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Deep Trouble

Halperin and Heilemann’s game-changing attribution

Is there a single journalistic quirk more likely to cause post-publication tsuris than the varying taxonomies of “off the record,”... More

Reid Aloud

Reid’s comments weren’t really like Lott’s. Journalists shouldn’t let people pretend that they were

When a political dispute breaks out, should reporters simply “report the controversy,” or instead attempt to referee and resolve it?... More

Stumbling over the Cadillac Plan Tax

Stephanopoulos tries; Romer fumbles

If viewers were hungry for a little health care info yesterday from the talk shows, they wouldn’t have learned much... More

When Does a News Outlet Become a Press Agent?

Ben Nelson and the Fremont (Nebraska) Tribune

Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson has been in trouble with his constituents ever since he cast the crucial sixtieth vote to... More

Reform, or “Reform”?

Mixed results as press tries to gauge meaning of Dodd’s retirement

This story has been updated. See note at conclusion. The upcoming retirement of Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), and what it... More

What’s So Funny?

A little less levity could be good for Dana Milbank

This week’s media news included the tidbit that The Washington Post's Dana Milbank, who’s been poking fun at D.C.’s political... More

Kudos to The Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette

For localizing the health reform story

Before Christmas, Kate Long, the writing coach for The Charleston Gazette, contacted me about the media’s disinterest in the Children’s... More

Dust-up at The Washington Post

And new questions about the new news services

This weekend the Internet was all a-twitter over a piece that The Washington Post ran right before New Year’s, headlined:... More

Trudy Lieberman Entitlement Reform Archive

A complete archive of Trudy Lieberman’s articles on Social Security reform and Obama’s deficit commission

This is a list of every article on the subject of entitlement reform that Trudy Lieberman has written for Campaign... More

Best of 2009: Trudy Lieberman

Lieberman picks her top stories from 2009

1. The "Baucus Watch" series: Sixteen posts that describe the machinations, in-fighting, and political pressure on the Senate Finance Committee... More

Best of 2009: Greg Marx

Marx picks his top stories from 2009

The Wrong Stuff This piece was a lot of fun to work on, because it involved doing some reporting to... More

Setting the Record Straight

The president, the press, and the public option

In an interview with The Washington Post yesterday, President Barack Obama rejected criticism that he had compromised too much just... More

An Oops at USA Today

Exactly what was Ben Nelson’s position?

Waiting in a train station in Bath, England, yesterday as I wondered what was happening with health reform, I spotted... More

The Polarization Express

You can’t blame legislative gridlock on polarization alone

Dana Milbank had an interesting column over the weekend countering the conventional wisdom on Joe Lieberman: rather than undergoing some... More

Q&A: Bill Leonard

A former government classification watchdog explains a year-end deadline

You’ve heard of the climate deadline looming in Copenhagen, and the health care deadline looming on Capitol Hill. But this... 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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