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Unintended Consequences

What the press should have known about health reform

During the health reform debate, the Obama administration stuck to its mantra—the law would bring competition to health care, which... More

NYT Noses Around, Still Knows Nothing

Whose $400,000 has the Coalition to Protect Seniors spent this election season?

For anyone who hasn't yet focused on the "shadowy army" of nonprofits spending record-breaking sums influencing the midterm elections, the... More

Seeing FOX for What It Is

News Corp donations mandate reevaluating the network’s role

Will this week mark the beginning of a new phase in the way that Fox News is perceived by the... More

A CJR Town Hall in the Badger State

Wisconsinites sound off about Russ Feingold

In this land of beer, brats, and the Packers, it is the autumn of discontent. Anger, distrust, apprehension, disaffection—these are... More

Whitman’s Nanny-gate, Day Two

California’s papers take on a new media frenzy

Big new media players owned the Meg Whitman housekeeper scandal that exploded on the West Coast yesterday, “rocking” and “shaking”... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Laurie Cooper

What Social Security means to real people

Before the year ends, the president’s deficit commission will bring forth a plan for cutting the deficit. While commission co-chairs... More

I Am (I Am, I Am) Super PAC

Making sense of campaign finance coverage may require super powers

Faster than a 527! More powerful than a political action committee! Able to influence elections with unlimited spending! It’s….. super... More

Media Critic In Chief

Obama on FOX and objectivity

President Obama used his interview with Rolling Stone to open a new offensive in the White House's verbal war with... More

Like a Rolling Stone

Jann Wenner asks the president about that McChrystal profile

The magazine that got General McChrystal fired comes at us next month with another Obama cover, this one bearing a... More

The Nixon Papers You Haven’t Seen

Historians challenge perpetual grand jury secrecy

The Public Citizen Litigation Group, the legal arm of the Ralph Nader-founded watchdog organization, is spearheading a court challenge filed... More

NYT Examines Most “Active” Among “Shadowy Army” of Nonprofits

But can’t tell us where Americans for Job Security gets its cash

On Friday, the New York Times’s Mike McIntire provided a detailed look at Americans for Job Security, one among, as... More

Unmet Promises in Times Front Page Story

Putting readers to work on negative ads

Last Friday we sang the praises of the Times magazine’s story on the Connecticut Senate race; today, alas, a... More

Distrust and Health Reform

The public smells a rat

A fine piece last Wednesday by Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown dissects what political prognosticators from Bill Clinton to Obama pollster... More

To Read This Weekend

The Times’s Matt Bai’s Excellent Connecticut Piece

One of the problems with an election cycle like the current one, in which so many local races are fascinating... More

What To Do with the “Pledge to America”?

“Front it!” says the media

Today’s morning papers were full of reports on the “Pledge to America,” the long-awaited sequel to 1994’s Congress-winning smash, the... 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


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

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!

Bloggingheads

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

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