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EXTRA Unpacks the Media’s Medicare Coverage

Are journalists writing for doctors or for patients?

I don’t know Amy Poe, a writer and Medicare consumer based in Little Rock, Arkansas. But I like a piece... More

A Good Payroll Tax Piece from the Post

Finally, some balance from WaPo

At last The Washington Post, which shaped much of the media coverage of the defcit and entitlement discussion last year,... More

A Laurel to the AP

For its eye-opening story on Social Security

The AP’s recent story on proposed changes in the derivation of Social Security’s cost of living (COLA) formula is the... More

How the Media Has Shaped the Social Security Debate

The press plays a dubious role

Shortly after the 2010 midterm elections, Washington Post budget correspondent Lori Montgomery reported that, while a debate raged around... More

Report Card on Social Security Trust Fund Coverage

An F for the headlines; a C- for the stories

This week, Social Security trustees issued their annual report on the program’s financial health. The news was expected: Social Security... More

Santorum Goes After Social Security

The AP covers Rick’s empty rhetoric

Noting the media’s trivial pursuit of rising star Rick Santorum, my colleague Erika Fry has called for more substantive reporting... More

Some Mistakes at MoneyWatch

A little more homework needed on Social Security, please

A recent CBS MoneyWatch piece titled “Social Insecurity” was one of those breezy, glib stories that seemed to telegraph important... More

Switching Sides on Social Security

Look who’s getting rid of the payroll tax

What to do about those FICA contributions, aka payroll taxes, now that the supercommittee has blown up? Last Christmas the... More

The Case of the Disappearing Benefits Statements

A good piece from the Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik deserves a shout-out for his strong piece on how the government is keeping Americans... More

The Human Faces behind the Social Security Rhetoric

Good work from CBS News

Finally, a mainstream media outlet has broken through the dominant narrative about Social Security and showed what the program means... More

The Kind of Medicare Story We’d Rather Not See

SmartMoney runs a lackluster listicle

Anyone reading SmartMoney’s take on Medicare would want to get granny off the program in New York minute. It was... More

The Murky Politics of the Payroll Tax

The media begin to step in the muck

Each day the payroll tax saga gets more complicated, and the public no doubt gets more confused. Bloomberg reporter Brian... More

Words of Warning on the Payroll Tax

The media ponders the wisdom behind the tax holiday’s extension

Last week, Congress voted to extend the payroll tax holiday through the end of 2012. Social Security supporters have argued... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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