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The Chuckle-Monster

Headlines turn the president’s laugh into a “gaffe”

Steve Kroft’s Sunday night interview with President Obama covered substantive things, like Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s bank rescue plan, which... More

Massachusetts Health Reform Archive

An archive of all entries in Trudy Lieberman’s series

Here are the links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s “Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts” series, in descending order. 03/03/10:... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part I

Critical analysis begins to trickle in

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

FOIA’s Hidden Exemptions

A new bill tries to bring them into the sunshine

The idea behind the Freedom of Information Act is simple: file a request for a document with the government, and... More

Grassley to Limbaugh: Keep Distorting Health Reform

Iowa senator “encourages” conservative commentators

Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, and others recently launched a smear campaign against a provision in the stimulus bill designed to... More

Profiles of Power

New sites seek to map the mighty

If the collapse of the global financial system has taught us anything, it's that Main Street deserves a great deal... More

Mad Men

Post doesn’t parse the practical political consequences of public anger

Everybody’s angry over the AIG bonus scandal. You’re angry, I’m angry, Congress is angry. Inuit fishermen who have no contact... More

Laurel to The Philadelphia Inquirer

For parsing preexisting conditions

A couple of decades ago, journalists at every paper and TV station, following the lead of The Wall Street Journal,... More

Sorkin: Contracts Sacrosanct, Except When They’re Not

An astute reader writes to point out that the NYT's Andrew Ross Sorkin wasn't all for the sacrosanctity of contracts... More

Sorkin and the Straw Man

A big thumbs down to the Times's Andrew Ross Sorkin for his poorly reasoned column this morning on why we... More

The Political Capital of “Public Anger”

Rhetorical cliffhangers at The New York Times

An article in The New York Times today takes a look at the “populist backlash” that is threatening to explode... More

The Chas Freeman Frenzy

The New York Times sits out a contentious foreign policy story

Over the past few weeks, the American foreign policy community worked itself into something resembling a frenzy over the appointment... More

ProPublica Blogs the Stimulus

I really like this idea from the non-profit investigative-journalism folks at ProPublica: Bird-dog the hundreds of billions of dollars in... More

Carl Malamud, Public Printer

An open source Presidential appointment campaign

It was 1991, in the early days of the Internet. Carl Malamud was thirty-two years old, and deeply embedded in... More

Baby Elephants

What’s with all these really young GOP pundits?

On February 27, 2009, attendees at the annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference were addressed by Jonathan Krohn,... 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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