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  1. Campaign Desk

    The Bloomer Mill

    January 15, 2008 12:55 PM

    While most of the country is focused on Obama and Clinton, McCain and Romney, and big issues of race and gender, war and the economy, the sliver of island called Manhattan, just off the coast of America (where it rightly... Continue reading

  2. Campaign Desk

    Clinton Ran Against The Press—And Won

    January 9, 2008 01:36 PM

    After last night’s win, it seems clear that Bill was right. The possible future first laddie has been railing against the press for the past few weeks—and went on a real tirade just hours before the polls opened in... Continue reading

  3. Campaign Desk

    Bill Clinton: Media Critic

    January 8, 2008 09:59 AM

    Let there be no illusions. Bill Clinton is not exactly the most objective arbiter of how fair the media has been to his wife. And yet, his harsh critique of the press coverage of Senator Clinton the other day... Continue reading

  4. Campaign Desk

    CNN Needn’t Apologize

    November 30, 2007 04:40 PM

    The president of CNN could not have sounded more contrite. In today’s New York Times, Jon Klein lamented the small storm that has raged in the blogosphere - and, really, nowhere else - over the background of one of... Continue reading

  5. The Kicker

    The Eichenwald Effect?

    November 26, 2007 12:33 PM

    An article in yesterday’s New York Times looked at the steady exodus of India’s villagers to the megalopolis of Mumbai. According to a study by Goldman Sachs quoted in the piece, “31 villagers will continue to show up in... Continue reading

  6. Campaign Desk

    Hillary Plays the Game

    November 20, 2007 04:41 PM

    How’s this for an effective media strategy for a presidential candidate: “Aggressively stamp out any misstatement about HRC before it can take on a life of its own in the popular mythology”? This is from Michael Crowley in The New... Continue reading

  7. Behind the News

    A Reality Check For FCC Debate

    November 16, 2007 01:09 PM

    Every time the FCC proposes new media ownership rules (as it did four years ago, and seven years before that) it's an opportunity to witness the power of spin. Those who favor deregulation, and those who oppose it, describe the... Continue reading

  8. Campaign Desk

    Pat Robertson Doesn’t Matter Anymore

    November 8, 2007 04:56 PM

    For at least the last ten years, Pat Robertson has been a confounding, mystifying, and troublesome public figure for journalists to contend with. On the one hand, Robertson is given to such crazy talk so often and has been disowned... Continue reading

  9. Campaign Desk

    Would You Bomb Iran, Yes or No?

    October 31, 2007 02:26 PM

    Sandwiched between the Clinton-bashing and UFO-sighting there was much talk of Iran at last night’s Democratic debate in Philly -- as there has been at each of the eight debates so far. And for good reason. By all accounts Iran... Continue reading

  10. The Kicker

    Want to be a Journalist for Halloween?

    October 29, 2007 03:17 PM

    It’s hard to fathom what exactly the folks at FEMA were thinking. This weekend we found out that at a press conference last week to discuss the Southern California fires, FEMA had their own employees pose as reporters and... Continue reading

  11. Behind the News

    The Chip on Sanchez’s Shoulder

    October 19, 2007 11:08 AM

    Even though I’m a bit late to this, it’s worth following up on my post from Monday about the coverage of Ricardo Sanchez’s speech. Since then, the text of his remarks have become public and after reading them, I... Continue reading

  12. Behind the News

    “Bruising” Press Critique, Bruised Ego?

    October 15, 2007 01:29 PM

    It was shocking enough to read on Saturday morning that another retired general was lambasting the Bush administration’s conduct of the war in Iraq, but even more disconcerting to discover that it was Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, himself a former... Continue reading

  13. Campaign Desk

    Can Hitch Make Al Run?

    October 11, 2007 01:52 PM

    Does the cantankerous Christopher Hitchens control the media? I’m beginning to come to that scary conclusion after scanning the papers this morning. Two weeks ago, Hitchens posted one of his regular columns on Slate in which he predicted... Continue reading

  14. Campaign Desk

    Which Came First?

    October 9, 2007 12:50 PM

    It’s not quite chicken and egg territory, but it’s an equally endless query nonetheless. What leads to what? Does a presidential candidate’s popularity in the polls lead to more media coverage or does media coverage lead to popularity in the... Continue reading

  15. Behind the News

    The Unpeaceful Rest of Mohammed Al-Dura

    October 3, 2007 02:34 PM

    No single event was responsible for igniting the Second Intifada, which began seven years ago and effectively killed off the “peace process” between Israel and the Palestinians. Or, rather, there are specific causes for why violence erupted in the occupied... Continue reading

  16. Campaign Desk

    There’s No Silencing This Ring

    October 2, 2007 01:15 PM

    It’s no fun to be one of those moralizing prigs lamenting the up-close-and-personal treatment the presidential candidates are getting this election cycle. So instead, I’d like to point out an instance where this intimate and intense scrutiny of the candidates’... Continue reading

  17. Behind the News

    The Israel Lobby Doesn’t Control the Media

    September 27, 2007 11:35 AM

    What more could there possibly be to say about “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,” the controversial new book-length version of John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt’s provocative thesis about pro-Israel forces in America? We’ve heard both the... Continue reading

  18. Behind the News

    Parsing Petraeus

    September 12, 2007 11:10 AM

    Among the big headlines General David Petraeus's testimony before Congress has produced is the news that 30,000 troops will be coming home before next summer. Characterized by the general as a "very substantial withdrawal," it's one of the only indications... Continue reading

  19. Behind the News

    Steven Erlanger Forgets He’s a Journalist

    September 10, 2007 04:04 PM

    Steven Erlanger, The New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief reports this morning on the difficulties journalists have encountered trying to cover the now Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Reporters trying to broadcast or write about the protests by the opposing Fatah... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    Master Narrative

    September 6, 2007 02:55 PM

    It was the least-breaking of breaking news that I can remember in some time. Precisely at 8:32 p.m. I went on the Internet and discovered, screaming across the top of The New York Times homepage: “BREAKING NEWS: Fred Thompson Declares... Continue reading

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