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Campaign Desk

Ghosts of Christmas Past, Future, and a Parallel Universe

Weird and wacky weigh-ins on Obama’s job so far

As the surprisingly active lame duck session draws to a close and the president’s third year in office draws... More

Social Security Under Attack

What the press had to say

When the president signed the tax bill Friday, a year’s worth of efforts aimed at modifying Social Security came to... More

What We Should Have Known All Along about Health Reform

Much handwringing about health care what-ifs

This week’s coverage of the Virginia court decision declaring health reform’s individual mandate unconstitutional was surprisingly thorough and contextual. What... More

A Boehner Column to Make You Cry

Evidence-free piece suggests Speaker an alcoholic

A pointy, oversized dart to Politics Daily columnist Matt Lewis’s head-scratchingly bad piece, “John Boehner's Crying: Is He Drinking Too... More

A Midsummer Donation Spike, With Context

Reports from recent campaign finance reports

There is much that can not be found in publicly available federal campaign finance reports: the identities of all the... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Jim Dobbs

What Social Security means to real people

This is the eighth in a series of posts that discuss how possible changes in Social Security will affect the... More

Australian Press Unites For Assange

Letter to PM could prove persuasive

As his lawyer alleges a grand jury in Virginia is working up charges to file against him, Julian Assange has... More

Health Care Wrap-Up

What the papers are saying about the Virginia decision

Federal judge Henry E. Hudson of Richmond, Va., ruled yesterday that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most Americans obtain... More

Remember When No Meant No

The Bloomberg-denies-running story industry

We get it media: you want New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run for president. We can’t blame you.... More

Other Views of Social Security

The MSM gives some equal time

Campaign Desk has been hard of late on some MSM outlets that have presented lopsided views of the Social Security... More

Frank Luntz Rides Again

The wordsmith and the public option

Word came Thursday that, last year, Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon had directed his staff to avoid using... More

A “Public Option” By Any Other Name…

Fox e-mails reveal top-down slant

‘Tis the season to be leaking. Media Matters is reporting today that it has acquired e-mails sent by Fox News... More

Bogus Trend Nomination: Bai’s Murmurs

New York Times’s empty primary challenge story

Slate media critic Jack Shafer, among others, has made a game of spotting bogus trend stories in the press. Generally... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Jude Love

What Social Security means to real people

This is the seventh in a series of posts that discuss how possible changes in Social Security will affect the... More

Assange in Australia

What his homeland press is saying

As WikiLeaks founder and frontman Julian Assange waits in custody, the press in his home country is going into WikiLeaks... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

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