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Chipping Away at Health Reform, Part II

Ron Wyden’s lost program

Throughout the health care debate, Oregon senator Ron Wyden worried whether Americans who will be required to buy health insurance... More

Uncivil Wars

The president should be more civil, whatever that means

With Wednesday’s deficit speech and Thursday night’s leaked comments about “sneak”-ing through agendas and Paul Ryan not being “on... More

Chipping Away at Health Reform

Some not-so-great news for consumers

The health reform law, aka the Affordable Care Act, took a hit last week. Many journos, though, were apparently snoozing.... More

Conservatives Get Colorful on Obama’s Deficit Speech

More subdued libs are mostly pleased

The president’s speech yesterday was notable to my ears for two things: the surprisingly direct attack on Rep. Paul... More

Two Non-Plans for the Deficit

Slate and Times op-eds suggest Obama slack off

Relatively vague previews of the president’s big deficit speech today suggest he will tout cuts to Medicare, limits on... More

AP Staffers Picket Bureaus Across The Country (UPDATED)

Frustrations on the rise over pension impasse

AP staffers in thirty-nine bureaus across the country picketed outside their bureau offices early this week, pressuring the news wire... More

Health Care in the Real World

A lesson for the fuzzy-headed bureaucrats—and for the press

Steve Luxenberg, an associate editor at The Washington Post, gives a different twist on covering high-deductible health plans, that new... More

What’s With Karl Rove’s Wiki?

Salon explains while NYT doesn’t finish its thought

Wikicountablity.org is not Karl Rove's wiki, photos of Karl Rove accompanying the New York Times's two Wikicountability stories (and my... More

Q&A with NPR Ombudswoman Alicia Shepard (UPDATED)

“This is really the first time in NPR’s grown-up history that it’s been under siege.”

When Alicia Shepard became NPR’s ombudswoman in October 2007, she knew there would be challenges—public broadcasters are always going... More

A Good Social Security Story—At Last

Reuters shows it can be done

Last week Reuters sent out a fine piece by Emily Kaiser that helped readers understand what the Social Security fight... More

The Problem with Covering Polls

Daily Caller mistakes opinion for fact

Thursday afternoon, Daily Caller editor Tucker Carlson tweeted the link to a story on his website, saying "and the poor... More

Covering Medicare Archive

A complete archive of Trudy Lieberman’s “Covering Medicare” articles

This is an archive of Trudy Lieberman's "Covering Medicare" articles, presented in descending order. 08/15/12: Medicare, Paul Ryan, and beyond:... More

Covering Medicare, Part I

A mixed performance from the press

Perhaps no other health issue is as important to so many Americans now and in the future as Medicare. Without... More

Department of Thin Skin

Toobin: Don’t “blame journalists”

Jeffrey Toobin has a column in the current New Yorker in which he discusses the current Supreme Court's "revolution in... More

Politico’s David Rogers Owning the Budget Beat

First stop in following the negotiations

Is there anyone doing as good a job tracking federal budget negotiations as Politico’s David Rogers? The man’s been a... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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