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  1. Politics

    The Post Takes a Baby Step in the Right Direction

    November 7, 2004 12:26 PM

    On Friday, the Washington Post ran an article analyzing the fiscal impact of the proposals that President Bush identified during his press conference as priorities for his second term. What piqued Campaign Desk's interest is that the piece... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Swingin’ Grandmas

    November 3, 2004 06:27 PM

    If there was one theme during Campaign '04, it was the race by the political press to figure out who the next "swing voters" would be. We heard about NASCAR Dads, Security Moms, "Sex in the City"... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    Jumping the Gun - Again

    November 3, 2004 03:34 AM

    At 1:40 a.m., Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, a Republican, told CNN, "I would suggest to you that if the number of votes that make up the difference between the two candidates is fewer than the number of provisional... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    Halloween on November 2

    November 2, 2004 03:56 PM

    A number of Internet sites and even one mainstream media outlet have argued for posting (and in some cases, already posted) early exit poll results today. Here's why they shouldn't. The early release of numbers bouncing around cyberspace like... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    All the W’s Except for the Big One

    September 15, 2004 04:38 PM

    Since many of us here at Campaign Desk fall into the category of "young" as defined by the press, we eagerly dove into Timothy Egan's front-page New York Times story today headlined "Vote Drives Gain Avid Attention of Youth... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    “Oh, Good, Here’s the Post: Hand Me Page 25, Hon”

    September 2, 2004 02:39 PM

    If there's a theme to this campaign season, it has to be vicious, misleading spin, and the press corps' collective refusal to promptly call politicians to account for it -- not even when the spin that is spun has already... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    Getting the Numbers Right - For Once

    August 4, 2004 10:09 AM

    Be still, my heart. The Associated Press yesterday did something that news organizations (including itself) do all too seldom: The wire service evaluated the truth of a statement by a politician in the same news cycle in which the... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    Anger Management

    July 26, 2004 11:56 AM

    In a page one, above-the-fold story today, Adam Nagourney and David Rosenbaum of The New York Times tantalize us with the assertion that Boston Democrats are "brimming with anger at President Bush but backing John Kerry's call to tone... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    Sign of the Times: Making the Los Angeles Times’ Front Page

    July 19, 2004 06:06 PM

    The Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2004 (click for larger image) In an election year, it is the front pages of the nation's major... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    Night of the Living Veeps

    July 2, 2004 01:28 PM

    What is it about John Kerry's unexceptional search for a running mate that attracts members of the press corps like moths to a bug zapper? Is it love of the horse race? Obsession with process? The campaign press echo chamber... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Kurtz Chooses the Circus

    June 23, 2004 12:24 PM

    Wonder why it's so hard for candidates to get substantive messages into the press (and perhaps why politics is being reduced to soundbites and competing spin points)? Today, the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz offered himself up as Exhibit A of... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    Mea Culpa - Let the Games Begin

    June 21, 2004 04:43 PM

    In the wake of critical examinations of The New York Times' coverage of the Bush administration's case for war by the paper's editorial board and public editor Dan Okrent, the mea culpas have begun. Over the... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    It’s Time for a Little Pack Journalism

    June 8, 2004 03:57 PM

    Today, the Los Angeles Times gives us an inexplicable piece by Nick Anderson about the relative tone of the two campaigns' advertisements. In the middle of the piece, the paper tell us, "Among the Bush attacks on Kerry were... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    Lede-ing Coloradans Astray

    June 2, 2004 02:39 PM

    Today's Rocky Mountain News story about President Bush's campaign fundraiser in Denver last night begins with an explosive lede -- and then completely fails to back it up. The article, by David Montero, begins: "President Bush warned at a... Continue reading

  15. Magazine Report

    Rumsfeld, Abu Ghraib, and the Stanford Prison Experiment

    May 11, 2004 12:17 PM

    The story-behind-the-story this week is only tangentially campaign-related. That story is the willingness of the suddenly-emboldened major news magazines to take sweeping shots at the administration for its handling of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. One can almost hear... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Skimming the Surface

    May 10, 2004 02:35 PM

    Remember all that stuff you've been reading lately about how this election offers voters a clear choice between the two major candidates? Well, forget it. That theory, apparently, is no longer operational. In a piece that Ralph Nader supporters... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    Quelle Horreur!

    April 21, 2004 06:25 PM

    Campaign Desk has been curious for a while now about what happened to the story of President Bush's Vietnam-era service in the Texas Air National Guard. After the White House's February 13 Friday night data dump of all assembled records,... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Walking It Back - and Then Running Away

    April 15, 2004 02:58 PM

    Last week, Slate media critic (and occasional Campaign Desk sparring partner) Jack Shafer penned an excellent piece describing how "60 Minutes" gritted its teeth and worked up the nerve to do what The New York Times and Vanity... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    No Nuance on Nader

    April 1, 2004 01:06 PM

    Is Ralph Nader really a stalking horse for the Republicans? Will his presence in the 2004 equation help or hurt John Kerry? It's anybody's guess at this point -- the polls are divided -- but it's certainly a question worth... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    The AP Rolls Over and Dies

    March 30, 2004 04:48 PM

    The gang at the Associated Press evidently hasn't been reading its own clips. As we pointed out yesterday, the AP's Tom Raum and Nedra Pickler let the Kerry camp spin them by declaring that Bush... Continue reading

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