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McClatchy v. WaPo

Two stories on Afghan intel disputes, two diametrically opposed conclusions

Earlier this week, McClatchy’s D.C. bureau published a story relaying the concerns of “more than 15 senior and mid-level U.S.... More

CJR’s Town Hall Meetings, Part VI

The view from Union Station, Washington D.C.

Everyone, it seems is trying to take the pulse of the electorate--Americans who, as the saying goes, vote with their... More

Which Is It, NYT?

Times piece on pay cuts contradicts earlier story

The other day, Kevin Drum noted how confusing it can be for readers when two different papers report substantially different... More

The Insurers’ Grand Strategy

More well-timed studies to influence the pols and the polls

I have no pipeline to the insurance industry gods, but for more than a year now, I have watched their... More

Fox Holes

In which the White House confuses an ‘aggressive’ press strategy with a petty one

You campaign in poetry, the saying goes; you govern in prose. Here is some poetry, courtesy of Barack Obama, on... More

Who Will Be at the Table? Part XVI

Fighting a soda tax

During the campaign, Barack Obama promised his cheering crowds that, when he rolled up his sleeves to work on health... More

When the Right Voice Goes Wrong

Douthat’s latest Times column: a close reading

What to make of Ross Douthat’s latest New York Times column? The piece (which answers the world’s plaintive pleas for... More

Europe Reacts to Obama’s Nobel

Conservative disbelief, liberal dismay

The Nobel Committee’s decision to award a rather, er, premature Peace Prize to Barack Obama has been greeted with skepticism... More

WellPoint versus the State of Maine

Forget Olympia Snowe, there’s other news in the north country

For weeks, the only health reform news from Maine has swirled around Sen. Olympia Snowe. Would the state’s senior senator... More

The Devil in the Details, Part I

The tug-of-war over penalties for not buying coverage

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

The Devil in the Details Archive

An archive of Trudy Lieberman’s “The Devil in the Details” articles

Here are the links to every entry in Trudy Lieberman’s “The Devil in the Details” series, in descending order. 04/12/10:... More

Journalism Should Own Its Liberalism

And then manage it, challenge it, and account for it

The floodtide of e-mails and letters to New York Times ombudsman Clark Hoyt after his September 27 column on the... More

Czar Talk

Is there any substance to the criticism of Obama’s “czars”?

Criticism of some political journalism as “stenography” is sometimes misplaced—part of reporting really is writing down the things that people... More

Health Reform Lessons from Massachusetts, Part VII

Unintended consequences for small business

Three years ago, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts enacted a far-reaching health reform law that politicians and the media hailed as... More

Target Practice

The pros and cons of blasting Betsy McCaughey

Former New York lieutenant governor Betsy McCaughey has been much in the news the last few days, and she’s been... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Bloggingheads

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

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