Stories like these continue to perpetuate myths about malpractice. Whenever I interview people for CJR’s periodic town halls, they tell me tort reform is the number one solution to the problem of high medical costs. It’s hard to do the research on the cost of defensive medicine, says Robert Berenson, a health policy expert at the Urban Institute. “The Congressional Budget Office estimates that it’s about one percent of health care spending. It’s not trivial, but the notion that it’s a major cost driver is just not right.”
10:46 AM - March 7, 2011
The Doctors vs. the Lawyers
Whose side is the Times on?
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
Hint: viral wins
Bestowing the annual honor on Snowden would send an important message
A new collaboration will have top science journalists engaging with their readers at the subreddit r/science
Why won’t the President rein in the intelligence community?
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.