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  1. Blog Report

    Waiting for CNN to Burst Into Flames

    January 19, 2006 02:14 PM

    On Tuesday, CNN announced that syndicated conservative radio personality Glenn Beck would be joining the network to host an hour-long show on Headline News. Like poking a stick into a beehive, the announcement predictably stirred bloggers into... Continue reading

  2. Blog Report

    Coverage of Al’s Speech Gets Gore’d

    January 18, 2006 02:49 PM

    On Monday, former Vice President Al Gore gave a speech at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. in which he criticized the Bush administration for, among other things, overstepping its authority as granted in the U.S. Constitution. "As... Continue reading

  3. Magazine Report

    Lunching with Huey, Skiing with Bode and Riding a Wholphin

    January 17, 2006 01:34 PM

    There's nothing like the fresh, glossy pages of a well-designed magazine to serve up the kind of story we news junkies love to settle into -- like, say, an essay on the imminent decline of magazines. This week, writing... Continue reading

  4. Blog Report

    Bloggers Read Ralph the Riot Act

    January 16, 2006 02:16 PM

    This morning, a front-page article in the Washington Post honed in on another potential loser in the ongoing Jack Abramoff scandal: Ralph Reed, candidate for lieutenant governor in Georgia, former executive director of the Christian Coalition and erstwhile Golden... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    Reporter Spots Hanging Curve Ball, Hits Home Run

    January 13, 2006 05:27 PM

    Yesterday, in a conference call with reporters, White House officials estimated that this fiscal year's federal budget deficit would likely top a whopping $400 billion -- an estimate that was much higher than had been expected. According to the White... Continue reading

  6. Behind the News

    And Now, a Few Golden Oldies from 1998!

    January 12, 2006 12:39 PM

    In general, newspaper opinion editors tend to pride themselves on publishing pieces that are fresh and original. But yesterday the editorial gatekeepers at the Washington Times dispensed with convention and, instead, tried a groundbreaking approach -- specifically, reprinting part... Continue reading

  7. Behind the News

    Times Dogged About Dog Days Coverage

    January 9, 2006 06:36 PM

    In recent months, the Washington bureau of the New York Times has been beaten on a number of big stories, from the Washington Post's revelation of secret CIA detention centers in Europe to the Los Angeles Times' scoop about the... Continue reading

  8. Behind the News

    Anonymice Plague the Shallow, the Vacuous and the Vain, Too

    January 6, 2006 12:30 PM

    Usually when we write about the potential pitfalls of anonymous sources, we're writing about political reporting. But apparently the same caveats apply to the world of gossip writers. To wit: on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that "diamond heiress-actress"... Continue reading

  9. Magazine Report

    Fifty Areas Where You Fall Short

    December 27, 2005 02:38 PM

    The winter holidays are a good time for reflection -- a moment of reprieve to think back on the past year and to look forward to the one ahead. For some of us, that means quiet moments of deep and... Continue reading

  10. Behind the News

    Press Plays Hot Potato With Seven Year-Old Scoop

    December 22, 2005 05:34 PM

    The death of a cell phone rarely happens under mysterious conditions. There's no autopsy required, for instance, when you drop your cell phone in the bathroom and it lands in the toilet. Nor is there much ambiguity when a crush... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Electricity: For Real, or Fleeting Fad?

    December 22, 2005 08:10 AM

    As the holidays descend upon us, pollsters, who have taken a lot of heat the past couple of years for asking the wrong questions or misinterpreting the puzzled answers to said wrong questions, are still churning out those polls. (Think... Continue reading

  12. Behind the News

    Bias Study Falls 43.7 Percent Short

    December 20, 2005 03:53 PM

    For years, sizing up the media's shortcomings has been a popular if fuzzy sport, full of subjective observations, grand generalizations, and polemical abstractions. Al Franken, for example, is happy to tell us that "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot,"... Continue reading

  13. The Water Cooler

    Seth Mnookin on Judy Miller, Arthur Sulzberger and Outward Bound

    December 16, 2005 06:28 PM

    Seth Mnookin (Photo: Nancy Crampton) Seth Mnookin is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, a former senior writer for Newsweek, and the author of Hard News : The Scandals... Continue reading

  14. Blog Report

    The Froomkin Follies

    December 15, 2005 01:57 PM

    This past Sunday, the Washington Post's freshly-minted ombudswoman Deborah Howell wrote an article in which she meditated on the differences between the Washington Post and, which, she explained, is run as a separate company known as the Washington... Continue reading

  15. Blog Report

    On Novak’s Cue, Blogs Demand Bush Spill Beans

    December 14, 2005 01:16 PM

    During a luncheon yesterday in Raleigh, North Carolina columnist Robert Novak reportedly told the audience that everyone should stop harassing him and Bob Woodward about who their source was in the Valerie Plame leak. Instead, they should try asking President... Continue reading

  16. Magazine Report

    Tortuous Waffling, Abroad and At Home

    December 13, 2005 02:48 PM

    This past week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice toured Europe, where she faced question after question about the U.S military's treatment of prisoners and the Bush administration's policy on torture. Time magazine was there, and, it reports this week, there... Continue reading

  17. Blog Report

    “Take Back That Compliment, You Cur!”

    December 12, 2005 02:23 PM

    This past weekend, the New York Times Magazine published a piece by The New Republic's Michael Crowley titled "Conservative Blogs are More Effective," that compared the relative efficacy of conservative and liberal bloggers. "Democrats say there's a... Continue reading

  18. Behind the News

    Songs of the Hurdy Gurley Man

    December 8, 2005 02:27 PM

    On a recent Friday evening, George Gurley sits down in a diner on 9th Avenue to eat a late lunch. By the time his burger arrives, the sun has long ago set, and somewhere across town his girlfriend Hilly is... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    Christmas Sends Washington Times On a Search For That Slippery PC Crowd

    December 1, 2005 05:07 PM

    This week, all the familiar trappings of the holiday season, from Christmas lights to Bing Crosby Albums to mistletoe wreaths, began popping up everywhere we looked. The pages of the Washington Times were no exception. To wit: on Tuesday the... Continue reading

  20. The Audit

    USA Today Gets Jiggy With Some Gadgets

    November 28, 2005 10:21 AM

    The French philosopher Roland Barthes once proclaimed that in the United States "sex is everywhere, except in sexuality." Recently, the philosophers at USA Today took a stab at supporting Barthes' theory, uncovering indisputable evidence that sex can be found in... Continue reading

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