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Adieu, Medicare Advantage?

Another insurer gets in trouble

A week or so ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ordered WellCare, the super-aggressive seller of Medicare... More

Where’s the Plan?

The media score well on their first-day budget stories

Yesterday morning, a friend e-mailed asking for my take on the President’s plan for health reform. Perhaps she was looking... More

Above the Fold: Barack’s Bold Budget

“The most radical document of its kind since Reagan’s first year in office”

Barack Obama's budget proves he was serious when he promised fundamental change if he became president. Everyone in the MSM... More

The Unemployment Line

More context is needed when reporting unemployment statistics

Unemployment numbers, like all good statistics, can be deceiving. Sometime next week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the... More

In Search of Lost Timelines

The Iraq drawdown extension and the end of the age of the “newsdump”

Yesterday afternoon, during the buildup to last night's State-of-the-Union-in-all-but-name, the administration leaked some rather important information to the press: President... More

FOX Business Fights with FOIA

Bringing in bailout documents—and viewers

By September 23, the federal government was already facing ample criticism over inadequate disclosure of basic information on its ballooning... More

Mandating Health Coverage Makes a Comeback

The President and the man on the street

Last night, with his voice full of force, the President boomed: “Health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait,... More

Look Who’s Talking Now?

A quiz about the reactions to last night’s presidential address

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Below you’ll find a list of fifteen slightly obscured quotations from newspapers... More

Assessing Jindal

Critics look past the delivery and slam the speech’s substance

Bobby Jindal, the thirty-seven-year-old governor of Louisiana, delivered the Republican response to Pres. Obama's faux-state-of-the-union address last night. It was... More

Divining Obama’s Health Care Budget

Early signals and the need for sharp eyes

Sam Stein, who blogs at the Huffington Post, apparently has a pipeline to the health care gods—in this case, a... More

Q and A: St. Petersburg Times’s Bill Adair

Behind the scenes of the Obameter

Just in time for the inauguration, the St. Petersburg Times expanded its Politifact operation to launch the Obameter, a running... More

Tales from the FBI’s Crypt

WaPo’s Joe Stephens FOIAs the dead

Last Thursday, readers of The Washington Post woke up to find an interesting— but hardly timely—story on the front page... More

The Wise and the Reckless

On the housing plan and the “unscrupulous or irresponsible”

In Phoenix Wednesday, President Obama introduced the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan as an effort that would neither “rescue the... More

Update on Medicare Advantage Plans

The administration’s unfinished business

At the tail end of the presidential campaign, Barack Obama said he wanted to reduce the federal government’s overpayments to... More

Nothing To See Here, Ms. Iseman

The Times concedes nothing

The New York Times has just posted a “Note to Readers” regarding last year's highly controversial story that included information... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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