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What We’re Learning About Hospitals, Part One

A laurel to National Journal

Beware the Affordable Care Act! That was the message of a fine National Journal piece that thoroughly investigated the current... More

Dear John King

Some thoughts on debate questions

A day before the CNN Arizona Republican debate, moderator John King sits down to take your questions live. Send your... More

Words of Warning on the Payroll Tax

The media ponders the wisdom behind the tax holiday’s extension

Last week, Congress voted to extend the payroll tax holiday through the end of 2012. Social Security supporters have argued... More

Why We Love The Political Gabfest

Slate’s jocular, incisive podcast builds and engages an audience

It was a little before five last Wednesday evening when the “tall Mormon” walked into Antarctica, a bar in lower... More

The Case of the Missing Premium

Transparency for health insurance?

The Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that health insurers and employers must provide more information to consumers... More

The Elusive Hunt for the ‘Real Romney’

How the search for a politician’s true identity leads to pathological media coverage

Though he launched his first run for president more than five years ago, Mitt Romney is still widely seen as... More

At WFLA, Good Questions for Obama…

…but Tampa’s viewers deserved a more balanced report

FLORIDA — As I listened to the question being asked I started to groan a bit: “Yesterday you released your... More

The Right-Wing Media’s Discipline Machine

Talk radio and Fox News bully the GOP candidates into line—and, in the process, offer a narrow vision of conservatism

When Mitt Romney was asked at a New Hampshire town hall in June 2011 about climate change, he probably did... More

KLAS-TV’s Eight Minutes With the President (and His Message)

On the housing crisis and souvenir M&Ms

NEVADA — All day long Tuesday, Las Vegas’s CBS affiliate, KLAS-TV, touted its exclusive, one-on-one interview with President Obama. In... More

Q&A: Robert Higgs, editor of PolitiFact Ohio

On the site’s mission and impact, and on “truth vigilantes”

OHIO — “Just the facts, ma’am.” At the risk of exposing my, er, maturity, I thought that phrase, famously attributed... More

Don Berwick, Press Critic

Observations from Medicare’s former top guy

Don Berwick, something of a folk hero to journos covering health care, had a heart-to-heart with the Association of Health... More

Kudos to The New York Times

At last, a good man-on-the-street story

Reporters Binyamin Appelbaum and Robert Gebeloff deserve praise for their piece in Sunday’s Times showing how some of the good... More

Mitt Romney’s Soul: The Search is On

But not much luck so far

Mitt Romney is: A phony An Eagle Scout The Dad who’s never home The man you want to marry but... More

Some Mistakes at MoneyWatch

A little more homework needed on Social Security, please

A recent CBS MoneyWatch piece titled “Social Insecurity” was one of those breezy, glib stories that seemed to telegraph important... More

It’s Caucus Day in Colorado: Where’s the Content?

Campaign presented as theater in the Denver Post

COLORADO — It’s caucus day here in Colorado, and recent campaign coverage from the state’s largest paper has been disappointingly... 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”

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