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Glenn Beck Going Back to Silversmithing?

Beck explains why he’s jumping off the horse

First: a confession. I have not been a particularly diligent media reporter where Glenn Beck is concerned. In fact,... More

Reporting on High-Deductible Plans

A shout-out to two in the MSM

A tip of the topper to two reporters who took a good look at high-deductible health plans—the kind that can... More

Some Clarity Amid Budget Proposal Confusion

Jon Ward breaks down the Obama and Ryan numbers

Paul Ryan’s budget proposal—described as “radical” by some and hailed by others as if fresh from the summit of... More

The Littlest Press Shop

Sacramento reporters like Brown’s scaled-back press approach; mostly

Just five days into his latest term in the Sacramento statehouse, California governor Jerry Brown announced that he was cutting... More

Ryan’s Whopper $4 Trillion

Where it will come from and what it might mean

House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) visited Fox News Sunday this weekend and confirmed last week’s reporting suggesting a... More

A Missing Health Policy Story

A “study says” piece gets short shrift

The most underreported health story of this past week was, in my view, one that came out of the RAND... More

Another Cozy TV-Hospital Partnership

Will the practice ever end?

Once more, a large hospital system has climbed in bed with a friendly TV station to promote high-end services, using... More

Times Has Giffords’ Impact on Arizona Senate Race

But we have to keep some perspective here

In some ways it feels morbid to urge caution for those envisioning a swift fairytale return to politics for... More

Covering “Crazy”

“Goldwater rule” overlooked in articles about Qaddafi, Sheen, and Loughner

The media has a penchant for psychoanalysis that often gets news outlets into trouble. From killers to celebrities to dictators,... More

Times’s Solid Report on Failed Mortgage Rescue Programs

An economic calamity and its human faces

A must-read A1 story in The New York Times today digs into the multi-level failings of President Obama’s foreclosure rescue... More

A New Entry in the Health Care Lexicon

Beware of “centralized medical planning”

Lawrence Hunter, a contributor on Forbes.com, took on President Obama the other day, listing a number of White House initiatives... More

Obama Leaves the Pundits Wanting More

Libya speech did little to clear up the unclear

If the president had hoped last night’s speech would quash claims that the purpose and objective of our intervention... More

The Government’s Shutting Down (Maybe)

But what does that mean?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that the White House and Democrats in Congress have come up with about... More

A Shout Out to the Times’s Thomas Kaplan

For a truthful tale about medical malpractice reform

The New York Times’s man in Albany, Thomas Kaplan, is on the malpractice case—that is, the state legislature’s efforts to... More

The Real Problem with Fox News

A case study

On Thursday night, Fox News anchor Bret Baier was Jon Stewart’s guest on The Daily Show. The two men went... 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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