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  1. Magazine Report

    Barack Obama, Dr. Phil and Kim Jong II

    December 21, 2004 02:28 PM

    As we wrote yesterday, Time named George Bush its "Person of the Year." But, as we also wrote, who cares? Not us. So let's move on. Newsweek fronts Barack Obama, about whom plenty of ink has already been... Continue reading

  2. Behind the News

    The Annoying Phenomenon of the Year Award Goes to … Synergy!

    December 20, 2004 03:22 PM

    Over the weekend, Time magazine named George W. Bush the "Person of the Year." (Last year, you may recall, the "person" was "The American Soldier.") The pop cultural significance of the "Person of the Year" (previously known as... Continue reading

  3. Behind the News

    Adding Nuts to the Fruitcake

    December 17, 2004 04:25 PM

    By Brian Montopoli Three days after Election Day, an op-ed article was published, written by Frank Pastore, a former professional baseball player who is now the afternoon host on a Christian talk radio station. You probably missed it --... Continue reading

  4. The Water Cooler

    Erik Wemple on Indictments of Journalism, Pot-Smoking Kids and Correcting the Washington Times

    December 10, 2004 03:54 PM

    Erik Wemple Erik Wemple is the editor of Washington City Paper, as well as the paper's media critic. Previously, he was the Washington correspondent for and... Continue reading

  5. Blog Report

    Bloggers Attack The Regulation Bogeyman

    December 9, 2004 03:14 PM

    We'd like to join the litany of bloggers wondering what, exactly, senior political writer David Paul Kuhn was thinking when he put together a piece lamenting the fact that there are no government regulations keeping bloggers honest -- a... Continue reading

  6. Blog Report

    The Supreme Court, Intelligence Reform and Hooters

    December 8, 2004 10:53 AM

    New Democratic minority leader Harry Reid said on Sunday that he opposes making Clarence Thomas Chief Justice, since "he has been an embarrassment to the Supreme Court." Antonin Scalia, however, he could get behind, as long as some ethics... Continue reading

  7. Behind the News

    What’s a Network to Do?

    December 7, 2004 04:24 PM

    By Brian Montopoli Now that Tom Brokaw is gone and Dan Rather is on the way out, "everything seems to be on the table" when it comes to revamping network news, according to the Los Angeles Times. What constitutes... Continue reading

  8. Blog Report

    Hustling For Votes, Bloggers Turn Tough

    December 6, 2004 03:09 PM

    "Do you know who Yushchenko's wife is?" asks an email from John Podhoretz posted on The Corner. "Turns out he's married to Kathy Chumachenko, who worked in public liaison when we were at the White House!" Podhoretz is clearly excited,... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    We “May” Not Be Perfect

    December 3, 2004 03:21 PM

    An eagle-eyed reader writes to alert us to some choice language from the editors of the Washington Post. On Wednesday, the Post printed a supposed correction to a local story from last Saturday. Here's a portion of the correction: A... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    Good News: They’re Lying to Us

    December 1, 2004 04:13 PM

    If you haven't already read Mark Mazzetti's Los Angeles Times report on the military's recent blurring of the lines between public relations and "psy-ops," be sure to check it out. Though the Pentagon closed its Office of Strategic Influence... Continue reading

  11. Magazine Report

    Killer Politics

    November 30, 2004 02:34 PM

    The major newsweeklies, like most of the newsrooms in America, had no doubt geared up to cover a disputed election -- they just didn't realize that their reporting on ballot box corruption would be focused halfway around the world. There... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    High Stakes

    November 23, 2004 06:17 PM

    On Nov. 4, the Lincoln Journal Star ran a story about Nebraska Democrats calling for a ballot recount in Lancaster County. Voting machines there had broken down on election night, prompting the county election commissioner to stop counting until technicians... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Missing the Target

    November 18, 2004 04:15 PM

    Travis County, Texas, District Attorney Ronnie Earle has been in office since 1976. In that time, according to the New York Times, he has prosecuted 12 Democratic officials and four Republican officials. The National District Attorneys Association ranks... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    Or Is It Hidden?

    November 17, 2004 04:25 PM

    Sometimes, as a news consumer, you need to look hard to pick up the almost-subliminal subtext of a reporter's story. And sometimes they just hit you on the head with it. This, it appears, is one of those times. ... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    PEST, the Affliction That Flew Around the World

    November 16, 2004 06:06 PM

    Last week, a Florida psychologist and certified sex therapist named Douglas Schooler sent out a press release announcing that he was offering trauma therapy to Kerry voters depressed about the results of the election. The Boca Raton News took the... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    The Horse Race Mentality

    November 12, 2004 03:43 PM

    Part three of a series evaluating the media's performance during the 2004 campaign. A month ago, we ran a satirical piece about the political implications of a giant meteor crashing into Kansas. Some of our readers... Continue reading

  17. Behind the News

    Nuance, Resolve, Freedom, and Values

    November 9, 2004 04:15 PM

    Pollster Frank Luntz, linguist George Lakoff and others have long understood how framing issues with the clever use of language can influence political discourse. Successfully framing an issue means controlling the parameters of debate. Who, after all, could be against... Continue reading

  18. The Water Cooler

    Lou Chibbaro Jr. on Gay Marriage Initiatives, What the Mainstream Press Misses, and Gay Journalism in Red States

    November 5, 2004 05:20 PM

    Lou Chibbaro Jr. Lou Chibbaro Jr. is the senior news reporter at the Washington Blade, one of the nation's leading gay and lesbian newspapers. He's written for... Continue reading

  19. Blog Report

    Dolchstosslegende, Hate Mail and Jesusland

    November 4, 2004 02:30 PM

    One would think that someone posting on a website called "" wouldn't write with all the pretension of some effete Ivy League elitist, of the sort that the Virgin Ben and his brethren so lustily disdain. But one... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    In This Case, No News Is Bad News

    November 2, 2004 04:34 PM

    As predicted, at this hour both Democrats and Republicans are making allegations of voting irregularities and dirty tricks. Here are a few of the reports we've seen so far: The New Hampshire Democratic Party says unauthorized phone calls are... Continue reading

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