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Audit D.C. Notes: Revisiting Bai on Blumenauer, Cato Purge, Labor Day Lesson

Last week I grumbled about a New York Times portrait of Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) written by Matt Bai. There... More

What Really Happened in Takhar?

Who you trust for news on Afghanistan depends on your politics

There was an air strike this week in Takhar, a province wedged between Badakhshan and Baghlan in northeastern Afghanistan. The... More

A Swedish Shield, Unraised

How much protection can WikiLeaks offer?

Julian Assange, the public face of the secret-sharing site WikiLeaks, has recently been spending a lot of time in Sweden.... More

Keeping an Eye on Hospital Safety

A Laurel to the Las Vegas Sun

Slowly the public is coming to realize that hospitals are not always safe places. When the Institute of Medicine published... More

Hospital Safety Series

An archive of Trudy Lieberman’s recurring series on hospital safety

Here are the links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman's "Keeping an Eye on Hospital Safety" series, presented in descending... More

Q & A: Politico’s Maggie Haberman

“One of the best things that has happened for Charlie Rangel is that his biggest enemy is the New York Post.”

Maggie Haberman covered New York politics for over a decade at the New York Post, with a three-and-a-half-year stint at... More

New Job, Less Pay

The NYT looks at wages in the recovery

The New York Times does good work today, looking at an issue that hasn’t received enough attention: “the quality of... More

Iraq’s Alternate Endings

The papers on Obama’s Iraq address

According to the White House, last might marked the end of the Iraq War and the fulfilment of a promise... More

Social Security in the Heartland: Ronald Eaker

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

“Electoral Armageddon” For Dems

Poll sets tongues wagging, knees shaking

Gallup’s latest polling on the Generic Ballot—which measures whether registered voters would rather vote for a Republican or Democrat in... More

Glenn Beck Reimagines Whiteness

And the media can’t cope

It’s rare that an event can provoke columns that carry such contradictory teasers as “Don’t ridicule Glenn Beck’s tribute to... More

Q&A: The Washington Post’s Chief Maryland Reporter, John Wagner

“If the Republican wins in Maryland then it’s going to be a big night for Republicans in the country.”

After stalking John Edwards as part of the Raleigh News and Observer’s Washington bureau, reporter John Wagner moved to The... More

The Glenn Beck Numbers Game

The number matters, but which number?

With no official headcounter at the National Mall, Glenn Beck’s determinedly non-political “Restoring Honor” rally has the media dusting off... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Kurtz Conflicted, Citizens United Reconsidered, Privatization Debated

Howard Kurtz’s dual roles as Washington Post media writer and CNN host have come under plenty of scrutiny before. But... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Maddow on Katrina, WaPo on Mystery Dems, What Dodd Didn’t Ask

It’s good to see all the coverage of New Orleans five years after Katrina. But Rachel Maddow’s show Thursday night... More

Reporters fail to capture implications of pension provision - A ‘big shift’ tucked into the spending bill goes under-examined

The New Republic: A public trust or a business? - How Chris Hughes turned a 100-year-old publication into a “product”

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014

The problem with sharing uncredited photos - “Just because you put something on the internet does not give people the right to steal it”


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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