Notes From an Accidental Economist

A little more casual, a lot more messy. These are my thoughts on the day-to-day beat writing side of journalism. (You can also follow my Notes From over on Medium!)

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Congratulations, you’re a developer now!

So, my website is down. Again.

Here’s something they never told me about working as a journalist. It turns out that these days you also have to be a part-time web developer, especially when you work freelance.

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Why Don’t We Cover Substance?

“Why won’t the media cover the issues? Why do reporters pay attention to Trump’s words instead of his actions? I’m sick of media burying the substance.”

If you’re like me, you’ve heard some version of this concern, that we in the media spend too much time writing about politics instead of substance.

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Notes From an Accidental Economist

I have about as much background in economics as that hamster who eats things on YouTube. Maybe less since, given his pageviews, Chicken the hamster often deals with much bigger numbers than I do.

But I still write about money a lot.

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On Pitching

I think I get this question more often than just about any other:

How do you pitch stories?

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Social media and the modern journo

I stink at social media.

For anyone who has checked out my Twitter or Facebook accounts, surprises come no smaller. I command a proud following of 14 followers at current count, and the last time I updated my Facebook profile comic movies still seemed like a bold experiment.

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If you like your doctor… Part II

For the first two reasons I have never seriously dinged Obamacare for “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” see here.

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If you like your doctor… Part I

When criticizing Obamacare, right wing commenters often cite President Barak Obama’s infamous promise “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” (See, for example, this piece by Ross Douthat.)

Their criticism is both more than fair and often made in bad faith.

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What’s wrong with the AHCA

The American Health Care Act is one of the worst pieces of legislation I have ever reviewed in my time as a journalist.

Here’s why.

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One of the biggest tax myths

Can we clear something up that’s been bothering me?

Thanks.

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