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Lessons in Rahmology

The arc of a who’s-up, who’s-down story

The Washington Post gives White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel the page-one attention that befits this big personality with... More

Differing Takes on Reconciliation

Finding the soundbites, and missing the meaning, in Kent Conrad’s remarks

Stenography-as-reporting tends to get a bad name because it allows politicians to say false or misleading things without being held... More

The Cost of Living, Part III

Are the docs really going to drop their patients?

Containing the runaway cost of medical care is the thorniest of all the thorny issues in the health-reform debate. There’s... More

Takeaway from the Summit

Decoding what was said during yesterday’s health care reform meeting

For weeks leading up to the president’s health care summit yesterday, the media tossed around phrases like ‘kabuki dance,’ ‘dog-and-pony... More

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow?

Rubio’s haircut isn’t—or shouldn’t be—the story

On his way to a truly spectacular and ignominious flame-out, John Edwards seems to have left at least one political... More

A Few Sour Notes In National Journal’s Chamber Piece

National Journal goes in a good direction this week, with a long look at a powerful Washington institution that gets... More

The Cost of Living, Part II

A shout-out to the San Francisco Chronicle

Containing the runaway cost of medical care is the thorniest of all the thorny issues in the health-reform debate. There’s... More

News Flash: Obama WILL Run for Reelection.

A CJR conversation on today’s Politico “exclusive”

This morning, the front page of Politico announced an exclusive story. The headline? "W.H. privately plots 2012 campaign run." This... More

Audit D.C. Notes: A Meta, Mega-Krugman Profile; State Tax-Receipt Nosedive; Traffic Tix as Revenue Source? Maybe.

--Larrissa MacFarquhar’s 10,000-word New Yorker profile of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has kind of a meta-feel to it,... More

WSJ Ledes on the OPR Report

Elsewhere, confused language makes for confusing copy

When reading through the major papers’ coverage of the release of a series of documents surrounding the department’s investigation into... More

Digging Deep

Beyond day one on the torture ethics report

It can’t be fun. Late on a Friday, some important, extremely controversial, highly complicated, and very long government document drops.... More

CJR Holds a Town Hall Meeting

And finds a cross-section of public opinion on health reform

The polls continue to say that roughly half of Americans don’t support health reform. A Zogby poll finds that about... More

Sebelius Discovers More Rate Increases

And the press finally takes note

We were pleased to see HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discover that high rate increases proposed by Anthem Blue Cross were... More

Marco Rubio and the Republican Elite

Wielding national political power without elite support is a pipe dream

Marco Rubio seems to be the breakout star of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, the yearly gathering of right-wing... More

The Anthem Saga Revisited

What exactly was the Times trying to tell us?

The story idea seemed reasonable—a follow-up to the news that Anthem Blue Cross planned to raise rates on individual policies... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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