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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

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

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

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