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The Globe knew about that Scott Brown lawsuit—and passed

On Thursday afternoon, Gawker reported that Scott Brown—the Republican whose victory in a special election in Massachusetts has cost Democrats... More

Medicare Kicks Out Fox Insurance

And therein lie some lessons for the press

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) took strong action the other day when it kicked Fox Insurance out... More

When a Story Comes Along, Must You Whip It?

Competing approaches to covering the legislative endgame

Since it became clear sometime during the past few weeks that the fate of health care reform rests in the... More

What Was Sebelius Saying?

David Gregory didn’t probe too deeply

The president and his staff have brought us to the stump-speech stage of health reform: the familiar talking points, the... More

Audit D.C. Notes: WSJ Good on Wall Street Muni Fees; Newsweek on Design, Bloomberg Goes Contrarian on Obama, Etc.

The Wall Street Journal digs into Build America Bonds, enacted as part of last year’s stimulus plan “to create jobs... More

A Weak Excuse for an Unemployment Story

The Washington Post takes some Senate bait for its page-one story about the long-term unemployed, and the result, is, well,... More

Strategic Error

Times Axelrod profile gets mixed up on messaging

Mark Leibovich’s front-page piece on the sufferings of David Axelrod in Sunday’s New York Times—the press apparently having decided to... More

Regulating Health Care, Part III

When is an insurance company too small to cover?

The pols and the advocacy groups have told us for months that health reform is supposed to produce tighter regulation... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Medicaid, Rest Stops, Galbraith, Etc.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities previews the upcoming congressional debate over whether to extend the federal support for... More

Support for WSJ’s Jobs Optimism is Thin

There’s plenty of green-shoot glory in the Journal’s Ahead of the Tape column, which uses accelerating corporate profits to help... More

Bad Diagnoses

The recent ‘Rahm’ stories offer plenty of prescriptions. Are we sure Obama is sick?

As my colleague Holly Yeager noted the other day, the spate of Rahm Emanuel stories that have lately been clogging... More

NYT’s Rose-Colored Small Biz Scenario

The New York Times paints an awfully pretty picture of older workers who decide to launch their own businesses. Trouble... More

Meme Change

It looks like an economic meme change is on the way, with some thoughtful columnists charting the course. The Times’s... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part X

Unintended consequences for low-income workers

Four years ago, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a far-reaching health reform law that politicians and the media hailed as... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Collender on reconciliation; WSJ on stalled jobs

--Stan Collender shows why he’s considered one of Washington’s brighter budget bulbs, with a Roll Call column that explains why... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

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