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Shifting the goalposts on the IRS scandal

A critic tries to reinterpret the controversy

The Weekly Standard's Mark Hemingway objected Friday to my latest CJR post in a goalpost-shifting effort titled, "The Campaign to... More

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Scandal! IRS official cites public record

An “exclusive” report about collusion against a conservative group comes up empty

As Brendan Nyhan wrote Thursday for CJR, the elite mainstream press has largely lost interest in the IRS scandal, even... More

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The scandal attention cycle

How the media lost interest in IRS targeting, even as new facts emerged

At this point, the evidence on the Internal Revenue Service scandal is clear. Contrary to the initial hype, there is... More

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‘I am alive at the Plain Dealer…’

On “PD-D Day,” layoffs at Cleveland paper claim some 50 experienced journalists

DETROIT, MI -- More than one-third of the editorial staffers at the venerable Cleveland Plain Dealer lost their jobs on... More

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Factchecking enters ‘Conversation’ in Oz

How an Australian news site is taking a new approach to the format

Australia has suddenly become a hotbed for political factchecking. In May, PolitiFact Australia launched as the first international affiliate of... More

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At what cost?

A New York Times report on presidential helicopters offers lessons for covering government contractors

Competition for government contracts tends to drive down prices for taxpayers. But when bidding requirements are narrowly-crafted, as the New... More

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An Obamacare scorecard: Part 2

The hits, misses, and mixed reviews

Politico recently summed up the president's recent sales pitch for Obamacare this way: "Make the big sell by talking small."... More

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An Obamacare scorecard

Part 1: What’s gone, what’s on hold, and what’s still in place

For all that has been written, spoken, screamed, and whispered about the Affordable Care Act, there is still a... More

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Unlocking stories behind bars

Florida is privatizing much of the state’s prison healthcare, and the companies getting these big contracts have a history well worth exploring

MIAMI -- With Florida embarking on an ambitious effort to privatize much of the state's prison healthcare--the largest such undertaking... More

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Tax overhaul: big numbers, hidden stories

Multinationals have ways to avoid taxes not available to domestic companies, and momentum is building in both parties to fix a flawed system. A few journalists are taking note.

How big corporations pay--or don't pay--their taxes isn't a subject that gets a lot of quality explanatory coverage, though... More

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Who is Greg Abbott?

Texans still don’t know enough about the man who aspires to replace Rick Perry

AUSTIN, TX -- He is the chosen one. The frontrunner. The presumptive nominee, and even the likely next governor of... More

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Keystone fatigue? Get over it

Many in media are saying enough already on pipeline debate, but the story is far from over

FAIRWAY, KS -- A palpable exhaustion seems to have set in this year among some journalists when it comes to... More

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Cost Curve: How hospitals don’t help

Laurels to two reporters for digging into how some hospitals and doctor groups are raising the national healthcare bill

Two reporters on the hospital beat deserve a Laurel for recent work--both for taking a hard look at how... More

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High Noon for film incentives

The states are trying to outgun each other to lure movie production—a chance for reporters to analyze the returns on these big investments

PROVO, UT -- When The Lone Ranger opened in theaters, viewers saw John Reid (Armie Hammer) and Tonto (Johnny Depp)... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

The 10 worst New Yorker longreads (Gawker)

“[A]pparently [Adam] Gopnik did not know you could bake fancy breads from France and other cultures. So he got his mom to teach him how to bake them. A fine anecdote, maybe, to tell a friend or a therapist. But in this case he wrote about it for the New Yorker, a magazine.”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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