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A Grand Bargain on entitlements?

The press is sending signals about Simpson-Bowles. How about explaining it?

To the average person, Nancy Pelosi’s May 20 interview with George Stephanopoulos probably seemed like standard procedure for a Sunday... More

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When a ‘birther’ story comes knocking

After congressman’s comments, a Denver TV station doesn’t let go

COLORADO — The so-called “birther” movement has emerged from hibernation, leaving media outlets this spring to figure out how best... More

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Herald’s Caputo dives deep on diverging polls

Do other news organizations undermine their credibility when they don’t do the same?

FLORIDA — Voters here have reason to be confused this week as they look at two polls, coming out one... More

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Many stations don’t factcheck super PAC ads: survey

Conference highlights difference in attitudes between industry, watchdog groups

Many local television stations do not consistently evaluate the accuracy of the political ads they air, according to survey results... More

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Outrage angle covered—now how about those gas price claims?

Here’s how the Denver Post and other battleground outlets can do better on the energy debate

Last week, the Denver Post ran a short “local news” piece headlined, “Political billboards in Colorado use energy policy to... More

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What’s the swingiest state of them all?

By any measure, Colorado is at the center of the action in 2012

COLORADO — The term “swing state” is bandied about constantly in an election year, often without a clear explanation of... More

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The over-covered image war

Journalists are exaggerating the risk that Mitt Romney will be “defined” early

The message war in the presidential election got underway in earnest last week, with the Obama campaign releasing a new... More

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Medicare and the $500 billion bogeyman

Will a half-truth still work for the GOP?

Republicans and their allies are dusting off an old $500 billion deception about Medicare, trying once more to scare seniors... More

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The entirely predictable failure of Americans Elect

A little poli-sci—or just recent history—would have helped pundits avoid the hype

On Thursday, the board of Americans Elect folded its presidential nominating process after the set of declared candidates repeatedly failed... More

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The Obama camp serves up a Bain story

Some local outlets take the bait, while others offer a closer look

NEVADA — One of the moments in the 2012 presidential race that we all know was coming arrived this week:... More

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Out of the living room, onto the trail

To gauge what’s really happening in the TV ad war, reporters need to talk to voters

The Living Room War was launched this week—the ferocious bombardment of attack ads that will make turning on a television... More

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Debating Amendment One in North Carolina

Faced with an opportunity to lead civic discussion and take a stand, some papers fare better than others

NORTH CAROLINA — Last week, North Carolina voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment One to the state constitution, defining marriage as between... More

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Health costs: Is Mass. the only model?

What about Vermont? (Not to mention Maryland)

We all know Obamacare is Romneycare and Romneycare is Obamacare and that the Bay State has set the standard for... More

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For TV, campaigns create big winners, (relative) losers

Political ads may not be all “gravy” for local stations—but they’re still an awfully good deal

When Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum suspended his presidential campaign last month, the former Pennsylvania senator all but sealed Mitt... More

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What it takes to win the White House

A review of Samuel L. Popkin’s The Candidate

The Candidate: What It Takes to Win—And Hold—The White House | By Samuel L. Popkin | Oxford University Press... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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