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Bartlett on Shallow Think Tanks—and How the Press Jumps in Them

Think tanks are in Washington’s DNA. But despite their outsized role in our politics and policy debates, the press rarely... More

Merrill Goozner on Tom Friedman

Why health care costs so much

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman waded into the weeds of health care costs yesterday with a column about a... More

An Error, an Oversight, and an Overreaction

A closer look at the Domenech/CBS/White House imbroglio

Is there anything left to say about the Domenech-Kagan affair? Howard Kurtz’s story in last Friday’s Washington Post describing the... More

Sebelius Watch

Does the administration want to make seniors wait longer for Medicare?

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has emerged as the person to watch as the Obama administration scrambles to... More

Sebelius Watch Archive

Below, you will find links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s “Sebelius Watch” series, in descending order. 09/14/10: Sebelius Watch,... More

Bad News for Ben Nelson?

The Cornhusker Kickback still grates on Nebraskans

A few days ago, I found myself a visitor in Lincoln, Nebraska, a city where I cut my teeth as... More

Audit D.C. Notes: The Post Explains Competing Stern Narratives; NYT on the Revolting Revolving Door, John Kay on the Failures of Economics

Since Politico’s Ben Smith reported Andy Stern’s planned exit from SEIU on Monday, there have been competing narratives applied to... More

License to Kill, Part II

Waiting for coverage of the al-Awlaki standard

On April 6, government officials let it be known that the CIA, like the military’s Joint Special Operations Command, has... More

WaPo, with Optimistic-but-Anonymous Officials, Spins Deficit Story Forward

The Washington Post’s page-one story about the federal deficit is generating a lot of buzz, as it should. It’s got... More

The Never-Ending Story

Inside Huffington Post’s 11,000-word piece on progressive Democrats

Media critics like to wonder whether there’s a place on the Web for long-form narrative journalism. But evidence that such... More

Finishing The Treatment

The New Republic ends its health care blog

Campaign Desk was sorry to see Jonathan Cohn’s last post on The New Republic’s health reform blog, The Treatment. Cohn... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Salon Asks Where the Women Are; WaPo on the American Dream, Revised; AP on “Years of Protocol”

Salon has a smart follow-up to a Politico piece we noted last week about a new generation of pundits. While... More

Columnists Call the Turn, Wonder Why the Rest of Us Don’t

There’s a new view taking hold in the commentariat: the U.S. economy is in much better shape, but the public—and... More

The Devil in the Details, Part VIII

What’s really in store for seniors on Medicare?

Health reform is now the law of the land, and the 2,000 or so pages of the legislation contain lots... More

Meet the Supreme Court Front-Runners

The media speculate on the identity of John Paul Stevens’s successor

Now that Justice John Paul Stevens has gone and announced his upcoming retirement from the Supreme Court, we know what... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

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

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