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Craig Stoltz

Blog Entries by Craig Stoltz

Washington Post's "Salon" Disaster and Health Care Reform

Posted July 6, 2009 | 11:47:33 (EST)

As a former citizen of the Washington Post newsroom, the recentdisaster about the newspaper's "salon" project is heartbreaking and embarrassing.

I won't belabor the issues many others have so thoroughly covered, including today's "apology" by publisher Katharine Weymouth, which feels a bit short of fulsome.

Instead I...

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#Neda and the Power of the Viral Image

Posted June 22, 2009 | 12:43:00 (EST)

The 37-second amateur video that shows in vivid and horrifying detail a young girl named Neda dying of a gunshot wound on the streets of Tehran has the capacity to change the political dynamic in Iran. It may already have done so.

I will not link to the video here....

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Election '08: A Transparent Disaster?

Posted November 3, 2008 | 10:49:09 (EST)

One of the driving concepts behind the social web is transparency: Instantly networked communications allow virtually anybody see whatever they want.

This has not escaped the attention of the two Presidential campaigns. And tomorrow's public exercise in democracy will become the first example of a massively transparent election.

Voter fraud,...

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McCain Ridicules Agreement-- But Supports Change?

Posted September 29, 2008 | 13:43:11 (EST)

The GOP spinners have jumped on Barack Obama's multiple confessions of agreement with John McCain as a character flaw. By some counts Obama is said to have agreed with the Arizona maverick eight times in 90 minutes. Here's a 43-second video of Obama's "John is right"s quickly cobbled...

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The "Obama/Biden" Healthcare Plan?

Posted August 26, 2008 | 17:34:09 (EST)

It's the time in the political season to make way too much of the impact a vice president can have on the presidential contest.

So I hope you don't mind if I extend that amusing parlor sport into the arena of healthcare reform and consider how how Joe Biden's original...

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Code Blue! Republicans Leaning Left on Healthcare!

Posted January 18, 2008 | 16:24:46 (EST)

I recently had a hand in a project, called the Healthcare08 PoliGraph, which seeks to find meaningful distinctions among the presidential candidates' healthcare policies. This was tougher than it sounds.

This being the primary season, each party's contenders are pretty much sticking with the approved script. The Democrats are...

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NY Times to Readers: Drop Dead

Posted November 20, 2007 | 18:57:10 (EST)

The New York Times has opened a few of its stories-tentatively, selectively-to comments from the public. Between the public and these stories the Gray Lady has installed four part-time staffers whose job it is to uphold the quality of public discourse.

Quoted in Editor & Publisher, Martin Nisenholtz, senior vice...

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