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  1. Behind the News

    If the networks and the Pentagon hate it, ‘Hometown Baghdad’ is surely must-see TV

    May 15, 2007 03:39 PM

    Adel, the rock star of the three, with his big black shades, spiky hair, and goatee, looks at the camera and describes how his date went last night. "The vast majority of girls will not allow you to get where... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Look Who’s Dining with the Queen

    May 8, 2007 04:12 PM

    Remember the sturm und drang two weeks ago following the annual Washington Correspondents Association dinner? The capital press corps was chastised once again for their coziness to power, a few scathing columns attacked a culture of journalistic complacency, and eventually... Continue reading

  3. Behind the News

    The Organic Link Between Books and Newspapers

    May 1, 2007 01:45 PM

    Give the Los Angeles Times some credit. Rather than fight its critics, it sometimes gives them the opportunity to sound off in its own pages. Such was the case this past weekend when Michael Connelly, a writer of mystery novels,... Continue reading

  4. Behind the News

    Counting the Dead in Iraq

    April 27, 2007 12:00 PM

    The tug-of-war over the releasing or withholding of civilian death tolls in Iraq is one we've watched closely over the years. Not only because these numbers are an important marker of how the war is going, but because the decision... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    The Sun’s Wafer-thin Attack on Elliott’s Pulitzer Piece

    April 20, 2007 04:23 PM

    The New York Times' sole Pulitzer prize this year went to Andrea Elliott, a young metro reporter at the paper, for a series she wrote about the imam of a Brooklyn mosque. The portrait of Sheikh Rada Shata revealed... Continue reading

  6. Behind the News

    Fox News Takes Vonnegut’s Bait, One Last Time

    April 17, 2007 01:13 PM

    In an essay in 2004, Kurt Vonnegut, doing one of the things he did best, distilled in a single phrase what television (and, we would add, cable TV in particular) had done to our species: "Thanks to TV and for... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    Politico’s One-Source Wonder

    March 22, 2007 04:36 PM

    How often have we opened a newspaper and seen these words: "My apologies to our readers for passing on bad information"? Um, never. So, first things first: Ben Smith, of the brand new Politico Web site... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    Do You Know Why the U.S. Attorneys Were Canned?

    March 15, 2007 03:02 PM

    With the release earlier this week of e-mails from the Justice Department about the firings and hirings of eight U.S. attorneys last year, it's become clear that politics played a critical role in the affair. No one can seriously question... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    Want a Well-Designed Newspaper? Go to Europe.

    March 12, 2007 01:18 PM

    Every year, the Society for News Design, an international organization based in Syracuse, New York, hands out awards for excellence in what it calls "visual journalism"--all the elements, beyond the words, that go into creating a newspaper. The most prestigious... Continue reading

  10. Behind the News

    Kurt Eichenwald, $2K and the Curious Ways of Investigative Reporters

    March 8, 2007 12:22 PM

    We can't help but cheer when good investigative journalism actually does what it's supposed to do -- raise awareness about issues previously ignored, expose bad guys, shine that proverbial spotlight of truth into dark places. Kurt Eichenwald's New York Times... Continue reading

  11. Behind the News

    Forget the Peripheral Stuff at Gitmo. The Story Is Who’s There and Why?

    February 28, 2007 12:24 PM

    The editors of the New Republic tout a story by Jeffrey Rosen on the cover of this week's magazine, a first-hand account they've decided to call "My Gitmo Vacation." They sure love their counterintuitive stories over there. In the... Continue reading

  12. Behind the News

    Beware the Bloggers

    February 21, 2007 02:25 PM

    It's kind of disconcerting -- or should be -- to see Tony Snow, the president's press secretary, sitting snuggly, legs crossed, hands daintily on his knees, next to one of the more prominent (and pugnacious) members of the Washington press... Continue reading

  13. Behind the News

    Truth and Consequences

    February 16, 2007 04:21 PM

    We wish we had come up with the expression first, but it was only a matter of time before someone did. In the end, Karen DeYoung at the Washington Post gets the prize, calling it the "Iraq Syndrome." <br... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    Fool Me Once …

    February 12, 2007 05:47 PM

    Media critics were on full alert today with worries that the latest administration claims of Iranian involvement in Iraq, reported over the weekend, are being treated with a similar lack of skepticism as the evidence of Iraq's WMD in 2002... Continue reading

  15. Behind the News

    The Importance Of “Seeing” The War

    February 3, 2007 01:19 AM

    The most shocking, and simultaneously compelling, aspect of the Baghdad dispatch in the New York Times this past Monday was its intimate close-up of one soldier’s death. It was impossible not to feel frustrated by the story of Hector... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Will The Politico Foster More Horse Race Coverage?

    February 1, 2007 03:30 PM

    Do you care about which legislative aide to Senator Carl Levin writes the senator's questions for his Armed Services Committee grillings? What about whom Nancy Pelosi might endorse for president? Or why Representative Loretta Sanchez quit the Congressional Hispanic Caucus?... Continue reading

  17. Behind the News

    Is Technology Ruining Your Morals?

    January 19, 2007 04:57 PM

    We are hoping that Lakshmi Chaudhry is ninety years old. Somehow misanthropy, a deep mistrust of technology, and a snarling skepticism about the ability of the masses to make good decisions for themselves goes down a little easier coming from... Continue reading

  18. Behind the News

    To NYT and CBS, All Single Women Look Like Carrie and Angie

    January 17, 2007 05:05 PM

    We love us a good trend story as much as the next media critic. Give us a quirky New York Times Sunday Style section article to eat -- as Brian Williams recently wrote on his blog, like "dessert on... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    Cordesman’s Op-Ed Belongs On Page 1

    January 12, 2007 05:14 PM

    Even though almost everyone knew by Wednesday exactly what the president's prescriptions for Iraq were going to be, there was a feeling of anticipation as we waited to hear the words actually form on his lips, and to see exactly... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    Parsing the “Surge”

    January 9, 2007 05:05 PM

    The Bush administration has aggressively refined the art of distilling any new initiative presented to the public into a single word or phrase that at once defines the idea while obscuring its various downsides. Orwell coined the everlasting expression for... Continue reading

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