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Intruder Alert!

Being liked in Washington is a sometime thing—just ask Desiree Rogers

It’s December and real Chicagoans are making ready for the onset of a Lake Michigan winter and for the arctic... More

The Headlines Tell Us Everything

The Congressional Budget Office weighs in on premiums

The release of the Congressional Budget Office’s report this week predicting how health reform might affect insurance premiums dished up... More

Yes, Virginia, There Really Are Cost Controls

What miracle will bring down the price of medical care?

At this point in the health reform debate, press coverage is beginning to sound a lot like 1993-94, when the... More

Omission Control

The media on everything Obama didn’t say last night

Much of the post-speech analysis last night focused on what Obama didn’t talk about at West Point in his 33-minute... More

But How Will it Play in Puli Khumri?

A full Afghanistan debate would feature Afghanis

President Obama’s speech last night, concerning America’s path forward in Afghanistan, was primarily directed at a domestic audience. Obama had... More

West Point Reaction Roundup

Summarizing reactions to Obama’s Afghanistan speech

A new war strategy consists of more than a speech, of course. But President Obama’s address to cadets at West... More

Spock Crock

AP piece shows what happens when a narrative gets ahead of a story

Yesterday’s narrative-perpetuating Politico item on stories the president doesn’t want told seems to be, to borrow a phrase, “driving the... More

Afghanistan Piece Goes Astray

Otherwise-decent AP story misses a couple of points

With the world waiting for President Obama to announce his new plan for Afghanistan tonight, the AP offered a dispatch... More

Newsweek: Cheney of Fools

Meacham, linkbait, and the real insult of Run Dick Run

Let’s give Jon Meacham the benefit of the doubt. Let’s assume that the editorial in the current issue of Newsweek—that... More

The Man in the Middle

What Jeremy Devor’s story tells us about health reform

Meet Jeremy Devor, a technician with an associate degree in engineering, who lives in Salem, Illinois, a town of about... More

Missing Persons Redux

Insuring those at the very bottom

Last Monday night, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer devoted air time to an exchange between two former secretaries of Health... More

The Palin-for-President Fixation

WaPo op-ed fails to convince

We’ve probably devoted too many pixels already to arguing that the national political media is paying more attention to Sarah... More

The Devil in the Details, Part III

Is this really insurance reform?

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

Not For All the News in China, Part Two

The second part of CJR’s interview with Howard French

Howard French is the former Shanghai bureau chief for The New York Times. This is the second part of a... More

Other Than That, Mrs. Lincoln…

Recent profiles of Blanche Lincoln say little about her policy priorities

What does Blanche Lincoln want, and why does she want it? The question is, at the moment, more consequential than... More

The ethics of The Guardian’s Whisper bombshell - It would have been a journalistic lapse not to have told readers

Gawker: The internet bully - Nick Denton’s media empire is an intellectual online fraternity that invites people to their parties only to make them buy the booze

The Washington Post short-sells a reporter’s integrity - Steven Pearlstein smears TheStreet’s Adam Feuerstein for criticizing a biotech firm

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter’s resignation - “Whereas we don’t have all the answers, we have way too many questions about what happened here”

Stop trolling your readers - We know you’re only doing it for clicks


Which news org is the most trusted? (Pew)

The answer is complicated

‘My Captivity’ (NYT Mag)

An American journalist on his two-year kidnapping in Syria

FBI faked an AP story, in Seattle Times style, to catch a suspect (Seattle Times)

“‘We are outraged that the FBI, with the apparent assistance of the US Attorney’s Office, misappropriated the name of The Seattle Times to secretly install spyware on the computer of a crime suspect,’ said Seattle Times Editor Kathy Best”

How one reporter copes inside the ‘Ebola bubble’ (BuzzFeed)

“Bring gloves to give nurses you meet at clinics, even if you’re there for a story. Get small change to give to the kids who have been out of school for months and are selling ground nuts for pitiful sums on the side of road. Hell, give them candy. Violate all the principles of ostensibly good aid stewardship, because the good stewardship of the developed world didn’t get help here in time, and now everyone is dying around you.”

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