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Nevada GOP Shows How Not to Conduct a Caucus

Confusion, “clueless media policies,” day-late results

NEVADA — Political reporters here—after clearing some hurdles placed in their paths—have seized on two essential elements following Mitt Romney’s... More

USA Today Touts the Government’s Good News on Medicare

But was it the full story?

A few days ago USA Today trumpeted some health policy news: enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans is up and premiums... More

What Do Ohioans Want from Their Media?

Follow the money. Check the facts. And grow a pair.

OHIO — As the GOP presidential primary extravaganza continues to roll along, disenchantment has infected some observers—a.k.a., the voters. With... More

Ralston Grills the GOP Gang

In advance of Nevada caucus, tough questions for the candidates

NEVADA — It’s always refreshing to see a journalist who’s not afraid to ask the tough questions—especially the tough follow-up... More

What Mitt Really Believes About Entitlements

Protecting Social Security and Medicare

It’s hard to say if Mitt Romney’s declaration the other night in Florida that Republicans “will never go after Medicare... More

Rooting for the Race

Journalists are suddenly eager to admit the media is biased in favor of an extended campaign. Will they do anything about it?

In a column earlier this week, The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank penned a public love letter—to Newt Gingrich. Taking on... More

Three Thoughts on Mitt Romney’s ‘Very Poor’ Day

What makes for a gaffe, what Medicaid really does, and what lame questions!

Herewith, a trio of thoughts on the political-media story that won the day on February 1: Mitt Romney’s statement on... More

Super PAC Reporting: Recommended Reading

Because you know you need to get up to speed

Maybe you know someone—a friend—who keeps hearing about Super PACs, knows he should know more about what they are, where... More

Romney’s Hispanic Support: About That Florida Poll

Reporters must tell readers about polls’ shortcomings

FLORIDA—Late Saturday night, the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald released the results of a new Mason-Dixon survey of... More

A Laurel to The Record

For a disturbing tale of sickness and medical expense

Lindy Washburn’s piece in the Bergen Record about medical debt and how it can cripple even those people with health... More

Las Vegas Review-Journal Asks Four Key Questions…

…But doesn’t help readers evaluate candidates’ answers

NEVADA — “Is it safe?” It’s the short question a former Nazi dentist asks of a grad student (Dustin Hoffman)... More

Medicare Versus Obamacare

The fight begins in Florida

In the last few days, three mainstream news outlets elevated “Medicare: The Political Story” into the headlines. It was good... More

The Presidential Energy Narrative

Campaign coverage takes on a green hue

In the last week, President Obama has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, focused his first campaign ad on clean energy,... More

For Obama’s Vegas Visit, Competing Press Angles

As Sun explores natural gas agenda, Review-Journal delves into the “briar patch”

This post has been updated since it was first published to include discussion of the first Review-Journal story. NEVADA —... More

In Florida, the GOP Woos Hispanic Voters

Can the press push the candidates past pandering?

MIAMI, FLORIDA — The Hispanic Leadership Network is a center-right political advocacy organization that, in its single year of existence,... More

PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay - Piece argues public broadcaster has fallen under the sway of political influence and outside money

Should all journalists be on Twitter? - Reasons to take up or forgo the 140-character platform

Chris Hondros: How He Got that Picture - From CJR’s Covering Iraq oral history

Beware journo-speak - Only journalists would call a tragedy a “mishap”

Will feminist writers save Playboy? - As Playboy’s safe-for-work site has passed the one-month mark, a look at the online media’s bedazzled reactions, and how the new image suits the old brand


Lawmakers on why they’re mired in place (Esquire)

Mark Warren “spoke with 90 members of the House and Senate about what’s gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional.”

My childhood friend, the ISIS jihadist (Mashable)

How a young Danish man turned extremist

What it’s like to carry a Nobel Prize through Fargo (SciAm)

“And they’re like, ‘Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?’ ‘The King of Sweden.’ ‘Why did he give this to you?’ ‘Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.’”

Newspapers prefer lesbians (Bloomberg)

In five states that just got gay marriage, the vast majority of local papers covered it with photos of women getting hitched

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