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  1. Politics

    The Lines Get Blurrier

    May 24, 2004 05:14 PM

    Last week, Campaign Desk wrote about how print journalists are increasingly blurring the lines between news reporting and what has traditionally been thought of as punditry. In an interview for that piece, the Washington Post's David Broder stressed how... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Nasty as They Wanna Be

    May 21, 2004 05:23 PM

    Yesterday, Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she believed "that the president's leadership and the actions taken in Iraq demonstrate an incompetence in terms of knowledge, judgment and experience." "The emperor has no clothes," she added. "When are people... Continue reading

  3. Behind the News

    Not Necessarily the News

    May 20, 2004 05:46 PM

    By Brian Montopoli In his capacity as Newsweek columnist, Jonathan Alter crafts nuanced arguments that, while compelling, rarely push far beyond the conventional wisdom. On Al Franken's radio show Tuesday, however, he showed a disdain for the Bush... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    The Drudge Report: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

    May 18, 2004 04:08 PM

    Back in February, Matt Drudge wrote an undocumented story claiming that one of John Kerry's interns had fled the country at the candidate's request, just as Kerry was fighting off a "media probe of recent alleged infidelity." In the piece,... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    Gristle for the Beast

    May 14, 2004 05:36 PM

    On Sunday, the Boston Globe gave us a little counterintuitive news: contrary to the conventional wisdom that John Kerry was struggling to connect with voters, the Democratic candidate's message was starting to "break through." "In recent days," wrote... Continue reading

  6. The Water Cooler

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

    May 14, 2004 10:10 AM

    Jake Tapper (Courtesy of ABC) Jake Tapper is an ABC News correspondent based in Washington. Previously, he was the Washington correspondent for Salon, a columnist for Talk... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    Ducking Before a Punch is Thrown

    May 10, 2004 02:40 PM

    By Brian Montopoli In his "Media Notes Extra" column on Friday, Howard Kurtz expressed his frustration with those who "accuse the media of pushing an antiwar agenda by reporting the abuse of Iraqi prisoners." Exhibit A, according to... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    Bizzaro World Emerges

    May 6, 2004 12:11 PM

    When we were little tykes, Campaign Desk enjoyed watching a Canadian children's television show called You Can't Do That On Television, which ran on Nickelodeon in the 1980s. While the undisputable highlight of the show was seeing people get... Continue reading

  9. Blog Report

    Shakespeare, South Korea, and Stunning Non Sequiturs

    May 5, 2004 11:51 AM

    Josh Marshall invokes the Bard today, bringing us an exchange from Henry V involving two English soldiers that a disguised King Henry encounters shortly before the battle of Agincourt. One soldier, John Bates, doesn't think it appropriate to question... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    No Echoes Here

    May 4, 2004 04:42 PM

    Television isn't always the easiest form for presidential candidates to master: they have to learn to whittle multipart messages down to compact sound bites, and if they fail, they risk not seeing their face on the news that evening. To... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Which War Are They Watching?

    May 3, 2004 02:53 PM

    An alert reader points us to a Reuters story today about the deaths of four soldiers in Iraq. According to the piece, "[t]he deaths take to 545 the number of U.S. troops killed since the U.S. invasion of Iraq... Continue reading

  12. Blog Report

    Hobbits in Black Tie and Attack by Adjective

    May 3, 2004 12:31 PM

    It's a rainy, depressing morning in New York, and the blogs aren't doing much to shake us from our weekend stupor, with the conservative/liberal tit-for-tat of fact-free charges seemingly nastier, and less substantive, than ever. Thank goodness we've got Wonkette!... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Follow the Bouncing Ball

    April 30, 2004 03:38 PM

    For the past two weeks or so, we've watched as a largely press-manufactured story has made its way from a little noticed column to The Washington Post op-ed page to an Associated Press dispatch to a Jodi Wilgoren-penned piece... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    The Case That Wasn’t There

    April 28, 2004 03:46 PM

    This week in the Village Voice, the ever-irascible James Ridgeway declares that "John Kerry Must Go." We were interested to see how Ridgeway would try to convince readers that Kerry should be replaced on the Democratic ticket, despite... Continue reading

  15. Magazine Report

    Sultry Teresa, Lucky Shrum, Gloomy Chait

    April 27, 2004 12:18 PM

    The media may not have a handle on John Kerry just yet, but the Teresa Heinz Kerry storyline has been set in stone for months. This week's issue of Newsweek goes where nearly everyone has gone before, asking, "Will... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Gary Hart, Monica, the Primal Scream - and What’s Next

    April 26, 2004 02:02 PM

    By Brian Montopoli Sixteen years ago, Paul Taylor of The Washington Post covered one of the most contentious presidential elections in recent history. It was during the 1988 Bush/Dukakis campaign that vice presidential nominee J. Danforth Quayle saw his... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    Sailboat Racer (Who Speaks French!) Releases War Records

    April 22, 2004 12:27 PM

    Yesterday, John Kerry released a number of his military records, days after being prodded to do so by Tim Russert on "Meet The Press," as well as by some Republicans. Most of the stories in this morning's papers suggested the... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Cutting Through the Flack

    April 20, 2004 04:30 PM

    Yesterday, John Kerry's campaign released three new ads, and the Bush campaign, in typical fashion, was quick to respond. In their piece in The Washington Post, Lois Romano and Howard Kurtz quote Bush campaign spokesman Steve Schmidt: All three... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    Russert Throws Party, Serves Leftovers

    April 19, 2004 04:45 PM

    Tim Russert of NBC's "Meet the Press" has earned respect for his straightforward interview style and blunt questions, and yesterday he got his latest shot at presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry. So Saturday night we drank our... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    Verbs? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Verbs

    April 16, 2004 05:16 PM

    In the head-over-heels rush to get on-line, Web site editors sometimes push the "publish" button before they've checked to see if their own edit makes any sense. This week's prize for the most baffling web posting goes to the on-line... Continue reading

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