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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

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OC Register explodes Medicare myths

A laurel to the paper’s deep dive into Medicare Part D showing “profit trumps public interest”

As the Affordable Care Act tumbled along its rocky path to implementation, the media drew parallels between its disastrous... More

USA Today Touts the Government’s Good News on Medicare

But was it the full story?

A few days ago USA Today trumpeted some health policy news: enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans is up and premiums... More

A Beat Memo on Medicare

Is the Ryan plan really so novel?

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

Some fact-checking, please

Medicare is a bear to write about. It’s tough for beneficiaries to understand, and unclear news stories only serve to... 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

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

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CNN sows confusion

An interview with Sen. Angus King about the unfolding budget negotiations, Medicare, and Social Security—minus follow-up questions or clarifications

What did the government standoff have to do with Obamacare? I've been in Canada for much of this month on... More

Covering Medicare, Part I

A mixed performance from the press

Perhaps no other health issue is as important to so many Americans now and in the future as Medicare. Without... More

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Cut to: Medicare ‘cuts’

Reporters get another chance to put a recurring talking point in context and honestly explain to seniors what’s at stake

At the moment, it looks like Medicare may be the gift that keeps on giving for the GOP. For the... More

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False balance and the Medicare scare

Who’s been telling the truth in Florida?

Last Thursday the president made a campaign stop in Florida, and—surprise, surprise—he talked about Medicare. Or at least he talked... More

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How do you catch a candidate and pin him down?

MinnPost asked Sen. Al Franken’s challenger nine times what he’d do about Medicare and Social Security. The exchange is illuminating for reporters and voters.

Eric Black, a political columnist for MinnPost, offered a great example recently of how to pin down (or, at least,... More

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Investigating a $150 billion ‘black box’

CPI did stellar reporting on the Medicare Advantage “money grab,” despite agency stonewalling— here’s how others reporters can dig in

In a year-long investigation of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, Fred Schulte, David Donald, Erin Durkin, and Chris Zubak-Skees of... More

Joe Lieberman and his Medicare Gift

The press needs to untie the bow—and quickly

Leave it to Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman to speed along the process of making seniors on Medicare pay more for... 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

Means-Testing Medicare, According to CQ

Covering Medicare, part five

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

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Medicare and misinformation

Is my premium rising? A beat memo for reporters

Two weeks ago a Midwest businessman sent an email to a long list of his senior friends warning that their... More

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Medicare and the $500 billion bogeyman

Will a half-truth still work for the GOP?

Republicans and their allies are dusting off an old $500 billion deception about Medicare, trying once more to scare seniors... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


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.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

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