Author Archive

Articles by Brian Montopoli | Email the Author


  1. Politics

    Imaginary Games, Imaginary Claims

    April 16, 2004 02:42 PM

    If playing a video game in which you're in control of an automatic weapon-wielding President Bush who kills terrorists as they storm, one-by-one, through the doors of the Oval Office, is your idea of a good time on a Friday... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Dick Morris Can Still Whirl a Reporter or Two

    April 15, 2004 06:32 PM

    It's a slow day here at Campaign Desk. How slow? Well, we're actually reading the New York Post's "Page Six" for campaign coverage, that's how slow. And, lo and behold, there we found a gem -- the ramblings of political-consultant-turned-partisan-columnist... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    Fishing With the President

    April 14, 2004 01:16 PM

    Campaign Desk thought the press did a pretty good job questioning President Bush during last night's prime time news conference -- journalists were less deferential and more insistent on pressing their questions, without seeming hostile, than we'd seen them... Continue reading

  4. Behind the News

    An Iconclast in Texas

    April 13, 2004 05:06 PM

    With the exquisite timing of a smart businessman, W. Leon Smith founded The Lone Star Iconoclast, Crawford, Texas' only newspaper, shortly before President Bush was elected to office in 2000. The first thing you notice about the Iconoclast are... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    Getting It First, Not Right

    April 9, 2004 05:06 PM

    Has the White House agreed to follow the 9/11 commission's recommendation and declassify the much-discussed Aug. 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States"? According to an Associated Press bulletin of 3:51 a.m.,... Continue reading

  6. The Water Cooler

    Anderson Cooper on Deconstructing Photo-Ops and Causing International Incidents

    April 2, 2004 05:06 PM

    CNN's Anderson Cooper(CNN/Eccles) Anderson Cooper is the anchor of "Anderson Cooper 360," which appears on weeknights on CNN. He is the former chief international correspondent for Channel... Continue reading

  7. Blog Report

    Who’s Angry?

    April 2, 2004 12:25 PM

    The New York Times resurrects the Valerie Plame story today, and once again lefty bloggers smell blood. Unfortunately for them, says Josh Marshall, the Times piece "implies a lot but says frustratingly little" about the inquiry. Investigators are... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    AP Evolves Before Our Very Eyes

    April 2, 2004 08:42 AM

    Thanks to the Poynter Institute's Matt Thompson, who passed along one of his colleague's observations about a rather striking inconsistency in the Associated Press' campaign coverage. Turns out that while AP stories about Sen. John Kerry usually include a link... Continue reading

  9. Blog Report

    Franken Gets Air, Kerry Gets Down & Bush Gets Rich

    April 1, 2004 12:25 PM

    Liberal radio network Air America kicked off yesterday with Al Franken's show, "The O'Franken Factor," and reviews are about what one might expect. Jeff A. Taylor at Reason's "Hit and Run" blog calls it "beyond parody," while Kos is... Continue reading

  10. Blog Report

    Flags, Nazis, Clarke and Fox Tales

    March 31, 2004 12:42 PM

    A spoof of the movie "Office Space," starring Richard Clarke in the Ron Livingston underling role, is causing giggles around the blogosphere. Here's an excerpt from the "script" -- with President Bush sounding an awfully lot like America's boss... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Clarke Hurts Bush; Bush Unhurt

    March 31, 2004 09:50 AM

    On Saturday, a Newsweek poll showed President Bush's approval rating for his handling of terrorism and homeland security had dropped from 70 to 57 percent in the past two months. The poll also said, however, that the president's overall approval... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    Les Punk Republicans!

    March 30, 2004 04:20 PM

    Like a hardcore band saving their best song for the encore, the punk Republicans have returned with a vengeance. L'Agence France-Presse (AFP) released a story this morning (in English -- we're not that comprehensive) that reprised the New York... Continue reading

  13. Blog Report

    Pickles and Guerillas

    March 30, 2004 12:53 PM

    Associated Press reporter Nedra Pickler -- or, as the blogosphere has taken to calling her, as though she were a Batman villain, "The Pickler" -- has become a favored target of liberal bloggers looking for conservative media bias. She's even... Continue reading

  14. Blog Report

    Clarke, Kos, and the Incredible Shrinking Carter

    March 29, 2004 12:35 PM

    We tried to keep this blog report light on Richard Clarke, in large part because bloggers have been repeating the same tired points for the past week or so. We're also tired of the terrible puns: "Clarke Kent," "Clarke Barred,"... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Every Hackneyed Cliché Needs an Exception

    March 26, 2004 05:17 PM

    Republicans?(AP/Fabian Bimmer) Read any "Punk Republican" stories lately? If not, count yourself lucky. You know the kind of piece we mean: one predicated on the notion... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Deep Throat Loses His Cover?

    March 25, 2004 06:46 PM

    By Brian Montopoli Journalists have long understood confidentiality to exist solely between a source and a reporter. If someone speaks "on background," the only ethical way in which a reporter can divulge the person's name would be if the... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    Sins of Commission

    March 24, 2004 04:30 PM

    For a student of the press, yesterday's hearings before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States didn't just provide insight into the nation's flawed intelligence systems. They also served as sort of a Rorschach Blot to determine... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Cavuto’s World

    March 23, 2004 04:29 PM

    Yesterday, Fox News Channel's Neil Cavuto interviewed Gen. Wesley Clark about author and former White House counter-terrorism advisor Richard Clarke's criticism of the Bush administration's performance in fighting terrorism. Instead of addressing Clarke's allegations, Cavuto opted to unleash a... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    Emboldening Who? Confusing What?

    March 19, 2004 05:55 PM

    On the "Today Show" this morning, NBC's Norah O'Donnell informed viewers that, "with Senator Kerry in mind, the president will say today, 'if you don't speak consistently and clearly, you may embolden your enemies and confuse your allies.'" The president,... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    The Times Takes A Spill

    March 19, 2004 01:15 PM

    It's difficult to know where to start with David Halbfinger's virtuoso display of not-so-subtle digs at John Kerry in the New York Times today. So let's just begin at the beginning: Halbfinger's opening paragraphs use Kerry's decision on whether... Continue reading

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9
  10. 10
  11. 11
  12. 12
  13. 13
  14. 14
  15. 15

Receive a FREE Issue

of Columbia Journalism Review
  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.
Join The CJR E-mail List

Editors' Picks