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Campaign Desk

President Obama’s First News Conference: Superlatives!

Fifty-eight minutes of excitement!

Best Question: Jake Tapper, ABC News TAPPER: “The American people have seen hundreds of billions of dollars spent already. And... More

Vetting Daschle’s Replacement

And the wisdom of the crowd

Call it citizen journalism or citizen participation, but the Internet has been full of stories about Tom Daschle’s would-be replacement... More

Excluded Voices

An interview with Timothy Jost

The past year’s health care discussion has been remarkable for the narrow range of ideas and opinions that have floated... More

The $64 Billion Tax Break

NYT and Post downplay the Senate stimulus bill’s upper-middle class tax break

The top stories in both The New York Times and The Washington Post today focused on the bipartisan Senate committee... More

See-Through Stimulus

Is Capitol Hill writing a transparent recovery?

As the Senate rips pages out of the prospective stimulus bill, the world seems focused on where the money is... More

Baucus Watch, Part V

Smoke signals—when exactly will health reform happen?

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

Defining “Middle Class”

Joe Biden and the White House Task Force on the Middle Class

In the midst of the debates leading up to the recent presidential election, the governor of Alaska said something to... More

Winners & Sinners

Kaiser on Daschle, Newsweek, Philip Bennett, and more

Winners: Barack Obama, and the American people, for not getting Tom Daschle as their new Secretary of Health and Human... More

Late Filing

There's something missing from the top of this New York Times story on how "competing ambitions" for "Washington's financial rewards"... More

Bipartisan Talk

WaPo discusses the word at length

Monday’s Washington Post had an oddly long take on “bipartisanship” gracing its front page. Is bipartisanship about the act of... More

The Daschle Dilemma

Let’s step up scrutiny of the cabinet picks

Earlier today, former senator Tom Daschle—embroiled in controversy over $128,000 in unpaid taxes—withdrew from consideration for the Secretary of Health... More

My O’Reilly Ambush

A CJR editor’s unexpected interview

My usual bus-stop companions are an Irish man with an interesting cap and a tall young Indian woman with a... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part V

The hospitals begin to take their seats

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

Mr. Daschle and His Speaking Fees

What “policy advice” did he give to United Healthcare?

Only the naïve would expect a public official to be pure as an angel these days, what with today’s megabuck... More

The Openness Ombudsman

D.C.’s new FOIA ombuds office is finally taking shape

Stakeholders in government information policy—academics, lawyers, advocates, officials, and bureaucrats—gathered today at American University’s Washington College of Law to discuss... 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


‘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”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

Fake news sites using Facebook to spread Ebola panic (The Verge)

“These sites claim to be satirical but lack even incompetent attempts at anything resembling humor”

Bloggingheads

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

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