and Bloomberg, is that the U.S. trade deficit... More

All About Afghanistan

The press rediscovers the other war in a big way

The Forgotten War has been remembered lately. After being relegated to the back pages for the better part of a... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part XIII

United Healthcare has a mighty big seat

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

Q & A, Part Two: Spencer Ackerman

Part two of CJR’s interview with the national security reporter

This is the second part of a two-part interview with national security reporter Spencer Ackerman. The first part is here.... More

The Economy Today: Productivity Up; Will Jobs Follow?

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The Washington Post carries an AP story this morning reporting that productivity rose by an annual rate of more than... More

Putting the Senate Under Scrutiny

Post piece ably highlights the oddity of the upper house

Over the weekend, Alec MacGillis of The Washington Post had an excellent article on the peculiar nature of the U.S.... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

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