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WaPo’s Misleading Social Security Piece

Article doesn’t come close to telling the whole story

By now we’re aware that The Washington Post supports serious changes in Social Security. In fact, the paper editorialized Friday... More

A Big Omission at NBC

Whatever happened to Social Security?

NBC Nightly News took on retirement income the other day and found most Americans’s savings will come up short. The... More

A Curious Omission at the Times

Three Social Security proposals, or two?

It was puzzling to see Jackie Calmes’s brief story in The New York Times last week with its provocative headline:... More

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A dart to the AP—and a laurel!

Good work on fact-checking speeches; on Social Security, not so much

Dart The Associated Press misled its many readers, unfortunately, about what is a Social Security benefit cut and what... More

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A dart to Yahoo Finance

For utterly confusing its readers about Social Security

By now we’re accustomed to weak reporting about Social Security, but a piece on Yahoo Finance, part of its... 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 Good Social Security Story—At Last

Reuters shows it can be done

Last week Reuters sent out a fine piece by Emily Kaiser that helped readers understand what the Social Security fight... More

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A Grand Bargain on entitlements?

The press is sending signals about Simpson-Bowles. How about explaining it?

To the average person, Nancy Pelosi’s May 20 interview with George Stephanopoulos probably seemed like standard procedure for a Sunday... 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

A Medicare Memo to Campaign Reporters

Tailing Mitt on Medicare and Social Security, too

Dear Colleagues: I have just returned from a reporting trip to Southeast Arkansas, where the folks I visited have very... More

A Missing Medicare Link from The New York Times

Covering Medicare, Part II

Perhaps no other health issue is as important to so many Americans now and in the future as Medicare. In... More

Another Take on NPR’s “Liberal Bias”

Its reporting on Social Security is anything but

It was easy to understand why a story yesterday on NPR’s All Things Considered appeared to favor the Republican position... More

Audit Notes: More Murdoch, Hiltzik on the Social Security Trust Fund

A couple of weeks ago, Allan Sloan wrote about Rupert Murdoch is using $673 million of his shareholders' money to... More

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Audit Notes: What’s Social Security worth?, another CNBC ‘poll,’ Greg Smith

An excellent personal-finance story from the Journal

What would Social Security coverage look like if the press covered it more like personal finance reporters cover IRAs and... More

Candidate Pawlenty and Social Security

What’s he really talking about?

Not long ago, presidential aspirant Tim Pawlenty sat down with reporters from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for a heart-to-heart about his... More

CBS Fumbles Again

A lopsided report on Social Security

If there were prizes given for the most one-sided, misleading story about Social Security this year, a segment aired on... More

CJR Holds a Town Hall in Missouri

Do the pols represent the voters?

As Barack Obama’s bus cruised through the heartland last week, the media told us a fair amount about what the... More

CJR Holds a Town Hall in Philly

Shoppers on Market Street sound off

Finding myself in Philadelphia recently, I decided to stroll along Market Street and see which of the day’s big political... More

CNBC Misleads on “Welfare State” Dominance

Bad math overstates government payouts

(UPDATE: See my follow-up post here: A Zombie Lie Is Born: CNBC’s false welfare-state story spreads far and wide.) There... More

Conflating Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid

Meanwhile, while we're pointing out games journalists play and the question of whether Social Security is welfare, WaPo's Robert J.... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Female sportscasters are speaking up (NYT)

“[i]n the wake of the recent scandals, women have been driving the story, providing a perspective that their male counterparts simply cannot”

Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

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