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  1. Politics

    How Soon They Forget

    March 29, 2004 03:39 PM

    In his report on Vice President Cheney's speech today, Tom Raum of the Associated Press lets misinformation from both the Bush-Cheney campaign and the Kerry campaign slip into the public record unchallenged. In the process he manages to get... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    One Serving of Broccoli, Hold the Beef

    March 18, 2004 05:44 PM

    Campaign Desk isn't quite sure what to make of this story by Scott Lindlaw of the Associated Press, whose unerring eye for the trivial we have commented on before. In it, we discover that, despite his family's... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    Amnesia Strikes Bigfoot

    March 15, 2004 02:37 PM

    In Sunday's Washington Post, Dan Balz re-writes history (and his own reporting) in order to paint the Bush administration's ads attacking John Kerry as representing some sort of drastic switch from previous campaigns. Balz leads with this assertion: "The... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    And They’re Off!

    March 2, 2004 03:54 PM

    Once again, it's election day, and that can mean only one thing: Mischievious bloggers posting early exit poll numbers on the Internet (this time before Californians have even headed out for lunch), and we here at Campaign Desk timing the... Continue reading

  5. The Water Cooler

    Tucker Carlson on Vanity Candidates and Style MOABs

    February 27, 2004 05:32 PM

    Today, Tucker Carlson, co-host of CNN's "Crossfire," discusses media coverage of the Democratic candidates, questions the press should be asking, and Al Sharpton's hair, part of Campaign Desk's ongoing series of interviews with reporters and commentators about how the... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    Journalese, a Base Language, Blooms Anew

    February 25, 2004 03:20 PM

    By Bryan Keefer Perhaps it's because baseball's spring training is starting up (or perhaps the press corps is dazed by Wonkette's continual flogging of the "All Your Base Are Belong to Us" joke), but political reporters... Continue reading

  7. The Water Cooler

    Dana Milbank on Covering the White House and Nicknames We Can’t Publish

    February 20, 2004 03:17 PM

    As part of our continuing series of interviews with political journalists and commentators, this week Campaign Desk interviews Washington Post White House reporter Dana Milbank. Bryan Keefer: Ken Auletta wrote a much talked-about piece a few weeks... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    Exit Poll Whack-A-Mole

    February 17, 2004 03:53 PM

    At the risk of appearing to be the self-styled moral cowboy of the blogosphere, we'd be remiss if we didn't take up the mallet and play one more round of whack-a-mole as bloggers continue to post early exit... Continue reading

  9. Politics

    That�s a Stretch, Scott

    February 16, 2004 11:32 AM

    As Instapundit points out this morning, Scott Lindlaw of the Associated Press tries really, really hard to link Bush's appearance at the Daytona 500 Sunday back to the story about his National Guard service. Writes Lindlaw: With... Continue reading

  10. The Water Cooler

    Auletta on Careerism, Vanity, Touts and Aping Fox News

    February 13, 2004 03:51 PM

    Editor's note: This is the first installment in a new regular feature. Throughout the election season, Campaign Desk will conduct brief interviews with journalists and commentators to get their views on the political media and the coverage of the campaign.... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Has Basic Reporting Gone AWOL?

    February 11, 2004 05:12 PM

    Just as it can't seem to provide a coherent account of how early President Bush was discharged from his National Guard service, neither does the media seem able to figure out the story of Bush's transfer from his Texas... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    The Leak Goes On

    February 10, 2004 03:56 PM

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record (and a very irritating one at that), here we go again: Kathryn Jean Lopez has posted preliminary exit poll numbers for Virginia and Tennessee on the National Review's blog. Media... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Shoving the Horses Into the Gate

    February 5, 2004 02:45 PM

    ABC's "The Note," a daily summary of what's going on in the political media, has one of the more intriguing tidbits of the day on the way the campaigns are being covered: For those readers who don't work... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    Follow the Bouncing Dollars

    January 31, 2004 06:45 PM

    In today's New York Times Glen Justice and John Tierney take a detailed look at who is funding each of the contenders for the Democratic nomination. The two reporters reveal some interesting tidbits about the candidates, and provide context... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Sawyer Gets It Right (Finally)

    January 30, 2004 02:23 PM

    Yesterday, on ABC's "Good Morning America," Diane Sawyer went above and beyond to set the record straight about the nature of Gov. Howard Dean's now-notorious post-Iowa caucus address. Opening her segment, "It's a kind of mea culpa, and I'm as... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Damned if He Does, Damned if He Doesn’t?

    January 28, 2004 12:34 PM

    If it seems that CampaignDesk is beating up on reporters lately for poking and prodding at Howard Dean as if he were some sort of unwelcome space alien, it's not because we hold any special place in our hearts for... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    Worst Poetry Reference of the Week

    January 28, 2004 11:19 AM

    From Todd Purdum's page one news analysis article in this morning's New York Times: "I'm all that's left standing of the Old Man in the Mountains!" Mr.Kerry declared Monday in Portsmouth, comparing his craggy Yankee profile to the famous... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Which Dan Balz Do You Read?

    January 27, 2004 11:57 AM

    Last week, with the conventional wisdom holding that Gov. Howard Dean's candidacy was in dire straits coming off his third-place finish in Iowa, The Washington Post's Dan Balz wrote in a news analysis article that "It is questionable whether... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    In A Hall of Mirrors, the Pundits Ponder Their Own Creation

    January 24, 2004 12:35 PM

    By Bryan Keefer Gov. Howard Dean's passionate post-caucus speech to his supporters last Monday may become a turning point in his political career -- not only because of the speech itself, but also because of the way in which... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    Is CNN Giving Edwards a Free Pass?

    January 22, 2004 04:30 PM

    The same media that sets the bar high for some candidates sets the bar low for others. While Gov. Howard Dean and Sen. Joe Lieberman are facing high press expectations, Sen. John Edwards is getting off relatively easy. On... Continue reading

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