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Brill is back, and other ACA shout-outs

Kudos to good work in Time and The New York Times

From time to time this space will offer a roundup of interesting, well-done, and useful stories about healthcare and health... More

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Political centrism is not objectivity

How the media wrongly treats deficit reduction as non-ideological

How should the United States choose among the difficult tradeoffs it faces in setting the federal budget? There's no one... More

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Exchange Watch: Missing doctors, missing coverage

In New York, insurance exchange shoppers (if not enough reporters) discover the lack of out-of-network benefits

At the tail end of October, when the media were hyper-fixated on the woes of HealthCare.gov and who knew what... More

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Houston, we have no comment

The Houston Chronicle’s investigative work may have silenced chatty Rep. Steve Stockman, but reporters need to keep the questions coming

AUSTIN, TX -- It almost looked like somebody had finally figured out how to get the voluble Rep. Steve Stockman,... More

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Better late than never: the new insurance sticker shock story

The press discovers high cost sharing, but the story goes deeper

As coverage of the Affordable Care Act rolls along, the pesky subject of high out-of-pocket costs for plans purchased on... More

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Stories versus evidence on Obama’s fate

The never-ending cycle of presidential doom and recovery narratives

Journalists rightly seek to tell compelling stories, which can bring abstract or dry topics to life, but the need to... More

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Did the gee-whiz drug story make a comeback?

NPR’s piece on a new hepatitis C med fell short on costs, conflicts, and caveats

To hear NPR's piece last week about the FDA's then-imminent approval of a new drug to treat hepatitis C--sofosbuvir, approved... More

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Healthcare reporter ISO agenda-free source

CJR convened Midwestern journalists to discuss pitfalls, possibilities of covering the politicized ACA

DETROIT, MI -- Healthcare reporters are in a tricky spot. They may understand that covering the Affordable Care Act's insurance... More

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NC Republican finds a way to get his message in the media—pay for it

Asheville newspaper apologizes after neglecting to label “advocacy advertising”

CHARLESTON, SC -- Conservative politicians tend to have a lot of complaints about the "mainstream liberal media." But just before... More

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Effective teachers, lackluster test scores?

In Florida, an opportunity to dig deeper into some contradictory data

MIAMI, FL -- Two big evaluations of education in the Sunshine State came out this week--and readers can be excused... More

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Seriously slick

At Jake Silverstein’s “amped up” Texas Monthly, water policy, immigration, and BBQ are all cover stories

AUSTIN, TX -- From his posh office on the 17th floor, Jake Silverstein, the editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly, has the... More

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Pizza parties, backroom drinks won’t fix DC

A Boston Globe story undercuts an unpersuasive theory

Why can't members of Congress just get along? Critics of polarization often suggest that a key reason for the decline... More

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Entitled to better reporting

There’s a wider (and increasingly urgent) Social Security story out there—beyond the Beltway and deficit talk

A year ago, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein appeared on the CBS Evening News to talk about the debt crisis--a... More

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LAT exposes wasteful spending on the biowarfare beat

Local media outlets around the country can do that, too

An expose of dubious Pentagon spending hit the front page of the Los Angeles Times front page not long ago,... More

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What is an Obamacare consumer story, anyway?

The bar is set too low—a real guide should help readers become smarter shoppers

A Twitter conversation last weekend between MSNBC's Timothy Noah and some Washington Post reporters revealed a lot about how the... More

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

This is how Tehran Bureau covers Iran - Its reporting model, using undercover journalists and distant editors, is one way to cover closed societies

Alessandra Stanley’s troubling history of error - Scrutiny alone isn’t enough to solve the problem

Why Bill Simmons might leave ESPN - Other outlets would jump at the chance to gain his following

Simon & Schuster should come clean about discredited Monroe/DiMaggio book - C. David Heymann’s Joe and Marilyn is full of highly dubious information—just like many of his previous books


The Recollectors

Remembering parents lost to AIDS

Swedish scientists sneak Dylan quotes into articles (The Guardian)

Whoever nets the most before retirement wins a free lunch

Mag for dog haters is a hit in Germany (WSJ)

Poop and Pooches. That is all

A data viz reading list (Susan McGregor)

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