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Campaign Desk

Some Stimulus Coverage More Stimulating Than Others

On the year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, figuring out good ways to cover the stimulus is... More

Q & A: David Barstow

The New York Times reporter talks about the Tea Party movement

As the conservative Tea Party movement has picked up steam over the past year, leading national media outlets—many of which... More

On the Social Security Battlefront

Reporters and their sources

For months, Campaign Desk has observed that reporters covering health reform have used the same sources over and over. Now... More

Does the Path to Middle East Peace Stop in Doha?

Al Jazeera’s influence on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

It is no secret that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more deadlocked than at any time since President Obama took office.... More

A Grecian Formula for Globalized News

The New York Times had a strong Sunday story about Wall Street’s role in masking the Greek debt that is... More

Sounding the Alarm, or Just Sounding Off?

Playing politics with national security may not be a great idea, after all

In his capacity as editor of The Washington Post’s editorial page, Fred Hiatt takes a lot of criticism—some of it... More

The Devil in the Details, Part VI

Needed: a health care primer for Fox News

Every lobbyist swarming Capitol Hill these days knows that, when it comes to legislation, the devil is always lurking in... More

It’s Still the Economy, Stupid

More indications that the economy drives political outcomes

One of the side effects of what’s been dubbed the “the permanent campaign” is a proliferation of reporting on public... More

The Times doubles up on Information Access

Yesterday The New York Times turned in two stories on news organizations’ recent usage of the Freedom of Information Act... More

Regulating Health Care, Part II

Anthem Blue Cross exposes the holes in rate regulation

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

Health Reform on C-SPAN

Is that really the issue?

Republicans waved a new flag of health reform opposition right after New Year’s, when Florida governor Charlie Crist attacked the... More

Unforced Error at Salon

“O’Keefe’s race problem” story goes astray on key detail

It’s not often that, barely a week after sparking a mini media circus by being arrested on federal property in... More

Is Health Reform Dead or Alive?

Wanted: a newsmaker to give us the word

Last week, one Washington insider asked a Washington journalist why she had not written that health reform was dead. The... More

O’Keefe, Etc.

A closer look at a couple more issues surrounding the conservative videographer

James O’Keefe is a hell of a problem for the press. Whatever else he is, O’Keefe is an instigator par... More

The Press After Citizens United

Campaign finance experts chime in on a new era

Over the last two weeks, reporters covering campaign finance have ably chronicled the scope and effects of the bitterly divided... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

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

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

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


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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