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In defense of covering position papers and official statements

Most of the time, what politicians say is what they’ll do

In his latest Swing States column, Walter Shapiro grapples with the question of why campaign issue coverage is not only... More

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A state C-SPAN in North Carolina?

UNC report looks at solutions to increase reporting capacity

NORTH CAROLINA — When the North Carolina General Assembly reaches its frenetic final days in session, news organizations traditionally feel... More

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A laurel to Politifact Florida

Site pushes back against misinformation about Obamacare and small business

Our run of Swing States Project praise continues with a laurel to Politifact Florida, where reporters Tia Mitchell, Katie... More

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Spinning the Supreme Court’s healthcare decision

The press rides a PR tsunami on Obamacare

In the days before and after the Supreme Court’s decision, spin doctors were hard at work peddling their experts, positions,... More

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Why is ‘issue coverage’ so boring—and often wrong?

Slavish fidelity to campaign position papers and official statements short-changes voters

As we sipped red wine in Washington last week, Republican pollster David Winston suddenly asked me, “Why doesn’t the media... More

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Climbing the Medicaid mountain

The press is starting to master the policy angles. Now for the people

The Affordable Care Act envisions a major expansion of health insurance in America, with some 30 million Americans gaining coverage.... More

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Why are lame ducks still raising campaign funds?

The Detroit Free Press takes a look at the books of 22 state lawmakers

MICHIGAN — Who pays attention to lame-duck politicians during a restive election year? The Detroit Free Press does, and the... More

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(Not) going to the candidates’ debate

Why are federal candidates in Florida ducking debates?

FLORIDA — Former Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry once wrote: “I can win an argument on any topic, against... More

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‘Turning point’ claims ‘in tatters’

After historic health care decision, some commentators set out on fruitless search for campaign narrative

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act has vast implications for health policy in this country... More

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A laurel to Denver’s Westword

Alt-weekly scours TV stations’ public files for details on political spending

For months now, CJR has been urging the FCC to improve public access to the “public inspection files” maintained... More

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Political money talks. PolitiFact Virginia listens—and then talks back

As campaign ads swamp the Commonwealth, site aims to “explain what the facts are”

VIRGINIA — Need proof that Virginia is a battleground state in the 2012 election? In one recent week, the presidential... More

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The new media narrative: ‘no-policy’ Romney

Three things reporters should remember as they press Romney for policy details

Lately, Mitt Romney is losing his reputation in the media as a politician who constantly flip-flops from one policy position... More

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Another recommended LAT read on campaign finance

The paper offers a timely look at the disclosure fight

Last month, The Swing States Project singled out the good work of the Los Angeles Times’s Matea Gold and Joseph... More

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Explaining how Ohio ‘really works’

Columnist Thomas Suddes works in the political “lab” that is the Buckeye State

During the somewhat less frantic months of the presidential campaign season—between the primaries and the nominating conventions—the Swing States Project... More

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Romney’s ‘job killer’ narrative: time for an X-ray

Some reporters are asking: Does Obamacare really destroy jobs?

ONNtv.com, which bills itself as Ohio’s channel for news, is one of the latest media outlets to casually pass along... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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

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