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  1. Politics

    Brian Ross Blotter Entry Brings Out the Vitriol

    June 14, 2006 02:51 PM

    Midday Monday, ABC News' Brian Ross posted a short, insiderish item entitled, "Secret U.S. Task Force 145 Secretly Changes Its Name, Again." "The super-secret U.S. Task Force 145 had already changed its number call sign before its... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Putting the Focus on Another Paradox of War

    June 13, 2006 04:56 PM

    "[W]hy do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to up-armor our vehicles and why don't we have those resources readily available to us?" Army Spc. Thomas Wilson famously <a... Continue reading

  3. Behind the News

    The Future Hurtles Toward Tribune Co.

    June 9, 2006 03:24 PM

    Leading with the turmoil at the intrigue-wracked Tribune Co. for the second day running, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Tribune's board has since January "been seriously considering a restructuring that would include a spinoff of the company's... Continue reading

  4. Behind the News

    Kaplan Exits, Bloggers Hoot

    June 8, 2006 12:34 PM

    After a difficult tenure at the top of perpetual cable news doormat MSNBC, broadcast news veteran Rick Kaplan stepped down yesterday -- and bloggers made sure to hit him with the door on the way out. "Rick Kaplan... Continue reading

  5. The Audit

    Herald Columnist Calls the Kettle Black

    June 2, 2006 03:13 PM

    Boston Herald business scribe Brett Arends posed a fretful question yesterday: "Will Web bloggers turn today's news columnists into tomorrow's dinosaurs?" "Is the newspaper columnist doomed?" Arends began -- quite a question for a newspaper columnist to... Continue reading

  6. The Audit

    Paulson’s Good for the Dollar, or Bad … or Whatever

    June 1, 2006 03:31 PM

    Last week we called for the abolition of "the daily market round-up story, the one purporting to explain the latest fluctuation in the marketplace vis-à-vis the collective mood of the world's investors" -- a shallow journalistic staple which, thanks... Continue reading

  7. The Audit

    Journal Outdone by Buffalo, Detroit

    May 31, 2006 12:49 PM

    At midday yesterday, the Wall Street Journal online contained a prominently placed piece of five-day-old news. The short article by a Dow Jones writer, dated Monday, carried this happy headline: "GM's Worker-Buyout Plan Is a Hit." <br... Continue reading

  8. Behind the News

    Lara Setrakian on Untold Stories from Guantanamo Bay

    May 29, 2006 09:00 AM

    Lara Setrakian, an off-air reporter with ABC News' Law & Justice Unit, last week posted on ABC's Web site an exclusive interview with a group of recently freed Guantanamo detainees. The men -- five Muslims from China's Uighur minority... Continue reading

  9. Politics

    Bloggers Respond Warmly to Dobbs’ Fire and Brimstone

    May 25, 2006 12:57 PM

    CNN anchor Lou Dobbs is not one to mince words -- especially when it comes to his personal crusade for immigration reform or his emotional advocacy on behalf of America's middle class. But yesterday, in an online... Continue reading

  10. Behind the News

    Bloggers React to Anchor Shuffle With Dismay

    May 24, 2006 01:42 PM

    Less than half a year after anointing Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff the next-generation anchors of World News Tonight, ABC News abandoned that plan yesterday, announcing that 63-year-old Charles Gibson would take over as the sole anchor... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Gore Running on Fumes, Addington Running the White House

    May 23, 2006 02:52 PM

    With Al Gore's new film due out Wednesday, New York magazine becomes the latest media outlet to hop aboard the bandwagon, with a profile that is surprisingly nuanced and revealing. The beginning of John Heilemann's piece echoes... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    Bloggers Get Riled Up Over Illegal Immigration Newsflash

    May 22, 2006 11:55 AM

    As the immigration debate continues, the San Francisco Chronicle weighed in Sunday with a lengthy front-page story, reporting that "The current migration of Mexicans and Central Americans to the United States is one of the largest diasporas in modern... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    And Just What Is

    May 19, 2006 02:54 PM

    This week the Web site released its "power rankings" of Washington's most formidable and effective Congressmen and Senators in 2005 -- and political print scribes from coast to coast ate up the scorecard like rotisserie-league baseball fans ravenously... Continue reading

  14. Behind the News

    KPIX Leads the Way on the Kaiser Investigation

    May 19, 2006 01:30 PM

    Last week we tipped our hat to the Los Angeles Times for publishing a set of investigative stories which shed light on major problems plaguing the in-house kidney transplant program launched in mid-2004 by Kaiser Permanente in Northern California.... Continue reading

  15. Behind the News

    At CNN, “Who Knows?” Counts as Reporting

    May 18, 2006 12:47 PM

    On Wednesday, former Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife of four years, Heather Mills McCartney, confirmed that they were separating, blaming an intrusive media as a major factor in their split. CNN responded by effectively proving the McCartneys'... Continue reading

  16. Behind the News

    Tony Snow Show Snows Bloggers

    May 17, 2006 01:59 PM

    The day after Tony Snow's first on-camera performance as White House press secretary, high-profile commentators are weighing in. In the Washington Post, Dana Milbank calls Snow's unveiling "a boffo debut." In the New York Times, Alessandra Stanley deems... Continue reading

  17. Behind the News

    A Kinder, Gentler Press Briefing?

    May 16, 2006 05:40 PM

    It's hard to imagine Scott McClellan tearing up at the podium, and harder still to imagine Ari Fleischer doing so. But today, Tony Snow did -- part of a first on-camera press briefing that took on a distinctly more respectful... Continue reading

  18. Behind the News

    Blowing the Whistle on a Potential Owner

    May 12, 2006 04:19 PM

    A story in today's Philadelphia Inquirer bore some mildly disturbing news: Onex Corp., a Canadian investment company that is one of at least six bidders for the Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, "has floated plans for deep cuts in... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    Press Pretends It’s Not a Player in the Saga of Al Gore

    May 12, 2006 01:26 PM

    "Al Gore Might Yet Join 2008 Contenders," a Wall Street Journal headline declared earlier this week. "For former Vice President Al Gore, a rash of favorable publicity surrounding this month's opening of his movie An Inconvenient Truth,... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    CNN Catches Wind of an Explosive Story

    May 10, 2006 02:25 PM

    As we logged on to this morning, one headline among the network's list of top stories quickly caught our attention: "Pentagon's 700 ton blast test put on hold." Not knowing anything about a "700 ton blast," we... Continue reading

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