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Great health care story—but then what?

Reading Karen Tumulty’s compelling narrative about her brother’s illness and misadventures in the U.S. health care system in this week’s... More

Pork Nation

The political media’s frenzy over earmarks sort of misses the point

The recent debate over earmarks in the spending bill signed today by Barack Obama has politicians and the national media... More

Above the Fold: The Whole Truth About Torture

Is it “unfair” to single out Bush’s torture advisors for prosecution?

The story by Charlie Savage and Scott Shane on the front page of yesterday’s New York Times, about the “fallout... More

So, Are Ya?

NYT foregoes nuance and asks the president, “Are you a socialist?”

The Gray Lady could have asked the socialism question differently. On Friday afternoon, The New York Times conducted an exclusive... More

Derivatives Echo Chamber

The business press largely parroted industry on a massive, prescient ‘94 GAO study

The Audit wants to know. What role did the press play in diffusing financial warnings in the years leading up... More

The Takeaway from the Health Care Summit

New euphemisms for the press to avoid

Tevi Troy, a visiting senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, writing on The Fox Forum, the news blog of Fox... More

Technology as Politics

The teleprompter debate resurfaces

Last September, the media were aflutter with discussion of then-candidate Obama’s possible over-reliance on the teleprompter during various speaking engagements.... More

Baucus Watch, Part VI

The senator’s thoughts on financing health reform

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

Who Will Be at the Table? Part VI

Single-payer advocates are almost left off the invite list

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

Explaining COBRA

Let’s have some straight talk from the media

The ways in which laid-off workers will be helped under the stimulus bill’s COBRA provisions continue to be of great... More

Immature and Irresistible

Please stop covering Rush Limbaugh. Seriously.

Dear Everyone, Knock it off. Yes, after weeks of tomfoolery, Rush Limbaugh challenged President Obama to a debate. And it’s... More

About That 120 Day Deadline

Internal e-mail raises doubts on Obama’s Open Government Directive

There’s been a spate of attention paid this week to the Chief Technology Officer, a yet-to-be-filled federal position that Barack... More

A War on “Class Warfare”

The press sees red(s); history be damned!

There’s no denying that President Barack Obama’s proposed 2010 budget represents a major new policy agenda, and that it charts... More

Wanted: More Skepticism at The New York Times

When the word “nonprofit” has a deeper meaning

On Saturday, The New York Times’s new consumer feature, “Patient Money,” which discusses pocketbook issues relating to health care, tackled... More

WaPo: Where’s the CTO?

Back during the campaign, technophiles and transparency advocates were particularly excited by Barack Obama's pledge to appoint a Chief Technology... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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