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  1. Politics

    Of Agendas, Fetishes and Crusades

    May 23, 2005 05:50 PM

    For more than a year, Bill O'Reilly has been railing against the New York Times for what he believes is its excessive coverage of the Abu Ghraib torture scandal. Back on May 27, 2004, he said, "some press people are... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Enough Bread, Bring on the Circus

    May 18, 2005 03:57 PM

    We rarely agree with Brent Bozell, who comes from that school of press critics that believes there is no greater threat to the republic's well-being than liberal media bias -- not the bias towards sensationalism and conflict, not the... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    The Story of the Story Isn’t the Story At All

    May 17, 2005 04:23 PM

    We know opening a post with a line like this might cause those whose anger at Newsweek has overtaken their common sense to click elsewhere in search of their daily dose of vitriolic rhetoric, but it needs to be said:... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    Distorted Story Spawns Distorted Theories

    May 16, 2005 04:31 PM

    Here we go again. Newsweek has apologized for a brief report in the May 9 issue of the magazine about interrogation abuses at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay that claimed, "interrogators, in an attempt to rattle... Continue reading

  5. Blog Report

    It Ain’t Miller Time No More

    May 12, 2005 01:31 PM

    I don't want to get off on a rant here, but, let's face it, "Dennis Miller" has been getting fewer viewers than William Howard Taft in flagrante delicto with Caligula and Millard Fillmore outside the Westboro Baptist Church's God-Hates-Fags-But-Loves-Rice-Krispies-Treats annual... Continue reading

  6. Behind the News

    We Knew That

    May 11, 2005 03:25 PM

    Unnecessary Story of the Day, submitted by reader Matthew Blaschko and distilled to its original headline form: "Satan no match for God, says pope" Sadly, the story is completely one-sided, as neither Satan nor his church were reached... Continue reading

  7. Blog Report

    May the Circle Be Unbroken

    May 11, 2005 02:42 PM

    What with Andrew Sullivan having announced his semi-retirement a little while back, we hadn't headed over to in a while. But we clicked over today, and, lo and behold, the posts were fresh and bountiful. What gives? Sully <a... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    There’s Nothing About Mary

    May 10, 2005 04:11 PM

    There was a lot to object to in Mary Matalin's appearance on "Meet The Press" last Sunday. For starters, as Media Matters has noted, she lied repeatedly, on multiple subjects: the political affiliations of John Bolton's critics; the reason... Continue reading

  9. Blog Report

    Political Operatives at Work: Huffington, Hillary - and Geena Davis?

    May 9, 2005 01:55 PM

    If you're looking for someone to take a shot at the much-discussed Huffington Post, which debuts today, you're going to have to look elsewhere. Sure, the site might run the risk of the odd celebrity rumination on how hard... Continue reading

  10. The Water Cooler

    Steve Smith on Exposing a Mayor

    May 6, 2005 12:57 PM

    Steve Smith Steve Smith is the editor of the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Washington. Yesterday, the newspaper published a package detailing the results of its three-year investigation... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Misled by What’s Missing, Not by What Isn’t

    May 4, 2005 05:06 PM

    When she was in elementary school, someone lied to little Rachel Brock. Want proof? Have a look at this piece in Mississippi's Clarion-Ledger. It's about President Bush's visit to Canton, Mississippi, to sell his Social Security plan. Toward the... Continue reading

  12. Behind the News

    Why Not Invite Woodstein As Well?

    May 4, 2005 11:12 AM

    Stephen G. Bloom has an amusing piece today in the online magazine Inside Higher Ed discussing his efforts to bring a big-name speaker to dedicate a new building at the University of Iowa journalism school. Bloom had to work... Continue reading

  13. Magazine Report

    Al Gore, Prisoners of War and Fighting Crime With Abortion

    May 3, 2005 02:13 PM

    Editors of The Nation, may we have a quick word? You see, we enjoy sleeping at night. But sometimes we come across an image so disturbing, so utterly wrong, that sleep becomes impossible; we toss and turn all night,... Continue reading

  14. Behind the News

    Runaway Network Exec Kidnaps News

    May 2, 2005 02:40 PM

    Last Friday, we learned that new CNN president Jonathan Klein "is being welcomed as a hero within CNN" because "ratings are beginning to rise thanks to Klein's steering toward news and away from attitude." Sounds great, right? After all,... Continue reading

  15. The Audit

    Which of These Things Is Not Like The Other?

    April 29, 2005 03:57 PM

    It's Friday, so let's play a game. It's called "Press Release or News Story?" The rules are simple: We print two pieces of writing, and you tell us which one is the press release and which the news story. The... Continue reading

  16. Behind the News

    The Real Bias Problem

    April 28, 2005 03:39 PM

    There are, according to the old cliche, two types of people in this world: those who think people fit neatly into categories, and those who don't. In his column today, Westword's Michael Roberts makes a strong argument that he's... Continue reading

  17. Behind the News

    CNN: All Thumbs

    April 27, 2005 05:18 PM

    We were watching CNN this afternoon, when who appeared but the only man referred to as "doctor" more often than Bill Frist: Sanjay Gupta. Gupta, CNN's medical correspondent, was bringing us important news: We have entered the Age of the... Continue reading

  18. Behind the News

    A New Feature: Was This Necessary?

    April 26, 2005 06:07 PM

    Every day, we come across stories that make us wonder: "Why are we reading this?" You know what we're talking about -- you probably run across one or more of them every day, too (though not here, hopefully). In honor... Continue reading

  19. Behind the News

    The Pope’s German! Hit the Streets, Figby!

    April 21, 2005 03:23 PM

    The MIPSYs -- our contest for the Most Inane Pope-related Story our media can provide -- concluded a couple weeks ago. But late nominations have continued to come in, including one that's too good to pass up. Remember how,... Continue reading

  20. The Water Cooler

    John Cloud Responds to His Critics

    April 20, 2005 03:45 PM

    John Cloud John Cloud is a staff writer for Time magazine, where he has worked since 1997. Before coming to Time, he was a senior writer at... Continue reading

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