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  1. Behind the News

    Ranting Under the Radar

    August 6, 2004 03:17 PM

    Last night, a Campaign Desk reader watching the local news on the Fox affiliate in Rochester, New York, nearly fell off his chair. That was when the program ended with a one-minute "Point of View" commentary by Mark Hyman, entitled... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    He Said What?

    August 5, 2004 01:53 PM

    This morning, President Bush made a beaut of a verbal gaffe. Speaking at the signing of a defense appropriations act, he said the following: Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    Whatever Happened to the Two-Headed Dog?

    August 4, 2004 04:44 PM

    The following question was posed yesterday afternoon on CNN's Inside Politics: Announcer: A divided America? John Edwards, speaking at the Democratic National Convention: The truth is we still live in a country where there are two different Americas. Barack... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    Trivial Pursuit

    August 3, 2004 01:01 PM

    A common refrain of media critics is that the press too often eschews substance for the most irrelevant aspects of a presidential campaign. But it's often tough to figure out to what degree the media's focus on minutiae affects one's... Continue reading

  5. Behind the News

    Swimming On the Ocean Floor

    July 29, 2004 03:51 PM

    By Brian Montopoli BOSTON -- This may be a convention for the Democrats and a convention for the media, but it is also, I realized yesterday, a convention for people who like to make funny hats. There are... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    Fahrenheit 24/7

    July 28, 2004 04:21 PM

    BOSTON -- Michael Moore is late, as usual. But the crowd gathered in Cambridge for the Take Back America rally, is, if not happy -- it's been more than an hour, after all -- certainly willing to wait. Moore is... Continue reading

  7. Behind the News

    Inside the Bucket

    July 27, 2004 02:08 PM

    BOSTON -- One of the odd things about the convention is that even the meta-stories -- the pieces about what everyone is supposedly talking about -- are already being told, on this, the second day of the festivities. People have... Continue reading

  8. Behind the News

    Bloggers Come to the Zoo - And Discover They’re the Ones on Display

    July 26, 2004 04:33 PM

    BOSTON -- Forty or so bloggers, clad in everything from coats and ties to jeans and t-shirts, gathered for breakfast at the Hilton Boston Back Bay this morning, and they got a taste of what it's like to be an... Continue reading

  9. The Water Cooler

    Jill Abramson on Fox News, “attack politics,” and the influence of the New York Times

    July 23, 2004 10:54 AM

    Jill Abramson has been one of two managing editors at the New York Times for 11 months. Prior to that, she was the Times' Washington bureau chief for three years. She spent ten years at the Wall Street Journal, and... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    What’s Asa Doing Here?

    July 16, 2004 04:02 PM

    In crafting their stories, many political journalists follow a simple formula: report on the controversy du jour, make a few phone calls to get the rhetoric from both sides, and throw in an "expert" to round things out. In... Continue reading

  11. Blog Report

    Enter the Nuge?

    July 15, 2004 12:21 PM

    Mike Ditka announced yesterday that he won't face Barack Obama in the Illinois Senate race, and now Taegan Goddard is reporting that the GOP may turn to rocker Ted Nugent. In addition to a live album called Full Bluntal... Continue reading

  12. Blog Report

    Of Dogs, Celebs, and a CBS Pratfall

    July 14, 2004 12:21 PM

    Yesterday was a bad day for one tough-talking Texan, reviled both by Bostonians and New Yorkers -- as well as the "liberal media." We're talking, of course, about Roger Clemens. And speaking of sports figures, Matt Drudge claimed... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Post Asks a Real Question, Supplies Real Answers

    July 13, 2004 03:26 PM

    John Kerry's selection of John Edwards has generated a veritable cottage industry of "he said/she said" stories about the aspiring veep's bonafides (or lack of them) for the nation's second highest office. Republicans have tried to paint Edwards as lacking... Continue reading

  14. Blog Report

    Lust in Their Hearts

    July 12, 2004 01:20 PM

    One member of the Kerry family was overheard last week to confide, "I have the biggest crush on John Edwards." Turns out, however, that it wasn't the one running for president. (Sorry Drudge.) According to Taegan Goddard, Alex... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Where Men Are Men, and Editorials Are Toxic

    July 9, 2004 02:11 PM

    For those of us committed to monitoring the media, writing about the Washington Times often feels like wrestling a cloud. For, despite the fact that the paper regularly offers up slant for political coverage and vitriol for editorials, the editors... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Putting Words in the Candidate’s Mouth

    July 7, 2004 05:34 PM

    President Bush made himself available for a few questions from the press this morning, and, not surprisingly, reporters were champing at the bit to talk about John "charming, engaging, a nimble campaigner, a populist, and even sexy" Edwards. ... Continue reading

  17. Magazine Report

    Just In: President Curses, Wives Cheat, Republicans Can’t Write

    July 6, 2004 04:18 PM

    According to U.S. News & World Report's "Washington Whispers," Vice President Cheney isn't the only White House occupant with a penchant for the f-bomb. President Bush, in fact, employs the word in a startling variety of grammatical forms: "He... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    The AP Reverts to Form

    July 6, 2004 01:48 PM

    All together now, class: The total number of net jobs lost since George Bush took office in January 2001 is 1.1 million. We've written several times about the Kerry campaign's persistently misleading claim that nearly 2 million jobs have... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    NY Post Goes Out on Limb, Which Promptly Snaps

    July 6, 2004 12:05 PM

    The New York Post, July 6, 2004 (AP) As you may know by now, New Yorkers awoke this morning to find newsstands awash in the New York... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    Endangered Species: The Crusading Press

    July 4, 2004 02:42 PM

    By Brian Montopoli In July of 1963, Newsweek became the first major newsmagazine to put the face of an unknown black American on its cover. The issue, which featured the tagline "The Negro in America," amounted to an "unspoken... Continue reading

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