Saturday, December 20, 2014. Last Update: Fri 5:42 PM EST

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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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