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May 2004

Delivering the Goods

Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times, who has won the respect of many of his colleagues -- and regular... More

Downhill Racing

As we've noted before, column writing is a brutal occupation. A practitioneer of the art has to be like James... More

Okrent Lays Down a Challenge

New York Times public editor Daniel Okrent this week brings us a belated but scathing examination of his own newspaper's... More

Reading the Tea Leaves

In Sunday's Week in Review section of The New York Times, David E. Sanger examines the ongoing crumbling of what... More

Guilty of … Enterprise

Next week, there will be a special election to decide whether Republican Larry Diedrich or Democrat Stephanie Herseth will replace... More

Everyone Was There … Except for the Public

Yesterday, Sen. John Kerry wrapped up a blitz of the Pacific Northwest, and President George Bush popped into Nashville briefly... More

Ryan Lizza Ponders the 15-Minute News Cycle, the Campaign Trail, Blogs and the Washington Post’s New Cicadas Beat

Ryan Lizza is the White House correspondent -- and has been covering the 2004 presidential campaign -- for The New... More

Pickler Headline “Not Kosher”

The offending headline. Today The Washington Post drops the baton in the apparently never-ending relay race to slap an... More

Pin the Tail on the Donkey

Here we go again. Earlier this week, we wrote about the regrettable practice that producers of CNN's "American Morning" have... More

Good Things Come in Twos

Maybe the conventional wisdom that President Bush's speech about Iraq Monday night put the pressure on Sen. John Kerry to... More

Gassing the Reader

So, here's how you cover a campaign speech: The candidate makes a statement. You write it down, then you call... More

Where Are Those Damned Democrats?

Yesterday, the Washington Times published a piece by Jennifer Harper arguing that "Democrats are talking trash these days" about the... More


Take out your Waterman pen, brush the dust off your calendars, flip forward to July, scan down to the 21st,... More

Imagine Me and Pew, and Pew and Me

When the Pew Research Center released the results Sunday of its survey of more than 500 journalists, partisans looking to... More

Winging It

The media says John Kerry isn't warm and fuzzy. Or funny. What do they know? Showing off his new campaign... More

Face-Time, Local Style

Sometimes, it pays to see a story through a fresh pair of eyes. The candidates certainly hope so. George Bush... More

Religious Wrong?

Ryan Lizza, writing on his blog for the New Republic, returns from a conference on religion and politics with some... More

Thanks for the Talking Points

If you've ever watched CNN's "American Morning," you've likely caught Cliff May and Victor Kamber facing off over the hot... More

Running out of Energy

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Campaign Desk today again takes up the question of gasoline prices,... More

Ad-ing Up the Facts

The New York Times gets points for a story today by Jim Rutenberg, headlined "Campaign Ads are Under Fire for... More

Group Hugs, Truck Pulls, and Cookies

Vietnam has long stood as the insta-analogy for any modern conflict. With the sixtieth anniversary of D-Day only days away,... More

The Lines Get Blurrier

Last week, Campaign Desk wrote about how print journalists are increasingly blurring the lines between news reporting and what has... More

Bicycles, Blogs, and Mr. Burns

Is it just us, or have the candidates taken an unusual number of spills while exercising so far this campaign... More

Beyond the Wafer Watch

By Susan Q. Stranahan "Religion is the third rail of Democratic Party politics," writes Amy Sullivan in a recent issue... More

Coloring New Jersey

By Thomas Lang Yesterday morning on CNN's "American Morning," former Clinton aide Lisa Caputo nominated New Jersey's transformation to a... More

Nasty as They Wanna Be

Yesterday, Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she believed "that the president's leadership and the actions taken in Iraq... More

Swing(ing) Voters

The never-ending search for the demographic group that will swing the election has taken reporters down some strange roads. The... More

Jill Lawrence on Flip-Floppers of Yore, Making “The Daily Show,” and Campaign Swag

Jill Lawrence (Courtesy USA Today) Jill Lawrence has covered politics for USA Today since 1996. She has reported on... More

Not Necessarily the News

By Brian Montopoli In his capacity as Newsweek columnist, Jonathan Alter crafts nuanced arguments that, while compelling, rarely push far... More

Anonymous Confessions

Today, David M. Halbfinger provides an unintentionally comic twist in The New York Times pin-the-tail-on-the-anonymous-source game. In the fourth paragraph... More

Eat, Drink and Beat Kerry

On any given day, the blogosphere offers a virtual smorgasbord of convictions, conflicts and criticisms, sustaining readers of all political... More

Battleground Baloney

We knew this would happen sooner or later. And now, thanks to Howard Fineman, it's happened sooner. It's battleground state-ism... More

Pumping Up the Process

In this morning's USA Today, Judy Keen clues us in to a dirty little political secret: The maneuvering that made... More

Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad, Press Coverage Really Bad

All happy political animals are alike, but each unhappy political animal is unhappy in its own way. Today, the Political... More

The Drudge Report: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Back in February, Matt Drudge wrote an undocumented story claiming that one of John Kerry's interns had fled the country... More

Tax Attacks Lack Facts

We can say one thing for Mike Glover's Associated Press dispatch today about a speech by John Kerry in Portland,... More

Curbing the Kerry Enthusiasm

In what the Note -- itself a must-read -- calls a must-read, Michael Duffy, Matthew Cooper, and John Dickerson of... More

Reporters: Asset, or Achilles’ Heel?

Campaign Desk has commented more than once on the increasingly stale media debate: Teresa Heinz Kerry, asset or Achilles' heel?... More

Anonymous Assault

Campaign Desk has noted the press corps' affinity for anonymous sources before. Too often reporters err by allowing political operatives... More

We’re All in Kansas Now, Toto

With both President Bush and Senator Kerry in Topeka, Kansas today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board... More

What We Would Do If We Were You

Advice may be more agreeable in the mouth (or, in this case, on the keyboard) than in the ear, but... More

Gristle for the Beast

On Sunday, the Boston Globe gave us a little counterintuitive news: contrary to the conventional wisdom that John Kerry was... More

Fighting the Last War

By Thomas Lang The 2000 election hangover lives on. Coverage of the 2004 election is already being shaped by the... More

In the Dark on Wesley Clark

In a piece today that looks at several of John Kerry's choices for a running-mate, Nedra Pickler of the Associated... More

Jake Tapper on Indiana Townies, Wounded Moose, and Going Over to the Dark Side

Jake Tapper (Courtesy of ABC) Jake Tapper is an ABC News correspondent based in Washington. Previously, he was the... More

Reporting That’s “Not a Success”

A little precision from the press corps can sometimes go a long way. Yesterday John Kerry gave an interview with... More

Sound-Bite Sampler

Today the St. Petersburg Times' Adam C. Smith provides a refreshing account of Kerry's campaign appearance in Orlando. Smith shuns... More

Infernal TV

Sometimes -- not too often, but sometimes -- we at Campaign Desk find ourselves a friend in the blogosphere. So... More

Just Say No

Was this a story? NBC's "Nightly News with Tom Brokaw" last night ran a short segment on the impact of... More

I’ll Take the Veepstakes for $1000, Alex

Today's blog version of D.C. Power Players Jeopardy features (what else?) the Veepstakes. Washington Monthly's Kevin Drum runs the name... More

When an Editor Chases “Balance” Over a Cliff

Editorial pages editors have long wrestled with the question of how to treat letters to the editor. Should a newspaper... More

Redemption and the Wafer Watch

George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, the newest installment of Sy Hersh's New Yorker reporting on Abu Ghraib and November 2 continue... More

Houston (and Dallas) We Have a Problem

Ralph Nader has kept a low-profile since he announced his candidacy for the presidency last February. Polling results measuring the... More

Rumsfeld, Abu Ghraib, and the Stanford Prison Experiment

The story-behind-the-story this week is only tangentially campaign-related. That story is the willingness of the suddenly-emboldened major news magazines to... More

The Pull of Polls

By Thomas Lang If the 2004 presidential campaign coverage were a sick child, it would certainly be suffering from an... More

Ducking Before a Punch is Thrown

By Brian Montopoli In his "Media Notes Extra" column on Friday, Howard Kurtz expressed his frustration with those who "accuse... More

Skimming the Surface

Remember all that stuff you've been reading lately about how this election offers voters a clear choice between the two... More

Affixing Blame

More news and photos from the Abu Ghraib prison have left many bloggers, like everyone else, asking who will be... More

David Brock on Rush Limbaugh, Campaign Desk, and “Media Matters for America”

David Brock is the author of four political books, including the forthcoming The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How... More

Fear and Gnawing in Palm Beach

On Monday, Campaign Desk pointed to stories by the Associated Press's Ron Fournier and The New York Times' Adam Nagourney,... More

Objects In Rear View Mirror May Appear Larger Than They Are

As we've noted here, the conventional wisdom among pontificators, pundits and pollsters has been to focus on the swing states... More

Gerhart On (And Behind) The Scene

Yesterday, Campaign Desk applauded a few reporters' passing efforts to shed light on the behind-the-scenes machinations that produce compliant, cheering... More

Pre-season Quarterbacking

Memo to Campaign Organizers: You might want to call Nate Bloomquist. He's got the whole thing figured out. November 2... More

Bizzaro World Emerges

When we were little tykes, Campaign Desk enjoyed watching a Canadian children's television show called You Can't Do That On... More

Covering Crowd Control

One staple in from-the-campaign-trail stories is a passing description of the welcoming, applause-ready crowds gathered to hear candidates' stump speeches.... More

Letting the Sun Shine in to the Sunshine State

As we've noted before, coverage of Election 2004 has so far been lacking in detailed, on-the-ground assessments of the campaigns'... More

Who Was That Guy? And What Was His Phone Number?

While John Kerry was describing to a worried mother in Albuquerque how his Iraq policy differed from George Bush's, and... More

Shakespeare, South Korea, and Stunning Non Sequiturs

Josh Marshall invokes the Bard today, bringing us an exchange from Henry V involving two English soldiers that a disguised... More

Part of the News That�s Fit to Print

David Stout covers President Bush's speech at a pancake breakfast in Maumee, Ohio this morning for the But his... More

No Echoes Here

Television isn't always the easiest form for presidential candidates to master: they have to learn to whittle multipart messages down... More

Ambush by Pull-Quote

We're not much into critiquing typographical devices here at Campaign Desk, but there comes a time. This is that time.... More

Get Off The Bus, Already

Like a bunch of school kids on a field trip, the White House Press Corps hit the heartland yesterday accompanying... More

Reply Hazy, Try Again … Again … Again …

This week has magazine scribes raising sweeping questions and relying on a range of sources to supply a range of... More

Reporters, Like Bees and Dogs, Can Smell Fear

Democrats are afraid. We know ... because the Associated Press's Ron Fournier told us so on Friday, in a "newsview"... More

Which War Are They Watching?

An alert reader points us to a Reuters story today about the deaths of four soldiers in Iraq. According to... More

Who’s In Charge Here?

By Zachary Roth In Sunday's New York Times, Elisabeth Bumiller sets out to make the case that, despite what some... More

Hobbits in Black Tie and Attack by Adjective

It's a rainy, depressing morning in New York, and the blogs aren't doing much to shake us from our weekend... More

Outside the Beltway, Someone Is Digging

The presidential campaign is being waged in just 18 states, where, in 2000, the difference between the vote for Al... More

New survey reveals everything you think about freelancing is true - Data from Project Word quantifies challenges of freelance investigative reporting

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

Why we ‘stave off’ colds - It all started with wine

The New Republic, then and now - Tallying the staff turnover at the overhauled magazine

Why serious journalism can coexist with audience-pleasing content - Legacy media organizations should experiment with digital platforms while continuing to publish hard news

The rise of feelings journalism (TNR)

“Bloom engaged in an increasingly popular style of writing, which I’ve discussed on my blog before, which I call “feelings journalism.” It involves a writer making an argument based on what they imagine someone else is thinking, what they feel may be another person’s feelings. The realm of fact, of reporting, has been left behind.”

Things a war correspondent should never say (WSJ)

“The correspondent retelling war stories surely knows that fellow correspondents had faced the same dangers or worse”

On WaPo trying to interview a cow (National Journal)

“‘I wasn’t milked on the White House lawn by a strange man,’ The Washington Post—the venerable institution that would later come to break the Watergate scandal and win 48 Pulitzers—quoted her, a farm animal, as saying”


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