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Time Offers Half a Loaf

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

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


John Oliver video sweepstakes (The Awl)

“We may update this list next week to reflect Facebook shares gathered by The Awl as the result of this post, which is ultimately an elaborate excuse to embed a John Oliver video on our website”

Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

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