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  1. Behind the News

    Pass the Brownies

    September 28, 2004 12:35 PM

    In an interview with Jon Stewart earlier this month, Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly expressed dismay at the size of Stewart's following and repeatedly characterized the audience of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" as "stoned slackers." Comedy Central for... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Grumpy Old Men and Gentle Light Jazz

    September 27, 2004 12:46 PM

    David Broder incurs the wrath of the blogosphere with his Sunday Washington Post piece lamenting "a widespread loss of confidence in both the values of journalism and the economic viability of the news business." Naturally, bloggers zero in on... Continue reading

  3. Behind the News

    A Day in The Bubble

    September 21, 2004 05:29 PM

    By Brian Montopoli Editor's note: Campaign Desk's Brian Montopoli joined the reporters accompanying Senator John Kerry as they passed through New York City on Monday. Here is his report. At 8:15 yesterday morning, a group of groggy, coffee-swilling reporters... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

    September 17, 2004 04:33 PM

    On the way to work this morning, we picked up one of New York's free papers, Metro, and discovered the headline, "Poll Says Bush, Kerry Tied." Once at the office, we clicked over to USA Today, only to see... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    “Yesterday … Now I Need a Place to Hide Away”

    September 16, 2004 05:54 PM

    We're not the only ones who have bemoaned the fact that the press has spent too much of its time the last few months covering the past and not the present -- but thus far no one has... Continue reading

  6. Magazine Report

    Target: Kerry’s Shrum, CBS’ Rather

    September 14, 2004 02:08 PM

    There's some good stuff in the newsmagazines this week, including Time's interview with John Kerry. (Most of the best quotes have gotten plenty of play elsewhere, but we'd be remiss if we didn't call attention to Kerry's pandering to... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    Trapped in the Cage of Format

    September 13, 2004 05:04 PM

    Yesterday morning, Hurricane Ralph, presently located in Miami, made an appearance on CNN. Viewers gawked as Ralph went on the attack, spinning at warp speed and proving nearly impossible to control. Unlike most forces of nature, the Ralph to whom... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    Cheney Crosses Invisible Line, Press Pounces

    September 9, 2004 04:42 PM

    On Tuesday, Dick Cheney told an audience that if Americans make the "wrong choice" on election day, "the danger is that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint... Continue reading

  9. Politics

    A Shot Across the Bow or a Sign of the Times?

    September 8, 2004 05:43 PM

    In his speech at the Republican National Convention last week, President Bush garnered laughter and applause by taking a shot at the New York Times -- and the New York Times, circa 1946, to boot. (One imagines a hapless... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    Chris Matthews Whiffs at a Fat, Slow One

    September 3, 2004 01:30 PM

    Around 5:30 p.m. yesterday, MSNBC's Chris Matthews conducted a brief interview with former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson. Simpson (apparently taking his cue from Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert) employed the "I-wasn't-there-and-I'm-not-sure-and-theres-no-proof-or-anything-like-that-but-something-sure-smells-fishy-about-all-this" school of rhetoric to slime his party's... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Wednesday Night Report Card

    September 2, 2004 05:44 PM

    Through the magic combination of TiVo, TVEyes, and real-time viewing, we were able to have a look at how each of the networks and cable channels responded to last night's major convention speeches. Below you'll find our scorecard, with rankings... Continue reading

  12. Behind the News

    Of Cops and Reporters and Their Antagonists

    September 1, 2004 02:53 PM

    Yesterday afternoon, in Union Square, I watched a group of cops stand passively as a middle-aged woman in slept-in clothes and scraggly hair screamed some of the nastiest invective this side of Yankee Stadium in their direction. If the woman... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Sure Strikes Us as News

    August 31, 2004 02:06 PM

    Yesterday, just 65 days before the election, U.S. Rep. Edward L. Schrock, a Virginia Republican, abruptly announced he wouldn't seek a third term in Congress, "citing unspecified allegations that have 'called into question' his ability to serve." Though Schrock... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    Uncharacteristically, AP Cuts to the Chase

    August 26, 2004 02:31 PM

    When Vice President Cheney uttered an obscenity on the Senate floor in June, many readers were shocked to see that The Washington Post chose to print the word itself. But an even more shocking four-letter word appeared in a... Continue reading

  15. Politics


    August 25, 2004 02:14 PM

    News consumers haven't heard much over the past couple of weeks about the economy, terrorism, health care, or Iraq. Instead, the talk has been focused on Vietnam, thanks to the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth, who have released in quick... Continue reading

  16. The Water Cooler

    Matt Labash on Dan Rather’s Jammies, Chipotle vs. Burrito Brothers, and Liberal Love for Distilled Spirits

    August 20, 2004 05:57 PM

    Matt Labash Matt Labash is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard, where he has worked since 1995. He has also worked for Albuquerque Monthly, Washingtonian magazine,... Continue reading

  17. Blog Report

    Olympic Miracles, Lying Liars and Randy Publishers

    August 19, 2004 01:07 PM

    The Corner's Kathryn Jean Lopez -- K-Lo to her friends -- is troubled by many things this morning, including John Kerry's fondness for French skiers and how gymnast Paul Hamm, despite splattering his landing on the vault, managed to win... Continue reading

  18. Blog Report

    Lust in Kerry’s Heart, Piped Letters, Wine & Cheese Tastings, and Cigar Bars

    August 18, 2004 12:25 PM

    Conservative bloggers are having fun with John Kerry's assertion, in the new issue of GQ, that he likes a woman who "wears her womanhood" and is "obviously sexy and saucy and challenging." Ben Shapiro, a self-avowed "reasoned political thinker"... Continue reading

  19. Magazine Report

    Bush, Barnes, Brains and Beauty

    August 17, 2004 01:00 PM

    Not much noteworthy political reporting in the major newsmagazines this week, though both Time and Newsweek have good coverage of the story surrounding Jim McGreevey's resignation. (The cover stories: Cats, Fat, and Oceans (still).) There's... Continue reading

  20. Blog Report

    Which Poll Are You Reading?

    August 16, 2004 01:00 PM

    Floridians have more important things to worry about at the moment, but it's worth noting, via Reason's "Hit & Run" blog, that we've seen "Massive tropical-storm damage to the lives and homes of politically-charged constituents during a presidential election... Continue reading

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