I found this Michael Grunwald piece very useful:
If the debt-limit debate had anything to do with reality, every story about it would include a few basic facts. Starting with: President Obama inherited a $1.2 trillion budget deficit. And: Republican leaders supported the tax cuts and wars that (along with the recession, another pre-Obama phenomenon) created that deficit. Also: Republicans engineered this crisis by attaching unprecedented ideological demands to a routine measure allowing the U.S. to pay its bills. Finally, Obama and the Democrats keep meeting those demands -- for spending cuts, then for more spending cuts, and even for nothing but spending cuts -- but Republicans keep holding out for more.
These are verifiable facts, not opinions. But since they aren't new facts, and re-reporting them would make "GOP claims" about the crisis look, um, non-factual, they're rarely mentioned, except as "Democratic claims." This is a real problem for journalism in an era where--now this is an opinion--one of the major parties has abandoned its grip on reality. I understand why objective reporters aren't encouraged to contradict political lies with historical truths, but this hostage drama is one of the prices of our era of amnesia.
And this, from Jim Fallows, is also very useful.