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January 2004

Follow the Bouncing Dollars

In today's New York Times Glen Justice and John Tierney take a detailed look at who is funding each of... More

Is Anybody Looking For Any Facts?

It's been 11 days since President Bush in his State of the Union message amended his prior contention that Iraq... More

The Story That Wasn’t There

The New York Times today ran a fairly bizarre and windy piece of front-page speculation under the label "News Analysis."... More

Let’s Try That Scene Again

Thanks to an alert reader, Campaign Desk pulled up the transcripts from National Public Radio's Wednesday morning coverage of the... More

Sawyer Gets It Right (Finally)

Yesterday, on ABC's "Good Morning America," Diane Sawyer went above and beyond to set the record straight about the nature... More

Letting Kerry Off the Hook

Katharine Seelye and David Halbfinger were too kind to John Kerry in their account of last night's debate. In today's... More

Brokaw Bobbles a Couple

The usually fair and straightforward Tom Brokaw went astray a few times in the course of moderating last night's Democratic... More

Now There Are Two of Them?

We all know by now that President Bush doesn't race right out to the stoop at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue before... More

Making Sense of It All

In an incisive analysis in this morning's New York Times, Robin Toner captures the particular zeitgeist fueling the Democratic candidates... More

Tapping out Joe’s swan song

The "Joe-mentum" is building -- not exactly the voter shift Sen. Joe Lieberman had in mind, but a definite trend... More

Be Careful What You Link To

Tip to Howard Kurtz: If you're going to link to an article, read the whole thing. In his WashingtonPost.com column,... More

Bafflegab from The Times

The usually astute Francis X. Clines, writing from the bully pulpit of "Editorial Observer" on The New York Times editorial... More

A Fresh Take on South Carolina

Today's Atlanta-Constitution Journal, regrettably ignored north of the Mason-Dixon line, offers some useful insight into the upcoming South Carolina primary.... More

Note to Staff: Connect the Dots

In the wake of the big shakeup in his campaign organization, is Gov. Howard Dean still at odds with his... More

Say What?

Slate's Will Saletan, whose coverage of the campaign so far has been excellent, trips up here. Saletan notes that Howard... More

Silence Echoes, Too

Campaign Desk has twice reported on the biased National Election Pool exit polling conducted for the networks by Edison/Mitofsky outside... More

Weapons of Mass Delusion

Joe Conason writing for Salon (subscription, or sitting through an annoying ad, required) has the scoop of the day. During... More

Damned if He Does, Damned if He Doesn’t?

If it seems that CampaignDesk is beating up on reporters lately for poking and prodding at Howard Dean as if... More

Worst Poetry Reference of the Week

From Todd Purdum's page one news analysis article in this morning's New York Times: "I'm all that's left standing of... More

Did He or Didn’t He? Should They or Shouldn’t They?

One thing Campaign Desk hopes to avoid is coming across like the Church Lady on Saturday Night Live...but sometimes temptation... More

Wallace Jumps the Gun

Less than ten minutes into Fox News Channel’s coverage of the New Hampshire primary Chris Wallace reported on the controversial... More

The Networks Go Around the Bend

Most of the questions asked in the official exit poll for the New Hampshire primary today are routine: Are you... More

Local Turnout

If you have been reading any of the New Hampshire primary coverage then you are aware that William M. Gardner,... More

Independents: Do They Really Hide from Pollsters?

Two star political reporters recently dropped the ball on the issue of measuring independent voters and their possible effect on... More

Never, Ever, Ever?

Do you recall that day in school when the teacher warned against absolutes in writing? That is -- be wary... More

Which Dan Balz Do You Read?

Last week, with the conventional wisdom holding that Gov. Howard Dean's candidacy was in dire straits coming off his third-place... More

Thanks For Telling Us

John Glionna of the Los Angeles Times slips this quote into a piece on why Joe Lieberman's candidacy didn't catch... More

No Good Dean-ism Goes Unrepeated

Pop quiz time. Why are politicians different from reporters? (No jokes about the penchant for junk food and odds hours,... More

Peter Jennings vs. Wesley Clark vs. Michael Moore vs. George W. Bush

By Thomas Lang Campaign Desk has received a slew of emails requesting our voice in the Gen. Wes Clark--Michael Moore--George... More

Exhuming the Lede

One downside to having a superstar reporter covering the race is that editors may be unwilling to mess with The... More

In New Hampshire, Voters Actually Think

As the New York Times' Gail Collins notes this morning, New Hampshire is a state where no drive is too... More

Is a Fact That Hard to Recognize?

Sometimes reporters are so used to be being spun that they don't recognize when they're simply being told the facts.... More

A New Hampshire Poll and $1.25 Will Buy You a Cup of Coffee

This morning's New York Times contains an on-the-mark piece filed from New Hampshire by David E. Rosenbaum, reminding us, first,... More

In A Hall of Mirrors, the Pundits Ponder Their Own Creation

By Bryan Keefer Gov. Howard Dean's passionate post-caucus speech to his supporters last Monday may become a turning point in... More

Flip, Flop, Flip

The day before the Iowa caucus David Yepsen, the renowned Des Moines Register caucus expert, predicted that organization would be... More

Diane, Ask A Question Already!

Why did we get up from watching Diane Sawyer's talk feast with Howard and Judy Dean on ABC News' "Primetime"... More

Calling the Caucus

By Thomas Lang Before next Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, it's worth taking one last look at how the networks handled... More

Questioning the Questioners

What was up with all those inane "gotcha" questions in last night's Democratic debate? For my money, this was the... More

Hogging the Spotlight

Did it seem to you that the four moderators spoke about as much as the candidates in last night's Democratic... More

What Did Clark Say?

On January 8th Gen. Wesley Clark met with the Concord Monitor's editorial board. The following day the paper ran an... More

Anybody here named Joe ?

Remember when Joe Lieberman was regarded as a major player in the New Hampshire primary -- like, four days ago?... More

Is CNN Giving Edwards a Free Pass?

The same media that sets the bar high for some candidates sets the bar low for others. While Gov. Howard... More

Bring Out the Straitjacket

Gov. Howard Dean's enthusiastic speech to his campaign workers after taking third place in the Iowa Caucus is the talk... More

The New Hampshire Expectations Bowl (Continued)

For days the press has been busily telling us who needs to finish where in the New Hampshire primary to... More

USA Today Takes the Extra Step

Here's a useful analysis by USA Today of the State of the Union, which looks closely at the president's words,... More

“If Only He Hadn’t Listened to … Me”

Sometimes the conventional wisdom forgets itself (or forgets what it was wise about). In a piece last October, Jodi Wilgoren... More

“News” We Could Have Done Without

Deep into his otherwise solid front-page New York Times analysis of last night's State of the Union speech, Todd Purdum... More

The New Hampshire Expectations Bowl Kicks Off

While analysts pore over the meaning of the results of last night's Iowa caucuses, journalists have already begun to set... More

Faulty Logic on Dean’s decline

As the polling numbers rolled in last night, the cable news networks had their hands full explaining to the viewers... More

Times 1, Post 0

Compare these two analyses - one from The New York Times, the other from The Washington Post - of how... More

Say WHAT??

Our favorite almost-comic moment of last night's cable coverage of the Iowa caucuses came when a breathless Judy Woodruff on... More

Not Quite Yet, Jodi

Here's how Jodi Wilgoren and Christine Hauser of The New York Times led off their Howard Dean story from New... More

“Oops — There ARE More Than Two Candidates”

The cover-your-butt reporting has begun even before the results of the Iowa caucuses are in. As recently as a week... More

Nice Lede, But Where’s the Beef?

People picking up their papers across America in Redwood City, California, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lorain, Ohio, and Helena, Montana today will... More

The Associated Press Goes South

Readers hit us with a flurry of emails on this one: Sunday evening Patrick Condon of the Associated Press filed... More

Telling Detail

There's a world of difference between the detail and the telling detail, and while the weekend's campaign coverage contains plenty... More

Alright, Chorus, All Together Now …

Electability. Electability. Electability. In case you haven't read today's papers yet, Campaign Desk is here to inform you that electability... More

The Times Gets It Right

In this morning's New York Times, Neil A. Lewis offers a welcome respite for readers battle-fatigued from too many campaign... More

Welcome to CampaignDesk.org

Greetings! You have just logged on to what all of us at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism think is an... More

We Know What You Did Last Summer

Comes now an incisive dose of the conventional wisdom on the Democratic primaries . . . circa August 2003. Unfortunately,... More

Dean: This Week’s Pi�ata

Have you been getting the feeling that, as the Iowa caucuses bear down upon us, the campaign press has been... More

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Converge on One Story

The echo chamber is vibrating with full force after yesterday's distortion of Gen. Wes Clark's 2002 testimony to the House... More

ABC: An Example of Abuse

By Zachary Roth What was ABC News smoking? That's what a lot of people (including Mickey Kaus) are asking today... More

Drudge: The Ellipse as a Tool of Deception

Thursday afternoon, the Drudge Report chimed in with a grossly incorrect headline, "Wes Clark Made Case For Iraq War Before... More

Which AP Writer Are You Reading?

It's not unusual for any news outlet to get one thing right and another thing wrong on a given day.... More

Dr. Dean, Meet the Press

By Zachary Roth Does the political press have a vested interest in slowing down the Howard Dean juggernaut? After all,... More

Look Inside the Bush Mindset

By Zachary Roth In an extraordinary piece in the Jan. 19 New Yorker, Ken Auletta explores the Bush administration's deeply-held... More

Slate’s Misleading Shots at Gen. Clark

By Thomas Lang Slate took on Gen. Wesley Clark on Monday of this week, and proceeded to shoot itself in... More

Q&A: An Apple critic with plenty to say - John Siracusa’s legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year

Why one editor won’t run any more op-eds by the Heritage Foundation’s top economist - A reply to Paul Krugman on state taxes and job growth made some incorrect claims

4 topics John Oliver explained more clearly than television news - The political satirist brings explainer comedy to HBO viewers

Michael Brown shooting and the crimes journalists choose as newsworthy - Examining why black suspects are covered at a greater proportion than they commit crimes

GOP-backed fake news sites target Dems in congressional races - - Unlike The Onion and other satire sites, the goal is to fool voters, not make them laugh


New WaPo publisher (WaPo)

The departure of Katharine Weymouth ends eight decades of Graham family leadership

The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

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