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  1. Behind the News

    Hurricane Aaron Still Blowing

    October 18, 2005 05:12 PM

    It wasn't long ago, during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, that Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard seemed like the last person on planet Earth who would ever have to bypass the media to get out his message. At the time,... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Drawing Back the Curtain on One Miers Mystery

    October 17, 2005 04:36 PM

    For weeks, Washington watchers have been obsessing about an October 5 declaration by James Dobson, a radio pundit and founder of the conservative advocacy group Focus on the Family, expressing his support for Harriet Miers' nomination to the Supreme Court.... Continue reading

  3. Behind the News

    Panda Press Misses Not a Detail

    October 14, 2005 10:29 AM

    Yesterday, the Washington Post broke some dreadful news, the ultimate ramifications of which -- as of press time -- were not entirely clear, but the impact of which will surely be felt by hundreds if not thousands of residents in... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    The Times-Picayune Undresses a Blowhard

    October 12, 2005 04:01 PM

    In the days following Hurricane Katrina, Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard leapt into the white-hot media arena and became one of the most eloquent, savage, and ubiquitous critics of the Bush administration's lackluster, stutter-step response. As we noted earlier,... Continue reading

  5. The Audit

    Christian Science Monitor Discovers the Internet

    October 11, 2005 06:03 PM

    These days, everywhere you look, the news is full of dire economic indicators. High gas prices. Huge heating cost increases. Creeping interest rates. But according to an article in today's Christian Science Monitor, help may be on the way thanks... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    Journalism in Camouflage

    October 10, 2005 05:55 PM

    If you're going to criticize the Bush Administration's handling of the war in Iraq for the editorial page of the Washington Times, it's important to take care of due diligence first. Before getting around to your protestations, for example, you... Continue reading

  7. The Water Cooler

    David House on Post-Publication Fact-Checking and Deterring Plagiarism

    October 7, 2005 05:49 PM

    David House In March of 2004, the editors at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram announced that they would begin implementing a new deterrence system designed to safeguard their... Continue reading

  8. Blog Report

    Man Pokes Stick at Dog Behind Fence; Dog Eats Stick

    October 6, 2005 01:40 PM

    On Tuesday night, Bill O'Reilly devoted a portion of Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor" to discussing the subject of dangerous, partisan "Web logs" and answering the pressing question: "Who's behind the smear campaigns?" The show, which featured guests David Kline of... Continue reading

  9. Blog Report

    From the Left, From the Right, Bloggers Whack Bush Around

    October 5, 2005 02:59 PM

    Yesterday at a press conference in the Rose Garden, President Bush answered questions about his nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court, reiterated his opposition to steroids in baseball, and addressed the potential hazards of bird flu ("That's... Continue reading

  10. Blog Report

    “60 Minutes”: In the Crosshairs Again

    October 3, 2005 02:04 PM

    Last night on CBS's "60 Minutes," Bob Simon interviewed Elian Gonzalez, who is now 11 years old and living in Cuba. Predictably, the interview touched off a minor "El Nino" event in far-reaching corners of the blogosphere. "Did... Continue reading

  11. Behind the News

    Not Yet, Anyway

    September 30, 2005 04:47 PM

    There are few things more dramatic in television news than reporting on a hurricane. Giant waves rushing ashore, demolishing all that they encounter. Torrential downpours flooding the streets. Nasty winds lifting away rooftops. Everywhere you look, drama. Reporting on the... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    Who Indicted Tom DeLay?

    September 29, 2005 02:51 PM

    Yesterday, in the wake of a criminal indictment in Texas, Tom DeLay stepped down as the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. In a brief speech, DeLay posed a few hypotheses. The charges, he suggested, were the... Continue reading

  13. Magazine Report

    Six Different Takes on Katrina, Rita

    September 27, 2005 01:02 PM

    This week the combined brunt of two hurricanes washed up on the glossy shores of American magazines, creating a torrent of coverage, complete with counterintuitive eddies, soggy historical analysis, and off-the-cuff poetry. The cover of U.S. News & World... Continue reading

  14. Behind the News

    New York Times Writes Second Obit for the Joke - and Then a Third

    September 26, 2005 02:26 PM

    It's been months -- four months, in fact -- since the New York Times first announced the death of the joke -- an art form, the Times suggested, that may have at last succumbed to other forms of humor. Irony.... Continue reading

  15. Behind the News

    Going Nowhere Fast

    September 23, 2005 04:40 PM

    Today, everywhere you look in the news, you see them. People trapped in cars, running from a storm, running into traffic, running out of gas, and running out of patience. But while swarms of reporters and camera crews have turned... Continue reading

  16. The Audit

    Inflation at the News Pump

    September 22, 2005 04:22 PM

    This morning, the San Francisco Chronicle greeted its readers in the Bay Area with a bit of bad news about gas prices. The paper reported that Hurricane Rita was now bearing down on the Texas coastline and could "drive... Continue reading

  17. Behind the News

    Why Did New Orleans Drown?

    September 21, 2005 04:34 PM

    Why did the floodwalls surrounding New Orleans fail to protect the city from Hurricane Katrina? It's an important question, and for the past several weeks, the Army Corps of Engineers has been giving a pat answer seemingly intended to head... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    The Real MSM Piles onto DeLay

    September 20, 2005 03:54 PM

    Pundits of a certain stripe love to prattle on about the liberal bias of the �mainstream media,� an engrained mindset that drives them to gang up on Republican politicians such as House Leader Tom DeLay. This week, once again, DeLay... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    What? A Boondoggle Without a Czar?

    September 16, 2005 04:45 PM

    Last night, in his speech to the nation, President Bush announced that a group of inspectors general would be watching over the federal government's rebuilding of the Gulf Coast, keeping an eye out for patronage and corruption. That... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    Giving New Meaning to the Term “Pool Reporter”

    September 15, 2005 05:44 PM

    "A pool is, for many of us in the West, a symbol not of affluence but of order, of control over the uncontrollable," Joan Didion once wrote in an essay. "A pool is water, made available and useful, and is,... Continue reading

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