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Keeping an Eye on Patient Safety, Part IV

Sac Bee catches nursing home lies

Slowly the public is coming to realize that health care institutions are not always safe places. Since the Institute of... More

Sound Off

How audience reaction distorts political debates

Ah, another week, another gimmick-ridden Republican debate. Tomorrow’s, in Orlando, is billed as the Fox News/Google debate and is held... More

Profiling Paint Creek

CBS News, NYT point the way

So, you’re a member of the national media tasked with heading to west Texas to capture for your non-west Texas... More

Passing Interference

As politicians find new ways to connect with voters, journalists need a fresh playbook

At the Poynter site last week, Jason Fry had a sharp post about a major change reshaping the sports journalism... More

On priorities and presidents

If you tuned into one of the Sunday morning talk shows yesterday—that most coveted of political press spots, conveying what... More

Perry Misleads on RomneyCare

Socialized medicine, really?

It's becoming clear that Rick Perry has never met a buzzword he doesn’t like. We’ve heard that Social Security is... More

Palin’s Basketball Diaries

Yes, we've been reviewing the media's coverage of social security and health care and the jobs plan, but we've also... More

Conflict in Israel?

A problematic speaking deal at The New York Times

Running the Jerusalem bureau for The New York Times is a tough job in a hypersensitive area, one that attracts... More

Deep Health Care Problems under Rick Perry’s Watch

Deep in the heart of Texas

With the media hyper-focused on Texas governor Rick Perry’s not-too-flattering comments about Social Security, health care in his state seems... More

Rhetorical Differences

Drew Westen misses the constraints on Obama’s presidential oratory

About five weeks ago, the psychology professor Drew Westen published a very long and not very persuasive essay in The... More

Forget That Ponzi Scheme Stuff

It’s the tax holiday, stupid

At the end of August, Nebraska senator Ben Nelson, a Democrat up for reelection next year, told members of the... More

Diverse Concerns

The unfortunate messages sent by Telemundo’s debate treatment

Among the stranger moments of the MSNBC-Politico debate last night was the brief cameo of a Spanish-language journalist—the “Brian Williams... More

An Inflated Claim

After Republican debate, facts needed on monetary policy

Last night was debate night for the Republican presidential contenders, which means today is “fact-check” day for the political press.... More

Poking Holes in the Massachusetts Mantra

The part of the story that the Times didn’t tell

Sunday’s New York Times piece comparing the records of GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Jon Huntsman on... More

A More Than Marginally Embarrassing Mistake

USA Weekend caught flatfooted on tax goof

See update at bottom of this post. I don’t want to encroach too far onto Craig Silverman’s territory, but USA... 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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