March 26, 2010

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Friday, March 26, 2010

The ill coverage of the health care bill, plus "baby killers"

Ill Communication

Health care dominated the media recently, and this past week was no exception: a survey by the Pew Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism found that health care coverage accounted for a staggering 37 percent of the newshole. But despite all the coverage, more than half of Americans ...

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Whether Forecasting

TV coverage of the health care reform process focussed mostly on the political gamesmanship surrounding the bill, with very little time spent on what was actually in the bill itself. According to Slate's Dan Gross, the irony of the horserace coverage was that for all the prognosticating the pundits did, ...

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How a Bill Becomes a Law... These Days

Everyone remembers the old "Schoolhouse Rock" on how a bill becomes a law. We thought it was time for an update.

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Tracking Polls

After months of political wrangling over health care reform why couldn't our elected leaders just have just given the people what they want? That's why we have public opinion polls, right? Well ... it turns out that the public's opinion isn't as clear as pols might have liked, and had ...

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Tea Party Coverage Biased?

Tea partiers complain that most media outlets (except Fox News) either ignore them or portray them as a bunch of crazies. We wondered: is the coverage biased? The Washington Independent's (soon to be Washington Post's) David Weigel, who's been covering the tea party movement since it ...

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Infant Mortality

During debate last weekend on the health care bill, Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) yelled out "It's a baby killer!" on the House floor and, in doing so, joined legions who have invoked this powerful defamation. American University professor Allan Lichtman says the phrase holds a prominent place in the catalog of ...

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On Better Terms

For the past five year, NPR has been alone among major news organizations in its use of the words "pro-choice" and "pro-life" to describe those divided over abortion. This week that changed. NPR News Managing Editor David Sweeney explains.

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Al Jazeera Now

Al Jazeera reaches hundreds of millions of homes around the world, in spite of facing fierce opposition by the governments of the Middle East and the United States. Wadah Khanfar, Director General of Al Jazeera, explains how the organization continues to expand, and how their mission continues to evolve.

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