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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

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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