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Boosting the Sandy Hook truther myth

The dangers of covering fringe misperceptions

In the weeks since the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, fringe conspiracy theorists have suggested... More

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The Big Boys: hospitals and their pricing muscles

Three newspaper investigations show that consolidation leads to higher costs for patients

This is the first of an occasional series of posts called "The Big Boys," which will examine how the media... More

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Can the media avoid inaugural over-hype?

A little over-emoting is inevitable, but there are some cliches we can do without

After Bill Clinton took the oath of office for the second time in 1997, a USA Today columnist burbled, "Clinton's... More

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USP Notes: Medicaid expansion edition

Some solid coverage helps keep the debate within the realm of facts

As governors around the country deliver their annual addresses and legislatures prepare to convene, one of the key policy stories... More

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The Frank Luntz script for Congressional Republicans

A guide to phrases journos should look for (and scrutinize)

In advance of a House Republican retreat this week, wordsmith Frank Luntz again offered his recipe for GOP political success,... More

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Hey readers: They’re bluffing! (maybe)

The need to put political bargaining positions in context

Insider reporting is vital to understanding what The Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib describes as the "'Groundhog Day' loop of... More

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Healthcare and the profit motive—do they work well together?

Eduardo Porter asks a big question in the Times

It was refreshing to see Eduardo Porter, in his Economic Scene column last week in The New York Times, call... More

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Fast-tracking the truth in IPAB coverage

How to cover a key ACA provision without making misinformation worse

One of the most underrated political stories of the next year is the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (also... More

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Following the cash behind the new Congress

A guide to getting a (mostly) complete picture in the era of outside spending

In simpler times, when donors were donors and PACs were PACs, campaign spending was easy to follow. A review of... More

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USP Notes: NYT on Fix the Debt, ProPublica on ‘Democratic Grandmas’

Private interests behind a public debate, and the unusual source of some campaign data

As the fiscal cliff debate dragged on late last year, the presence of some deep corporate pockets behind the public... More

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The realities of long-term care in America

A Laurel to PBS’s Need To Know

Last week’s fiscal cliff deal hammered the last nail in the coffin of the CLASS Act, a part of... More

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The ‘Hell No’ caucus and primary cash

Politico looks at the incentives facing Rep. Tom Cotton and his new colleagues

Earlier this week, Politico’s John VandeHei and Mike Allen wrote a smart story about what they described as the “Hell... More

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Back to basics with Krugman

Reporters (and economists) need to take accounting identities into account

Paul Krugman on Monday delivered an excellent primer on basic economics and the importance of what economists call accounting identities.... More

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WaPo: Got agency?

The Post’s ombudsman calls for more coverage of the “less sexy” Cabinet departments

Last Friday, the day after The Washington Post announced an expansion of its online video content "with politically focused programming,”... More

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What’s a trillion, anyway?

How to make scary budget numbers meaningful

Throughout the weeks of intense coverage over the scheduled end of the Bush income tax cuts and the Obama payroll... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

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

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