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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

Morning Edition Connects With Regular People

But is anybody listening in Washington, DC?

The other day NPR did some solid man-on-the-street reporting, and found—as we have found in our ongoing Town Hall series—the... 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 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

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A political documentary that defies convention

How’s Your News? takes a skewed perspective on Campaign 2012

It’s the second-to-last day of the 2012 Republican National Convention, and the How’s Your News? news team has Michele... More

A Presidential Debate Abroad?

An argument for holding a foreign policy debate in a foreign country

Every fourth fall, more Americans watch presidential debates than just about any other live event in the US but the... More

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An election post-mortem on Medicare coverage

Coverage? Yes. Guidance? Not so much

In mid-August, when Paul Ryan burst on the scene with his voucher scheme for Medicare, the 47-year old program suddenly... More

An Underwhelming Bachmann “Gaffe”

Perhaps predictably, many in the media have latched onto presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s latest gaffe, in which she apparently confused... More

Bland Brand, Bad Buzz

For Pawlenty, “the headlines are a killer”

In recent weeks, you may have noticed something of a Tim Pawlenty pile-on in the press. (Collectively, it sounds something... More

Bloomberg Takes on the Big Lie of the Crisis

Bloomberg takes a crack at knocking down what Barry Ritholtz correctly calls the Big Lie of the crisis, that government... More

Campaign Strategies

How should the media determine the sort of coverage a candidate deserves?

In one of the posts on Herman Cain's candidacy discussed on Campaign Desk Tuesday, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight calls for... More

Covering the Cain Campaign

Herman Cain’s probably not a serious candidate. That doesn’t mean the press shouldn’t cover him.

If you headed out early for the Memorial Day weekend, you probably missed an interesting bit of blogosphere back-and-forth about... More

Covering the Fringe Candidates

How should the press decide which dissents to take seriously?

Jon Huntsman’s campaign for president doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, so why does he retain his commanding lead in... More

Deep Health Care Problems under Rick Perry’s Watch

Deep in the heart of Texas

With the media hyper-focused on Texas governor Rick Perry’s not-too-flattering comments about Social Security, health care in his state seems... More

How to Dodge Debate Dodges

CNN debate demanded one simple phrase

Last night’s CNN debate drew the respect and attention that the first debate, hosted in early May by Fox News,... More

How to Understand the ‘Invisible Primary’

An interview with Georgetown professor Hans Noel

The 2012 Iowa caucuses are still seven months away, but Republican presidential hopefuls are already well into the “invisible primary”—a... More

Huntsman as McCain Redux

And why the similarities create perils for the press

Jon Huntsman may be stuck at the bottom of early polls for the Republican nomination for president, but, as CNN’s... More

Is Tim Pawlenty For Real?

The StarTribune suggests maybe he isn’t

The Minneapolis StarTribune’s piece on presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty is the kind of story voters can expect to see at... More

Jon Huntsman’s Vision for the Future of Medicare

Whose moral obligation is it?

Potential presidential candidate Jon Huntsman’s recent Wall Street Journal op-ed was thoroughly predictable, containing lots of the acceptable phrases for... 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

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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