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  1. Blog Report

    �Best Speech Ever� or �Root Canal�?

    June 29, 2005 12:49 PM

    "Best Speech Ever." "Excellent Speech." "Clear, confident, substantive." "[N]othing new...inaccurate." "Ho hum." "[A]bout as enjoyable as a root canal." We'll let you guess which of those set of quotes comes from liberal bloggers,... Continue reading

  2. Behind the News

    Sharks Circling Network News Directors

    June 28, 2005 02:48 PM

    Are we on the precipice of our second "Summer of the Shark" of the 21st century? In 2001, Time announced the first such summer on its cover. Cable outlets devoted countless hours to the epidemic. People stayed in front... Continue reading

  3. Blog Report

    Another Pew Survey and a New Brain Drain

    June 27, 2005 12:49 PM

    Think you might be a liberaltarian? The Locust Fork has a list of ten beliefs that might mean you are. We direct your attention to number eight: "you believe there should be more bars than churches in the world."... Continue reading

  4. Behind the News

    CNN Blows Non-Story

    June 24, 2005 04:22 PM

    As we all know, CNN likes to give non-stories prominent placement on its Web site -- at the moment, for example, the fact that Tom Cruise and Matt Lauer argued on "The Today Show" this morning has one of the... Continue reading

  5. Behind the News

    Giant Popsicle As Rorschach Blot

    June 22, 2005 03:16 PM

    Want to understand the fundamental difference between the New York Times and the New York Post? Ignore the political differences, ignore the quality of the coverage, ignore the headlines, ignore the level of discourse. You can even ignore "columnist... Continue reading

  6. Magazine Report

    Training Young Christians, Disillusioned Older Christians - and CNN

    June 21, 2005 02:08 PM

    Hanna Rosin's New Yorker piece on Patrick Henry College, which "trains young Christians to be politicians," is a piece of cultural anthropology -- a look at the rituals and mating habits of a group of people whom the author... Continue reading

  7. Behind the News

    Open Door, Watch House Fill with Flies

    June 20, 2005 03:39 PM

    Admittedly, we're a little late in commenting on the Los Angeles Times' Wikitorial experiment. Our excuse is that we never quite understood the thing in the first place. Best we could tell, the Times would write an editorial and post... Continue reading

  8. Behind the News

    It’s Friday Afternoon

    June 17, 2005 03:06 PM

    In the most stunning example of the disintegration of the barrier between news and entertainment since Sean Penn went to Iran, Fox News this afternoon offered viewers a report from Afghanistan by what appeared to be the stars of... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    Riding a Wave of Contempt

    June 15, 2005 05:04 PM

    The Michael Jackson acquittal provides a golden opportunity to consider the phenomenon that is Nancy Grace. Grace, who has enjoyed relatively high ratings and sudden stardom as host of her eponymous prime-time show on CNN Headline News, held up on... Continue reading

  10. Behind the News

    No-Win “Situation”

    June 14, 2005 03:05 PM

    "The Situation With Tucker Carlson," the first show developed at MSNBC under new president Rick Kaplan, debuted last night. And while "The Situation" had many of the same problems as other cable news shows, it did have one significant, and... Continue reading

  11. Behind the News

    Mommas, Don’t Let Your Cowboys Grow Up To Be Journalists

    June 10, 2005 04:02 PM

    The latest embarrassment to the political press began harmlessly enough when Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Democratic Party Chair Howard Dean met privately yesterday morning, as they do every month. Afterwards, the pair emerged for a photo op.... Continue reading

  12. Blog Report

    Rewriting Science and Rewriting History

    June 9, 2005 02:27 PM

    Blogger Chris Mooney credits journalists for sticking it to Scott McClellan in the wake of the publication of "internal White House documents that show that a White House official that was formerly a lobbyist for the oil industry has doctored... Continue reading

  13. Behind the News

    Hard Day on the Rim

    June 8, 2005 05:12 PM

    Imagine you're a frustrated copy editor. A lot of your peers really enjoy their work at the copy desk, but you find it unfulfilling -- you only took the job in the first place, after all, because you thought it... Continue reading

  14. Blog Report

    We’d Like to Teach the World to Sing

    June 8, 2005 12:47 PM

    It's been a bad morning for John Cole. "Sometimes I wake up and read the papers and just want to scream," he writes. Why? Because a "White House official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on... Continue reading

  15. Magazine Report

    Atlantic Runs Worst-Case Scenario, Patents Run Amok, Hersh Runs With Kissinger

    June 7, 2005 02:14 PM

    Why is it that the Atlantic these days often seems like the highbrow equivalent of local TV news? On your typical 10:00 news, if it bleeds, it leads, and Your Carpet Is Trying To Kill You!; in the Atlantic, if... Continue reading

  16. Blog Report

    Chewing On and Spitting Out Amnesty International, Howard Dean, Ken Mehlman

    June 6, 2005 12:49 PM

    Happy Monday to all you good folks out there on the Internets. Our favorite voice of moderation in the blogosphere -- the, uh, Moderate Voice -- starts us off with a discussion of the head of Amnesty International USA's... Continue reading

  17. Behind the News

    Suffer the Little Children …

    June 3, 2005 04:15 PM

    If you're the sort of media junkie we are, you're probably checking in with Jim Romenesko's column more often than you'd like to admit. Which means you've likely seen the Baltimore Sun story on how, as Romenesko put... Continue reading

  18. Behind the News

    Mythic Figures Dissolve, Mortal Men Emerge

    June 1, 2005 12:52 PM

    For once, we agree with Washington Post chief ruminator Hank Stuever: On one level, it's kind of depressing to know who Deep Throat is. Not because we didn't want to know, but because what we've found out takes... Continue reading

  19. Behind the News

    Should One Word Deep-Six a Career?

    May 27, 2005 12:07 PM

    We woke up this morning to discover a minor journalistic coincidence: Two separate columns in New York newspapers lamenting the firing of Arthur Chi'en, a reporter for the local CBS affiliate. A week ago, Chi'en was let go for uttering... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    We Read Playboy for the Articles

    May 25, 2005 04:08 PM

    Today's subject is Paris Hilton. Or rather, the flurry of stories that have greeted the recent emergence of the, um, notoriously-camera shy Ms. Hilton. The reality television/b-movie/amateur pornography star is hawking Carl's Jr. hamburgers in a new commercial these... Continue reading

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