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November 2004

Canadian Bacon

Earlier today President Bush traveled to Ottawa to meet with Canada Prime Minister Paul Martin. This afternoon's account from the... More

Killer Politics

The major newsweeklies, like most of the newsrooms in America, had no doubt geared up to cover a disputed election... More

Where’s the Beef?

Perhaps the White House press corps is beginning to treat press briefings as the non-reality-based affairs that they are. Or... More

The Walls Have Ears

You've got to hand it to Nina Easton of the Boston Globe's Washington bureau. She made darn sure she didn't... More

The (Self-)Importance of Being a Blogger

Broadcast journalism is the bee in several bloggers' bonnets of late. Pandagon's Jesse Taylor, provoked by a viewing of yesterday's... More

Jonathan E. Kaplan on Tom DeLay, Baseball, and Advice to Freshmen

Jonathan E. Kaplan Jonathan E. Kaplan is a reporter for The Hill, a newspaper that covers Congress. Kaplan's primary... More

Smoking Out the Truth

On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal's Betsy McKay reported (subscription required) that obesity isn't the national epidemic that the federal... More

High Stakes

On Nov. 4, the Lincoln Journal Star ran a story about Nebraska Democrats calling for a ballot recount in Lancaster... More

DeLay Tactic

Check out this paragraph from a report by Janet Hook in today's Los Angeles Times about the Republicans' congressional agenda:... More

380 Tons of Explosives? What 380 Tons of Explosives?

We've discussed before the tendency of the political press during campaigns to slavishly take its cues from the candidates --... More

Kiss n’ Tell

After the president announced his selections of Condoleezza Rice and Margaret Spellings for new cabinet positions last week, the press... More

Coddling vs. Character at the New York Times

The lead story in yesterday's "Week in Review" section of the New York Times, by John Tierney, uses the movie... More

Down with the Post

From liberals to conservatives, no one is happy with the Washington Post: On Saturday, Maxspeak took on the Washington Post's... More

Towards a Journalism of Reality

One might assume that any reporter who consistently stood out during the pressure cooker of the election campaign would continue... More

Stirring the Pot

By Susan Q. Stranahan Journalists are about to embark on an uncommon task in American politics: covering a president's second... More

Tim Jones on Gay Marriage, Evangelicals, and 1968

Tim Jones Tim Jones is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He spent the presidential campaign covering the state... More

Missing the Target

Travis County, Texas, District Attorney Ronnie Earle has been in office since 1976. In that time, according to the New... More

Dumb and Dumber

The Daily Howler provides a well-deserved smackdown to Anne Applebaum of the Washington Post, who, in a column yesterday, argued... More

Setting Back the Clock

Today USA Today's Mark Memmott reports that the National Election Pool, the network consortium which, along with the Associated Press,... More

Same Gun, Bigger Target

Now that the election is more than two weeks past, we're overdue to introduce you to our new name and... More

Beating a Live Horse

Two stories on the New York Times' front page today compel us to once again beat that undead horse, the... More

Or Is It Hidden?

Sometimes, as a news consumer, you need to look hard to pick up the almost-subliminal subtext of a reporter's story.... More

Enterprise: Going the Extra Mile

Editor's Note: The owner of her own Pulitzer Prize, Susan Q. Stranahan knows a little bit about enterprise reporting. This... More

Which of These Things Is Not Like The Other: Unorthodox Views and David Broder

Minor blog-spat on the left: It began when Matthew Yglesias, writing on Tapped, declared that his "biggest fear about the... More

PEST, the Affliction That Flew Around the World

Last week, a Florida psychologist and certified sex therapist named Douglas Schooler sent out a press release announcing that he... More

Elephants? We (Still) Don’t See No Elephants

Today, the Boston Globe's Peter S. Canellos, in his weekly "National Perspective" analysis, muses about John Kerry's future, noting that... More

Trivial Pursuits

Part five of a series evaluating the media's performance during the 2004 campaign. By Liz Cox Barrett Time and again... More

The “Moral Values” Chronicles

This week on the "moral values" beat, Newsweek has Debra Rosenberg and Rebecca Sinderbrand writing about the religious right's bid... More

Broder De-coder

We don't often comment on political commentary. After all, a columnist's job is not to report, it's to argue a... More

The Undisputed Champion of the 2004 Campaign: The Talking Point

Part four of a series evaluating the media's performance during the 2004 campaign. The life cycle of a talking point... More

Rising Above the Trenches

Here's a story honoring those usually anonymous ground troops of journalism, the dedicated scribes who devotedly fill those hard, front-row... More

Recriminations, Corrections, and Standing up to Scott Peterson

It's the last gasp (let's hope) of Democratic finger-pointing and recriminations, and Josh Marshall is going after the "aristocracy of... More

Free the Forty-Third Street Twelve Hundred!

Daniel Okrent, public editor of New York Times, starts his biweekly column off with a bang today with this heretical... More

CBS Goes Into the Tank

This week brought more than one example of the sort of thing that Campaign Desk (soon to be renamed), with... More

Hendrik Hertzberg on Stupefaction, Sadness and “Outliars”

Hendrick Hertzberg (Courtesy The New Yorker) Hendrik Hertzberg is a senior editor and staff writer at The New Yorker.... More

The Horse Race Mentality

Part three of a series evaluating the media's performance during the 2004 campaign. A month ago, we ran a satirical... More

Election Over, Anonymice Scamper Back Onto Page One

Nine months ago, the New York Times reaffirmed its commitment to cutting down on anonymous sourcing. All election season long,... More

Grapefruits and Grapes

Part two of a series evaluating the media's performance during the 2004 campaign. By Zachary Roth As the election year... More

Chasing Conspiracy Theorists

Late in the morning of November 3, to the chagrin of many of his supporters, John Kerry resisted the pressure... More

Seeing Red, Seeing Blue — Seeing Clearly

Some of the best political commentary this season has appeared in The New York Times' Sunday Arts & Leisure section,... More

Supply and Demand

Election or no election, we shall always have reporters on deadline and in need of a quick dial-a-quote, just as... More

That Old-Time Religion

Walking bravely into the "moral values" debate, Bob Somerby at the Daily Howler writes, "In the wake of the recent... More

100 Percent Off at Associated Press

When is one percent not one percent? When it's one percentage point. In an article yesterday, the Associated Press' Leigh... More

Those Pesky Polls

Ever wonder what those controversial polls actually ask voters? We have. Thanks to The Onion, we now know. The satiric... More

Still Ambivalent After All These Years

Part one of a series evaluating the media's performance during the 2004 campaign. In a perfect world, the press would... More

Campaign Desk Looks Back On a Year of Spin

Given that voters see and hear about election campaigns mainly through the press, and given that the press is acutely... More

Red and Blue, Slugging It Out

It's Nov. 10, so we have under our belts now a week's worth of either legging the victory lap or... More

A Look Back at the Foibles and Fumblings of a Campaign Press at Sea

Given that voters see and hear about election campaigns mainly through the press, and given that the press is acutely... More

Nuance, Resolve, Freedom, and Values

Pollster Frank Luntz, linguist George Lakoff and others have long understood how framing issues with the clever use of language... More

Campaign ‘04, R.I.P.

Everybody loves a winner, and that goes double for middle-of-the-road newsweeklies. Says Time, sounding like a Bush campaign ad: "When... More

The Times Finds Swingers

Kirk Johnson of the New York Times is still combing the empty stadium this morning, looking for those elusive swing... More

Taking Voice One Step Too Far

Campaign Desk has frequently urged reporters to assume what has been called "reportorial authority" by comparing partisan he said/she said... More

On Second Thought, Cancel that “End of the Planet!” Alarm

If a basketball team were to lose a game in which 115 points were scored by a margin of three... More

Shining the Spotlight on Antiwar Conservatives

Today, in the Week in Review section of the New York Times, David P. Kirkpatrick calls to our attention a... More

The Post Takes a Baby Step in the Right Direction

On Friday, the Washington Post ran an article analyzing the fiscal impact of the proposals that President Bush identified during... More

Lou Chibbaro Jr. on Gay Marriage Initiatives, What the Mainstream Press Misses, and Gay Journalism in Red States

Lou Chibbaro Jr. Lou Chibbaro Jr. is the senior news reporter at the Washington Blade, one of the nation's... More

Some Wonder Who “Some” Is

"Relaxed" is how more than one reporter described President Bush's bearing during his news conference yesterday. Unfortunately, with the frenetic... More

Let the News Be the News

Given all the proposals floated by each candidate during the campaign, no matter who had won the presidency, it was... More

Hide Your Head, CW

Amid all the post-game commentary, let’s take a look at just how the old warhorse of campaign coverage performed. We’re... More

Hindsight is 20/20

Last Sunday, Campaign Desk gave readers two parodies of day-after election stories (the basic Bush Won/Kerry Won pieces, filled with... More

Let the Lamentations and Recriminations Begin

The political press will, for the next few days or so, churn out speculative tomes along two lines: 1 --... More

Dolchstosslegende, Hate Mail and Jesusland

One would think that someone posting on a website called "redstate.org" wouldn't write with all the pretension of some effete... More

No Way to Run an Election

Navel-gazing about the results and implications of Tuesday's voting will continue through a few more news cycles. At the least.... More

Swingin’ Grandmas

If there was one theme during Campaign '04, it was the race by the political press to figure out who... More

Exit Polls, Schmexit Polls

In a post yesterday about Election Day exit polls, we noted that long gone is the Voter News Service, the... More

Without Value

The National Election Pool's widely cited exit polls found that 22 percent of all voters cited "moral values" as the... More

Grasping at Straws, Early and Late

After months of following the horserace with bated breath, the blogosphere convulsed with post after jittery post on Election Day... More

Jumping the Gun - Again

At 1:40 a.m., Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, a Republican, told CNN, "I would suggest to you that if... More

In This Case, No News Is Bad News

As predicted, at this hour both Democrats and Republicans are making allegations of voting irregularities and dirty tricks. Here are... More

Halloween on November 2

A number of Internet sites and even one mainstream media outlet have argued for posting (and in some cases, already... More

Racing to be Last

The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, New York Times and USA Today all ran stories yesterday or... More

Writing Around the Big Story

Tough time to be a weekly news magazine. The latest edition is put to bed over the weekend. Yet the... More

Why Pay for the Poll if You Don’t Understand It?

Today the Gallup poll released its final head-to-head horserace numbers. The results, which predictably ran on the front page of... More

Umm, No, That’s Not What He Said

Yesterday on "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace said the following to Kerry advisor Bob Shrum: Bob, I want you... More

Off the Money

Thanks to a reader for this one: Our latest entry in the always-popular unsupported lead contest comes from Dan Burns... More

To Our Readers: No Pumpkins Here

Many readers have called, e-mailed, and written to ask what happens to the hardy band known as Campaign Desk at... More

Kerry and Bush: A Couple of Wild and Crazy Guys!

With one day to go, both campaigns are hustling to portray their candidate as a cocksure prize fighter on the... More

Football, Followed by a Stiff Scotch

With the election countdown now calculated in hours, bloggers have been inspired to do a little feverish, last-minute poll-searching in... More

16 women whose digital startups deserve Vox-level plaudits - A look at the media entrepreneurs who aren’t grabbing headlines

Why was ‘Dasani’ shut out of the Pulitzers? - 5 problems with The New York Times’ ambitious, influential series on the life of one homeless Brooklyn girl

The AP downplays its Obamacare scoop - Repeal on deductible caps marks another step in The Great Cost Shift

The enduring pull of mag covers - Why do magazine cover images still hold so much cultural power in this decline-of-print era?

Michael Wolff’s digital media bloopers - The Newser founder trolls (other) digital-news companies


The shirt on your back

How did the clothes you’re wearing get to you? We trace the human cost of the Bangladeshi garment industry in video, words and pictures

Anxious royalist

Fantastic letter in The Times

Coming out as a porn star

How do you tell your family and friends?

The truth about Google X

A look behind the secretive lab’s closed doors

New Jersey’s good government

Despite the bridge scandal, Chris Christie’s state is relatively transparent and accountable. CJR’s Greg Marx talks to Gordon Witkin

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