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  1. Politics

    Fox Host Argues With Self, Wins

    November 29, 2006 01:10 PM

    If you're in the mood for a ridiculous bogeyman of an argument, look no farther than the "My Word" segment of The Big Story With John Gibson, where the Fox News host delivered a rigorously constructed rebuke of supposedly... Continue reading

  2. Behind the News

    Post Buzzes About Next Mayoral Campaign

    November 28, 2006 11:13 AM

    While we have repeatedly jabbed the political press for its endless speculation on the 2008 presidential race, we haven't yet taken a swipe at the anticipatory coverage of the 2009 New York mayoral contest. After all, that election is... Continue reading

  3. Behind the News

    Jim O’Neill On One Woman’s Dark Struggle

    November 17, 2006 05:09 PM

    Jim O'Neill's eight-part series on one woman's decades-long struggle with schizophrenia, "Rosie's Journey," was just published in the Dallas Morning News, with the final installment running last Sunday. Before the series' publication O'Neill, 43, moved to Bloomberg News in... Continue reading

  4. Behind the News

    Time Provides Lunch — and Stunning Copy

    November 15, 2006 02:45 PM

    "'Time Person of the Year' Likely to Be, Well, a Person." We know this thanks to Advertising Age, which went to a luncheon panel at the Time & Life building yesterday and dutifully wrung out an article about the... Continue reading

  5. Behind the News

    Henry Weinstein On What Great Journalism Can and Cannot Do

    November 13, 2006 12:45 PM

    Veteran Los Angeles Times reporter Henry Weinstein will receive the 2006 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism Tuesday night for a body of work that "is a monument to the importance of journalism in a free society, and... Continue reading

  6. Behind the News

    CNN’s Mama Would Be Proud

    November 7, 2006 01:33 PM

    Who has "The Best Political Team on Television"? For viewers of a certain cable news network, the answer should be obvious. In the run-up to Election Day, the above self-congratulatory phrase has been used ad nauseam by... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    The Pigeon-Holing of Keith Ellison (Congress’ First Muslim?)

    November 3, 2006 05:15 PM

    "Muslim Candidate Plays Defense," read the headline in the Washington Post. "Democrat Poised to Become First Muslim in Congress," said the New York Times. "Minnesotan Poised to Be Congress' First Muslim," declared the Los Angeles Times, and... Continue reading

  8. The Audit

    Bloomberg Markets Uncovers a Staggering Scandal

    October 24, 2006 02:45 PM

    The headline is "Broken Promises," the special report "Duping Main Street." Words clad in mulberry explain: "Wall Street created $7 billion in bonds for housing and schools. The tax-exempt deals were a ruse; banks and advisers collected millions in fees... Continue reading

  9. The Audit

    Tempered Praise for the Amazing, Self-Parking Car

    October 20, 2006 10:38 AM

    "For those that see driving and parking as a chore, there's relief in sight," MarketWatch reported last month. "Take the Advanced Parking Guidance System in the new LS 460 from Lexus. Drivers can pull alongside a parked car, press... Continue reading

  10. The Audit

    Dow Crosses Barrier, ABC Goes Berserk

    October 18, 2006 04:55 PM

    One of the "Top Headlines" on ABC News' Web site at 10:15 this morning was "Dow Jones Industrials Cross 12,000 for First Time." Naturally we clicked through, expecting yet more cheerleading about yet another record performance from the Dow.... Continue reading

  11. Behind the News

    Trachsel Gets Pounded, Again and Again

    October 17, 2006 01:20 PM

    In case you haven't heard, Mets starter Steve Trachsel pitched horribly in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series in St. Louis Saturday night. But readers of the New York Times' sports section, and of baseball columnist Murray Chass... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    Post Fact-Checks ‘Islamist Loonies’

    October 16, 2006 05:26 PM

    "Radical Muslims have conjured up one more reason to rage against America -- the Fifth Avenue Apple Store," the New York Post declared over the weekend. "A message posted Tuesday on the extremist Al-Hesbah Web site ripped Apple for erecting... Continue reading

  13. Behind the News

    Two Toronto Editors on an Afternoon Newspaper Experiment

    October 13, 2006 04:30 PM

    In early September the Toronto Star rolled out Star P.M., an afternoon edition in PDF format that is the first newspaper of its kind in North America. Michael Babad, 52, the Star's assistant managing editor, business, and Chris Carter,... Continue reading

  14. The Audit

    London Times Prints ‘Rumour,’ Market Goes Gaga

    October 11, 2006 03:41 PM

    "Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc.'s shares rose 2 percent Tuesday after London newspaper the Times printed a rumor that a Connecticut hedge fund is positioning itself to offer $44 billion to acquire the St. Louis brewer," the St. Louis Business Journal <a... Continue reading

  15. Behind the News

    For CNN, Joke’s on Colonial Overlords, FEMA

    October 6, 2006 04:45 PM

    CNN needed a little levity in its seven o'clock hour this morning. A toxic cloud in North Carolina and the nuclear threats posed by North Korea and Iran weren't very humor-friendly, but a "FEMA Field Trip" was certainly ripe for... Continue reading

  16. The Audit

    Two Reporters Paid to Xerox One Story

    October 3, 2006 04:30 PM

    We often report on reporters reporting on reports from reporters, and we occasionally flog mediocre articles about Wal-Mart. Now, thanks to a couple of dispatches that came off the wires yesterday, we get to do both. "Wal-Mart... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    In DeWine v. Brown, AP Goes Beyond Finger-Wagging

    October 2, 2006 05:00 PM

    Sparks flew yesterday on Meet the Press as Republican incumbent Mike DeWine and Democratic challenger Sherrod Brown, meeting for the first of four debates in their Ohio Senate race, squared off in "a contentious, interruption-filled sparring session punctuated with finger-wags... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Post Goes For Flash, Dispatch For Substance

    September 28, 2006 01:30 PM

    Following in her husband's footsteps, Laura Bush made an appearance in Ohio Tuesday to raise money for Joy Padgett, the Republican nominee in the state's 18th congressional district. The $100-a-plate fundraiser and $1,000-per-person private reception generated as much as... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    Praise Fit For a King in the Queen City

    September 27, 2006 10:25 AM

    President Bush paid a brief visit to Cincinnati Monday afternoon to promote his handling of the economy and raise a nice chunk of money for Ohio Republican Senator Mike DeWine, who is facing a stiff challenge from Democratic Congressman Sherrod... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    Tribune Is Teetering … Let’s Get on With It

    September 22, 2006 04:45 PM

    The news out of Tribune Tower at the end of this week is big, with the Tribune Co. announcement that a special committee of directors will explore "alternatives for creating additional value for shareholders" -- corporate-speak indicating that the... Continue reading

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