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  1. Politics

    Umm, No, That’s Not What He Said

    November 1, 2004 04:11 PM

    Yesterday on "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace said the following to Kerry advisor Bob Shrum: Bob, I want you to answer one of my questions, though. Let's go back to this question of bin Laden and fighting the... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Why Kerry Won: Our Equally Florid Correspondent Explains Everything

    October 31, 2004 05:46 PM

    Editor's Note: Campaign Desk turned loose two of its finest to write the definitive explanations of the election results -- no matter who wins. Here is Part Two. We have spared no cliche. Expect to see either explanation in a... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    It Takes Just One Click of the Mouse

    October 28, 2004 06:23 PM

    In the Washington Post today, media critic Howard Kurtz weighs in on the charges of media bias arising from the Iraqi ammo story. (In case you're not up to speed: Bill O'Reilly, Tony Snow, Bill Kristol, and a number... Continue reading

  4. Magazine Report

    Wolves, Orcs, and Drew Barrymore

    October 26, 2004 11:07 AM

    Which presidential candidate, wonders US News & World Report, has been able to most effectively exploit our fear? As Roger Simon reminds us, scare tactics are nothing new: In previous campaigns, we've had messages like, "[v]ote for Barry Goldwater... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    When Reporters Interview Reporters

    October 25, 2004 03:18 PM

    On "Fox News Live" this morning, anchor Brigitte Quinn interviewed Paul Bedard, editor of U.S. News and World Report's Washington Whispers column. The first topic discussed? The Bush team's confidence that the president will win reelection. Here's a snippet: ... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    Frustrated Oppo Guns Turn on Reporters, Not Candidates

    October 23, 2004 11:07 AM

    In the new issue of The New Republic, Ryan Lizza reports on a "remarkable" development: the Republican National Committee's decision to go negative on the press. Frustrated with the surge in fact-checking of their candidate and of party rhetoric,... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    Betting the (White) House

    October 21, 2004 02:02 PM

    Tuesday on MSNBC, Lester Holt interviewed reporter Roland Jones about, a website on which people have been betting real money on the presidential election. The goings on at the Dublin-based company, as well as similar operations like... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    Stop That Knee From Jerking

    October 19, 2004 04:21 PM

    The lead story in today's New York Times is a report on the latest Times/CBS News poll, which shows a tie between the presidential candidates. It's a solid piece that acknowledges other polls as well as the Times' own,... Continue reading

  9. Politics

    When Headlines Turn Bad

    October 18, 2004 03:26 PM

    USA Today splashed the following five-column banner headline across its front page today, in type so big you'd have thought we'd landed on Mars, or at least gotten another look at Janet Jackson's breast: Poll: Bush leads by 8 points... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    Building a House of Sticks

    October 15, 2004 05:02 PM

    Yesterday morning, President Bush visited campaign reporters in the back of Air Force One. It was a marked departure for the reporters ensconced in the press section of the plane. Though Bush regularly stopped back to chat with reporters during... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Falling Over Backward Seeking Balance

    October 14, 2004 02:58 PM

    Yesterday afternoon, Howard Kurtz appeared on CNN's "Judy Woodruff's Inside Politics" to fact check the presidential candidates' attacks on each other's health care plans. Kurtz kicked things off with a clip of President Bush saying that "the federal government... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    CNN - Where the Spin Is the News

    October 12, 2004 12:47 PM

    This morning on CNN, Sinclair Broadcasting's Mark Hyman went on the air to defend his company's decision to force its 62 stations to pre-empt their regular programming in favor of a movie attacking John Kerry's military service record in Vietnam.... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Spin Room Causing Nausea?

    October 9, 2004 04:53 PM

    Perhaps the most fascinating spectacle emerging from last night's debate didn't come from the candidates, the undecideds, or even the spinners. It came from the on air personalities, who, over and over, subtly signaled their disdain for a process that... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    Kansas Disappears; Pollsters, Pundits, Press, Pols, Ponder Impact

    October 8, 2004 05:56 PM

    An asteroid crashed to earth where Kansas used to be today, killing thousands, leaving a smoking hole stretching 80,000 square miles, and further complicating an already tight presidential race. "This could have a huge impact, but it's hard to... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Instant CW Pudding: Add Water, Stir One Minute, Then Eat

    October 6, 2004 05:43 PM

    As we mentioned yesterday, we were a bit taken aback at how quickly conventional wisdom congealed around the storyline that John Kerry had thrashed President Bush in the first presidential debate. Pre-debate, after all, pundits and bundits (bundit: n.: a... Continue reading

  16. Magazine Report

    Out of Touch - Democrats, Republicans, or The Economist?

    October 5, 2004 03:44 PM

    In the battle for newsstand sales, the major newsweeklies have pitted Thomas Edison against the presidential debate against a scary looking humanoid mannequin in blue sunglasses. (Partisans: insert requisite "but I thought [the opposition candidate] didn't wear... Continue reading

  17. Blog Report

    Bloggers Unmask ‘Undecided’ Moles

    October 1, 2004 04:31 PM

    We don't usually run a blog report on Friday, since we post the Water Cooler in its place. (And we'd encourage you to check out this week's interview, with uber-journo Michael Kinsley.) But there were a few gems that... Continue reading

  18. The Water Cooler

    Michael Kinsley on Slate vs. the L.A. Times, Calling a Lie a Lie, and Opinion Journalism as Indulgence

    October 1, 2004 12:02 PM

    Michael Kinsley has been the editorial and opinion editor of the Los Angeles Times since June. He founded Slate in 1995, and served as its editor for six years. He has also served as editor of the New Republic and... Continue reading

  19. Blog Report

    Nasty, Nasty, Nasty

    September 30, 2004 11:20 AM

    The Washington Post has announced the nominations for its "Best Blogs -- Politics and Elections Readers' Choice Awards," and reaction in the blogosphere is predictably mixed. "I call bullshit," writes Roxanne of Rox Populi. "The fact that The... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    The Jackson Five

    September 29, 2004 05:01 PM

    AP's Misleading Headline (clickfor larger image) Earlier today, the Kerry-Edwards campaign announced that Jesse Jackson had signed on as a senior advisor. A... Continue reading

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