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A Hospital Story Not to Write

Doing the digging for real news

My Association of Health Care Journalists colleague Charlie Ornstein likes to say that stories about hospital ribbon-cuttings, wings named for... More

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Health costs: Is Mass. the only model?

What about Vermont? (Not to mention Maryland)

We all know Obamacare is Romneycare and Romneycare is Obamacare and that the Bay State has set the standard for... More

Is Buying Health Insurance Like Shopping on Amazon?

No sirreeee, says WBUR

On Monday, the AP reported that, as part of its health reform efforts, the federal government would require states to... More

Legal Immigrants Win in Massachusetts

But the political press misses the story

Today we begin a series of occasional posts that bring Campaign Desk readers up-to-date on the workings of Massachusetts health... More

Meet the Bay State’s Uninsured

The national media pass on an important story

Last week the Census Bureau released new numbers showing that 5.6 percent of the population in Massachusetts remained without health... More

Mitt and the Mandate

Whose paternity is it, anyway?

No matter what decision comes from the Supreme Court, which began hearing arguments Monday on the constitutionality of the Affordable... More

Perry Misleads on RomneyCare

Socialized medicine, really?

It's becoming clear that Rick Perry has never met a buzzword he doesn’t like. We’ve heard that Social Security is... More

Poking Holes in the Massachusetts Mantra

The part of the story that the Times didn’t tell

Sunday’s New York Times piece comparing the records of GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Jon Huntsman on... More

Romney and His Health Care Plan

Does he or doesn’t he like what he did?

It would seem that the press coverage of Mitt Romney’s health care speech in Michigan yesterday was greater than media... More

Romney on Romneycare is a Bust

Conservatives are not buying Mitt’s Michigan speech

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to a stage in Ann Arbor yesterday to twist and turn his way through... More

Romney on the Stump

Health care’s not my baby, he says

Mitt Romney has come out swinging against the health care plan he helped create, tackling the issue head on during... More

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The brave new world of health insurance exchanges

It’s time to take a look at how they are working in Massachusetts and beyond

New York Times reporter Abby Goodnough’s piece last week about the health insurance exchange in Massachusetts is instructive—especially since other... More

The Massachusetts Disconnect

Another health reform lesson from the Bay State

Much of the national press took a pass last week on another important “study says” story out of Massachusetts. This... More

The Return of Socialized Medicine

Mike Huckabee resurrects the bogeyman

Mike Huckabee, presumed presidential aspirant, is preaching the gospel of socialized medicine by attacking the Massachusetts reform law, of all... More

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The word on the street: Divided

Massachusetts voters talk about Medicare, and their Senate race

Last week I journeyed up to New England to see what voters thought of the debate over Medicare, for another... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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