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  1. Politics

    Press Pack Chases Wrong Dog Up Wrong Tree

    July 2, 2004 02:34 PM

    A week ago, Republican Jack Ryan was forced to drop out of the Senate race in Illinois after unseemly and politically damaging details emerged from his divorce records, which were unsealed following a lawsuit filed by Chicago media outlets.... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Washington Times Takes It a Slur Too Far

    June 30, 2004 05:00 PM

    The Washington Times is owned by fringe religious leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who, in addition to having been saluted by members of Congress, has spoken rapturously of the mass extinction of gays and called on Jews to... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    Breathing Life Into the Dreaded Issue Story

    June 28, 2004 04:58 PM

    It's difficult to find too many people -- inside or outside of journalism -- who don't periodically profess the noble view that the campaign press should place a greater focus on issues. The reason those preachments don't translate to better... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    The New York Times Introduces the Song of Summer

    June 25, 2004 01:46 PM

    It's summer, which means an insipid yet strangely irresistible new pop song should soon find its way onto radio stations across America, where it will be played over and over until we all begin numbly bobbing our heads to the... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    It’s Summertime, and the Fishin’ Is Easy

    June 24, 2004 03:57 PM

    Yesterday, CNN featured on its main page a Mark Gongloff-penned piece trying to hang President Bush's chances of being reelected on ... the stock market. The story discussed a report arguing that the stock market's staggers over the past... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    P is for Press Corps, Which Drowned in the Spin

    June 22, 2004 05:53 PM

    Ah, optimism. As Michael Kinsley points out in today's Los Angeles Times, it's "pretty insufficient as either a campaign promise or a governing principle," a meaningless measure of qualification for high office. But optimism, it turns out, is infectious.... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    At Reuters, Now You See It, Now You Don’t

    June 11, 2004 03:37 PM

    Check out the first sentence of this Reuters piece from today, which is entitled "National Mourning Helps Bush Politically For Now": A week of national mourning for Ronald Reagan has helped President Bush politically by shunting Democrat John... Continue reading

  8. Blog Report

    From Mourning to Afternoon in America (Or At Least the Blogosphere)

    June 10, 2004 12:49 PM

    Oddly, few bloggers are paying attention to John Ashcroft's refusal to release a document allegedly "making the point that some forms of torture, if approved by the president, would not be illegal," according to Andrew Sullivan. (He also writes... Continue reading

  9. Blog Report

    Fatuousness and Fat

    June 9, 2004 12:01 PM

    The conservative corners of the blogosphere are embroiled in debate over the "fatuousness" of comparing former California Governor Ronald Reagan to present-day governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Andrew Sullivan, who sees the Gipper in the Governator, posts a reader email arguing... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    AP Brings Out the Leftovers

    June 8, 2004 05:20 PM

    It's a slow political news day, which perhaps explains why the Associated Press has just offered up one of the least essential stories to come across the wire in quite a while: "Kerry Seeks Columns From Iowa Governor." Turns... Continue reading

  11. Blog Report

    Remembering Reagan

    June 7, 2004 01:22 PM

    While conservative blogs, as well as the cable news networks, are awash in glowing appraisals of Ronald Reagan's life and career, some of their liberal counterparts are hesitant to provide a similar hagiography. "It would be inappropriate," says Tom... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    Through a Glass Darkly

    June 4, 2004 05:36 PM

    News coverage of an event often isn't about what actually took place there. Many ostensibly objective reporters come to political events with partisan agendas -- and their coverage suggests that they're more interested in cherry picking quotes to suit those... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Watching The Spin At Work

    June 4, 2004 12:03 PM

    The second day of the "Take Back America" conference, held this week in Washington, DC, opened with a speech by the Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr., an African-American pastor from New York City. Around 2,000 leftist activists, mostly white... Continue reading

  14. The Water Cooler

    Arianna Huffington on Flip-Flops, Press Herds, and What’s More Disturbing than Jayson Blair

    June 4, 2004 09:06 AM

    Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington is a nationally syndicated columnist and the author of ten books, including 2004's Fanatics and Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America.... Continue reading

  15. Magazine Report

    I Like New York In June - How About You?

    June 1, 2004 03:51 PM

    Alex Polier, the woman falsely accused of being John Kerry's Monica Lewinsky, tells her story in New York Magazine this week, and it's pretty fascinating reading (glam shot notwithstanding). The piece, essentially an inside look at what happens when... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Guilty of … Enterprise

    May 28, 2004 03:20 PM

    Next week, there will be a special election to decide whether Republican Larry Diedrich or Democrat Stephanie Herseth will replace former Republican Rep. Bill Janklow as South Dakota's sole U.S. House representative. KELO of Sioux Falls, one of the most... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    Pin the Tail on the Donkey

    May 27, 2004 02:00 PM

    Here we go again. Earlier this week, we wrote about the regrettable practice that producers of CNN's "American Morning" have of regularly inviting partisan public relations professionals onto their show to engage in little more than bluster and spin. Today... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Where Are Those Damned Democrats?

    May 27, 2004 11:35 AM

    Yesterday, the Washington Times published a piece by Jennifer Harper arguing that "Democrats are talking trash these days" about the Bush administration. While the piece had an undeniable slant -- the lede referred to "the left wing's frantic and... Continue reading

  19. Behind the News

    Imagine Me and Pew, and Pew and Me

    May 26, 2004 04:50 PM

    When the Pew Research Center released the results Sunday of its survey of more than 500 journalists, partisans looking to kickstart the debate over "media bias" had reason to rejoice. Among the study's many findings was the fact that... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    Thanks for the Talking Points

    May 25, 2004 04:51 PM

    If you've ever watched CNN's "American Morning," you've likely caught Cliff May and Victor Kamber facing off over the hot political issue of the day. The past and present public relations professionals -- May is the former Republican National Committee... Continue reading

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