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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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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