Press coverage of the proposed reg has been minimal, perhaps owing to the media’s holiday slowdown, or perhaps the issue’s potential for political controversy has run its course. A few outlets picked up the Times’s piece, but there was nothing like the media frenzy that struck in the summer of 2009. The government may simply start paying docs for counseling, or there may be a new round of death panel hysteria. But one thing is clear: the administration intends to use more rule-making procedures. That’s part of American democracy. Campaign Desk will be watching in the new year for media reports on what it is up to.
11:51 AM - January 7, 2011
Death Panels Make a Comeback
And pose some larger questions for the press
Fox News not outraged by retailers’ War on Thanksgiving - As giant stores commercialize the last holdout, Bill O’Reilly & Co. shrug
BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section - It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.
Disappointing Deadspin - It broke the Manti Te’o story, but then stopped reporting and resumed trashing
Healthcare in Great Britain vs. healthcare in the USA: part one - A conversation with Chris Smyth, health reporter for The Times of London
Asperger’s, pedophiles, and questionable motivations - A dart to the Daily Beast, for its ill-informed speculation on Adam Lanza’s psyche
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
‘Too good to check’ used to be a warning to newspaper editors not to jump on bullshit stories. Now it’s a business model
The two civil rights leaders were radicals—and they were right
Political lessons from a lifelong political activist
The problem with viral videos
Timelapse of a photo-realistic painting of the actor being done on an iPad
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.