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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

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

On the ground in Aleppo (Syria Deeply)

Francesca Borri on reporting from a razed city

Bloggingheads

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

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