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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

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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