We might be able to excuse the administration’s inclination to put the best spin on the non-controversial aspects of the health reform law as part of its campaign talking points. But we can’t excuse journalists for not looking beyond the stuff they are being fed.

Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.