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Pessimism on Af-Pak

An argument for “the good war” doesn’t quite deliver

I wanted to be persuaded by Peter Bergen’s argument in Washington Monthly about why the U.S. mission in Afghanistan can... More

The Economy Today: Football Stays Strong

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

The national papers devote most of their space to President Barack Obama’s press conference last night, where, as The Washington... More

Everything’s a Crisis

The perils of prognosticating on Obama’s political future

Just six months in, Barack Obama’s political future is at stake on many fronts, according to the nation’s political press... More

Meet the New Boss…

Democrats won’t defend ’06 position on White House visitor logs

In 2006, the Democratic National Committee took the Bush administration to court. “The Abramoff scandal was going on,” remembers Joseph... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part XII

Did the AMA snooker the press?

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

Sen. Schumer, Meet Louise Russell

What’s this about preventative care saving money?

Reporters from the New York media, take note! It’s time to tell your state’s senior senator (and the people he... More

Transparency or Trillions?

Papers make different choices about what to highlight in IG report

One criticism commonly heard about the dread MSM is that all the major outlets are operating out of the same... More

The Economy Today: For the Birds

Economic headlines from California, Indiana, Texas, and elsewhere

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appeared before a Congressional committee yesterday and told lawmakers he plans to keep interest rates... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part IV

The new math, or maybe it’s the old

Three years ago, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a far-reaching health reform law that politicians and the media hailed as... More

The Economy Today: Taxing Times

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

As a proposed surtax on top earners becomes the latest political football of the health care debate, The Wall Street... More

A Busy Couple of Days in Iran

The NYT and the LAT offer some strong reporting

After a relatively quiet period that left media outlets stepping back and taking stock, events in Iran picked up again... More

Keep On Shuffling

Bai’s argument about Obama doesn’t stand up to scrutiny

I’m as sympathetic as any writer to the columnist’s need to come up with an argument on demand. But in... More

Gregory A+; Sebelius D-

NBC’s David Gregory bores down on Madame Secretary

Last week, Campaign Desk urged reporters to start asking Obama tough questions on health care, so we could learn what... More

The Economy Today: Have We Met Before?

A roundup of national and regional economic headlines

What’s a shady subprime mortgage broker to do when the housing market goes belly-up? Become a shady loan modification firm... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part XI

Center for Medicine in the Public Interest fights against a public plan

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

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

Bloggingheads

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

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A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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