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  1. Politics


    March 18, 2004 05:20 PM

    Gary Nolan, as you probably don't know, will likely be the Libertarian candidate for president. Assuming "Ten Commandments Judge" Roy Moore doesn't jump into the race, Michael Peroutka, who you've likely never heard of, is expected to represent the Constitution... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Poll Position

    March 17, 2004 11:37 AM

    According to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, President Bush leads Senator Kerry 46 percent to 43 percent in the race for the presidency. Don't feel bad if you haven't noticed: as Mickey Kaus pointed out yesterday, the Times... Continue reading

  3. Politics


    March 16, 2004 05:47 PM

    Yesterday, Associated Press White House correspondent Terence Hunt wrote a piece claiming, in the lede, that "even before the bombing in Madrid, White House officials were worrying that terrorists would strike the United States before the November elections." As... Continue reading

  4. Behind the News

    Revenge of the Anonymous

    March 12, 2004 04:34 PM

    By Brian Montopoli In press circles, there's been much buzz of late about ambitious new rules on anonymous sourcing put forth recently by both the Washington Post and the New York Times. Reporters and sources alike have been on... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    Balancing on The Wire

    March 11, 2004 12:56 PM

    Not long after Campaign Desk went online, we got a perceptive letter from a reader lamenting the dominance of wire stories where she lives. "I can't tell you how critically important it is that [wire] stories be as accurate... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    Kurtz: Out, Damn’d Spot

    March 10, 2004 12:01 PM

    Yesterday, The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz analyzed one of President Bush's new campaign ads. The ad features patriotic fare such as a family raising the flag and construction workers on the job, as well as more controversial images of... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    AP Goes Into the Tank

    March 9, 2004 03:02 PM

    As the Associated Press' Liz Sidoti reported yesterday, a conservative group called Citizens United has run an ad critical of John Kerry that parodies MasterCard's "priceless" commercials. (Ralph Nader put out a similar parody in 2000, attacking his opponents.)... Continue reading

  8. Behind the News

    The Blogosphere: Boys ‘n’ Their Toys

    March 8, 2004 02:43 PM

    Click around the blogosphere and you'll see a lot of ideological diversity. Bloggers are posting from left, right and center, from perspectives that range from Libertarian to Marxist. And on the surface, that diversity extends to other arenas: Men and... Continue reading

  9. The Water Cooler

    Mike Luckovich on Artists and Writers

    March 5, 2004 04:19 PM

    Today, Mike Luckovich, Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, discusses media coverage of the White House, media bias in the cartoon world and the shape of John Kerry's jaw. Brian Montopoli: What effect do you... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    Looking Behind a Poll Result

    March 5, 2004 03:07 PM

    When Ralph Nader announced his candidacy, the knee-jerk response of many irate commentators was to write him off; Democrats and a good portion of independents were united against Bush, they argued, and Nader wouldn't get anywhere near the 2.7... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Get That Reporter Back on the Bus!

    March 2, 2004 04:45 PM

    On Feb. 23, the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz quoted the Philadelphia Inquirer's Dick Polman saying that reporters "need to get away from the traditional indicators" -- which Kurtz lists as money, organization, polls, and endorsements -- "and talk to... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    A “Gotcha!” Question

    March 1, 2004 05:45 PM

    There are plenty of questions that can be answered "really quick": Paper or plastic, boxers or briefs, Red Sox or Yankees. But "Is God on America's side?" isn't so easy. Yet that was the final question posed by The New... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    111? 113? Or is it 13?

    March 1, 2004 01:27 PM

    We come to this a little late, but, as University of Wisconsin law professor Ann Althouse pointed out over the weekend, Sen. John Kerry was wrong when he claimed during last Thursday's debate that "we have 111 people... Continue reading

  14. Blog Report

    Larry King With Teeth?

    February 27, 2004 12:39 PM

    The blogosphere may have debate burnout -- most bloggers ignored last night's festivities, which looked to Campaign Desk more like a dinner party or perhaps a semi-celebrity poker tournament than a dog fight -- but there was some argument over... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    They’re Still Not

    February 26, 2004 06:05 PM

    One of the oldest rules of journalism is the hoary maxim given to green reporters by crusty city editors everywhere: "No matter who said it, check it out; if your mother says she loves you, check it out." And... Continue reading

  16. Blog Report

    Kabuki, Surfers and Audie Murphy

    February 26, 2004 11:34 AM

    Finally, the blogosphere finds a way to tie the Bush administration to stylized Japanese theatre. Josh Marshall, invoking "dingbat kabuki," rails against Republicans over Dennis Hastert's announcement that he will not bring up legislation to extend the Sept. 11... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    Newsweek Didn’t

    February 25, 2004 06:04 PM

    In the "Conventional Wisdom" section of its Feb. 23rd issue, Newsweek gives Gen. Wes Clark a down arrow, noting: "Drops out, spreads Kerry rumor, then endorses him with hope of being veep. Dis-missed." Campaign Desk got stuck on that... Continue reading

  18. Blog Report

    Knot In My Backyard

    February 25, 2004 11:21 AM

    As the culture wars become increasingly rancorous, the blogosphere is partying like it's 1992 -- although this time around it's same-sex marriage at issue, not Sister Souljah or "Murphy Brown." Andrew Sullivan leads the charge, declaring that the... Continue reading

  19. Blog Report

    Beating Around Bush

    February 24, 2004 11:24 AM

    Anti-Bush bloggers are positively giddy about reports that young Barbara isn't following in daddy's footsteps. Kos and many others link this story in the NY Daily News claiming that the first daughters "don't buy into the conservative... Continue reading

  20. Blog Report

    Ralph Wiggs’um Out

    February 23, 2004 10:32 AM

    The Democrats may have greeted Ralph Nader's candidacy with nearly universal disdain, but the bloggers have an entirely different reaction: apathy. Calpundit, who thankfully resists the inevitable Nader/Nadir puns, wants everyone to just ignore the candidate: "He's... Continue reading

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