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Time to leave budget biases behind

Deficits are falling and government jobs are disappearing. Is it really so obvious we have a spending problem?

With the automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration set to take effect Friday--and plenty of other budget wars looming... More

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Policing the food police (part 1):
the assault on salt

Covering government efforts to improve the nation’s eating habits is more complicated than it seems

This is the first installment in an occasional series that will examine media coverage of public initiatives aimed at ending... More

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Healthcare costs: A moment of clarity

Steve Brill stands his ground on ABC

Bravo for Steve Brill! His appearance on ABC's This Week was a rare example of a guest on a... More

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A Laurel to Univision 41’s Arantxa Loizaga

For making good use of the familiar, local-anchor-goes-to-White House encounter

AUSTIN, TX -- Often, when a local television station gets summoned for a one-on-one interview with the president, it... More

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The Green Lantern Theory of Sequestration

Hey, pundits: President Obama can’t magically solve the budget impasse in Washington

One of the recurring themes in commentary on national politics is the demand for the president to change politics as... More

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Medicare Uncovered: What’s in a name?

The GOP puts some new lipstick on an old idea: vouchers

National Journal's Margot Sanger-Katz picked up a juicy Washington tidbit worth passing on to healthcare reporters and interested readers.... More

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Guns and public records: The Cherokee Scout’s saga (UPDATED)

Another newspaper gets wounded—and an editor resigns—in the fight over weapons and privacy

UPDATE (5pm, February 26, 2013): This afternoon, the Cherokee Scout announced that its editor, Robert Horne, resigned. Horne originally made... More

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The Big Boys: An affordability puzzle

Healthcare Insurers push a one-sided meme, and the press runs with it

During the long debate over health reform, one issue barely discussed was whether the Americans who would be required... More

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A puzzling parade of projections in PA

As debate on Medicaid expansion continues, can reporters point the way to credible figures?

DETROIT, MI -- Would a Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania cost the state millions? Billions? Or will it actually bring in... More

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People aren’t too worried about the sequester. Is the media to blame?

Coverage is too often dull or absent, but NYT piece on air travel is a standout

Americans are not especially worried about the mandatory federal spending cuts set to begin March 1, widely cited polling by... More

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ProPublica shines a light on dark money

In the murky new world of money-and-politics reporting, even small victories are hard won

Over the last two years, political reporters have shined a glaring spotlight on super PACs and their funders. Just ask... More

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Sequester debate takes hold in the press

The good, the bad, and the indifferent in this week’s coverage—plus some resources for reporters just tuning in

With mandatory federal spending cuts looming on March 1, news organizations have finally begun running down the numbers on whose... More

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Immigration reform and private prison cash

Key lawmakers in the immigration debate are among the top recipients of campaign contributions from the prison industry

As immigration reform picks up steam in Congress, conventional wisdom holds that a handful of key players are shaping the... More

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The third party fever dream, revisited

Five points for reporters to consider about third party prospects

National Journal's Ron Fournier has posted a gracious reply to my CJR column challenging what I considered to be his... More

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Exchange Watch: growing pains in Connecticut

Is the state’s model insurance plan unaffordable?

On October 1, state health insurance exchanges throughout the country, called Health Insurance Marketplaces, will start enrolling people eligible... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

Bloggingheads

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

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