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The Cost of Living Archive

An archive of Trudy Lieberman’s “The Cost of Living” articles

Below, you will find links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s “The Cost of Living” series, in descending order. 02/02/11:... More

The Cost of Living

How cardiologists used the press

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

Audit Notes: Bloomberg on Why It’s Hard Being Green; K Street Roll Call; Reuters on AIG’s latest, etc.

--Bloomberg has a smart take on the problem of subsidizing green jobs: a lot of them are created in China.... More

The Ethics of Undercover Journalism

Why journalists get squeamish over James O’Keefe’s tactics

When news broke in late January that James O’Keefe and three other men, two of whom were costumed as telephone... More

Landrieu on the Line

Two Louisiana political reporters on why James O’Keefe’s Landrieu story wasn’t news to them

When ACORN provocateur James O’Keefe and three accomplices were arrested at Sen. Mary Landrieu’s New Orleans office last week in... More

Hearts, Minds, and the Satellite Dish

America’s televised message in the Arab world is dull and poorly managed

CAIRO—The United States government has on occasion distressed over the nature of TV news in the Arab world and its... More

Questions for Question Time

Presidential Q&As may not be the key to better politics

The widespread media enthusiasm that greeted President Obama’s televised Q&A last Friday with Republican congressmen now has an official outlet.... More

Target-Rich Environment

We’re all for flood-the-zone coverage of the budget, so a tip of The Audit’s green eyeshade to The Wall Street... More

Reality Check at the NewsHour

Obama nationalizing health care? Hardly

Republicans may have succeeded in stalling health care reform, at least for now. But that doesn’t mean the press should... More

A Path out of the Health Care Mess?

Still no guidance from the president

As readers of Campaign Desk know, we have long questioned the president’s leadership on health care, his number one domestic... More

A Tale of Two Jonathans

Overusing sources and full disclosure—some lessons for the press

Jonathan Gruber is an economist from MIT. Jonathan Oberlander is a political scientist from the University of North Carolina. Both... More

Assessing Obama

The press and the pundits evaluate the State of the Union

President Obama’s first State of the Union address is in the books, and by the morning after the process of... More

Audit D.C. Notes: Take a bow, NYT; LAT on foreign bonds; a WSJ tweak, etc.

What with the jumble of spending freeze/deficit projection/debt commission/federal budget/State of the Union coverage out there, it wouldn’t surprise us... More

“A Bad Cartoon,” or “A Big Nothing”?

Conservative media reacts to the O’Keefe arrest

The story that had the political media buzzing yesterday was the arrest of James O’Keefe, the conservative, pimp-playing activist who... More

Did the ‘Cornhusker Kickback’ Sink Coakley?

Figuring out why voters made the choice they did is a tricky task

In the ongoing effort to explain Scott Brown’s Senate victory in Massachusetts—a win that has not only thrown health care... 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”

Bloggingheads

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

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