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Campaign Desk

A Big Omission at NBC

Whatever happened to Social Security?

NBC Nightly News took on retirement income the other day and found most Americans’s savings will come up short. The... More

Egypt’s Revolution through My Students’ Eyes

Arab reporters bear witness to Mubarak’s fall

“I was attacked today when I tried to protect some foreigners.” The Facebook message arrived in my inbox early afternoon... More

The Flack Who Shared Too Much

When can a news organization expect silence?

All it was missing was the siren. Late Monday night, Politico broke the news that a congressman’s spokesman may have... More

How a Defense Contract Is Won

NYT’s Boeing report left out the lobbying

You're a giant aerospace company pursuing a defense contract potentially worth $100 billion: so, what's your lobbying budget for that?... More

The Return of Socialized Medicine

Mike Huckabee resurrects the bogeyman

Mike Huckabee, presumed presidential aspirant, is preaching the gospel of socialized medicine by attacking the Massachusetts reform law, of all... More

“Tweaking” Health Reform

Who pays the price for the changes?

Lost in MSM coverage of the president’s budget and hype over a government shutdown has been reportage about the various... More

Fake David Koch Calls Real Scott Walker

My headline basically says it all. Posing as the billionaire businessman and conservative-cause-funding David Koch (you may know him from... More

Safety Tips for Female Correspondents

How to minimize the risk of sexual assault while on the job

The attack on Lara Logan of CBS was a worst-case scenario for many female reporters. Yet gropes and unwanted advances... More

Pinning Down the Pols

NPR misses again on Social Security story

A few days ago, NPR’s Morning Edition brought together Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican, and Sen. Mark Warner, a... More

The Budget Narrative

The press goes astray on Social Security

For most of last year and so far into this one, the media has passed along the narrative that Social... More

“How You Raise Money” in D.C. (Hint: “Frugging”)

WaPo on Gingrich’s “money-making machine”

That Newt Gingrich's sanguinely named 527 group, American Solutions for Winning the Future, "pulls in big money" has been reported.... More

Q&A: New York Times Reporter Jackie Calmes

“The Internet has changed how you report on the budget”

At 9:30 am last Monday, New York Times White House correspondent Jackie Calmes began poring through five fat volumes of... More

Left, Right, and Center: A budget analysis roundup

A budget worth shellacking or perfect politics?

We’ve all had a day or so to chew over President Obama’s proposed 2012 budget—a $3.7 trillion plan that... More

Minnesota Public Radio Takes on Pawlenty

It was good to see Minnesota Public Radio get an early start truth squading an emerging candidate for the GOP... More

The Many Hats of Jonathan Gruber

Dissecting a health care expert’s words

Campaign Desk has written about Jonathan Gruber many times—his role in building Obamacare; his television appearances touting the Massachusetts model;... 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

Bloggingheads

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

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