These stories about consensus-building for Medicare are similar to those the media ran a year ago when Washington elites began planning their new legislative agenda. The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery then reported that “a surprisingly broad consensus is forming around the actions required to stabilize borrowing and ease fears of a European-style debt crisis in the United States.” That consensus, she wrote, had formed around a package of options for cutting the deficit, which included smaller Social Security checks and higher Medicare premiums. We asked: “A consensus of whom?” Was it Beltway opinion makers, reporters, or ordinary people who said they didn’t like those ideas? The same can be asked about Medicare.
01:59 PM - December 19, 2011
The Coverage of Wyden-Ryan, Round One
Consensus building to privatize Medicare
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Disappointing Deadspin - It broke the Manti Te’o story, but then stopped reporting and resumed trashing
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Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
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‘Too good to check’ used to be a warning to newspaper editors not to jump on bullshit stories. Now it’s a business model
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Political lessons from a lifelong political activist
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Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.