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Detailing the Details

A few bright spots in the media’s health reform coverage

Media coverage of health reform lately has centered on the legislative horse race, as we knew it would. The press... More

Coverage of Obama “Suds Summit” Hard to Swallow

Top papers waste time covering irrelevant photo-op

The nation’s political media apparently decided to hold a little contest yesterday: Which outlets can produce the most gratuitous, the... More

Pelosi, Prevention, and PBS

Is Madame Speaker misinformed?

Preventative care saves money? C’est impossible, Madame Speaker! For weeks, we on Campaign Desk have been pointing out this fallacy,... More

Getting Adjusted

Post health care piece errs by using nominal dollars

Near the top of a long, interesting story in Sunday’s Washington Post, in which he argued that improved medical treatments... More

Two Takes on the U.S.-Pakistan Marriage

On the rocks, or on the mend? Or could it be both?

What’s the current status of the United States’s tortured, convoluted, unhappy marriage with Pakistan? If you’re someone who still prefers... More

The Economy Today: Feeling Beige

Economic headlines from Ohio, Indiana, and elsewhere

The Federal Reserve’s latest “beige book,” a summary of economic indicators from around the country, shows “a few more glints... More

Shades of Richard Nixon

Is Obama playing defense or offense?

Those of us of a certain generation remember Richard Nixon and all the gory Watergate details that oozed out and... More

The Economy Today: Housing Prices Stabilizing?

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The New York Times leads today with the apparent steadying of the real estate market, as a widely used index... More

Health Reform Too Boring for Broadcast?

Not at KQED

Over the weekend, Politico published one of those juicy, inside-the-industry stories that media execs love to read. The story trashed... More

The Economy Today: A New New Deal in Tennessee

Economic headlines from New Jersey, Tennessee, Ohio, and elsewhere

The New York Times takes a front-page look today at a throwback approach to fighting unemployment: use government funds to... More

Baucus Watch, Part XII

The mother’s milk of politics and more

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

The Economy Today: Better Bad News on the Way?

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The Wall Street Journal today takes an advance look at economic data slated to be released Friday and finds some... More

All the President’s Words, Part II

Slogans for change, or a movement for change?

What case did the president make for reform Wednesday night? Not a very persuasive one, in my view. For me,... More

The Economy Today: Dow 9,000

Economic headlines from Maine, Texas, Montana, and elsewhere

The economy’s still down, but corporate profits are up, and so is the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The Wall Street... More

About that Letter…

TPM whiffs on Obama’s FOIA dodge

Last night, shortly before Obama took the podium for his prime time press conference on health reform, Gregory Craig, the... 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


Insufferable parenthetical asides, ranked (The Hairpin)

18. (strictly for the mise-en-scene)

You are now entering the demented kingdom of William T. Vollmann (TNR)

“Franzen tells a hilarious story of being a young writer in New York, meeting Vollmann, becoming fast friends, and inaugurating a draft swap. A while later, they exchanged work. Franzen gave Vollmann a dozen chiseled pages. Vollmann gave Franzen an entire novel.”

39 pieces of advice for journalists and writers of color (BuzzFeed)

“Make yourself indispensable. Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota’”

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