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  1. Politics

    Congress Pumps a Little Gas Itself

    April 28, 2006 05:36 PM

    Hypocrisy in Washington is not a new story. And yet it never ceases to amaze how politicians do such a poor job covering their own tracks as they try to maintain the appearance that they live by the principles they... Continue reading

  2. Behind the News

    We Are the Decider, and We Decide This is Fluff

    April 26, 2006 01:51 PM

    We have a disturbing trend to report: It seems the creeping Sunday Stylization of the New York Times has accelerated to a lope and invaded even the national section of the weekday Times. An article in... Continue reading

  3. Behind the News

    Mary McCarthy: The Media Martyr Who Wasn’t

    April 25, 2006 03:27 PM

    Yesterday's denial by Mary McCarthy that she was the source for Dana Priest's Pulitzer Prize-winning story about secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe not only robbed the left and right of, respectively, a new hero and a new villain... Continue reading

  4. The Audit

    Chicago Trib Demands More Junk Food for Kids

    April 21, 2006 03:33 PM

    While reading the Chicago Tribune's take on Kraft Foods' recent financial woes, our teeth started to hurt. Maybe it was a cavity forming, but more likely we were just grinding them in mad frustration. The article... Continue reading

  5. The Audit

    Nuw Yerk Tumes Names Sulzburger as Chairmun

    April 20, 2006 12:50 PM

    Yesterday provided a serious reality check for Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., chairman of The New York Times Company. In what could only be an act of protest against the junior Sulzberger's leadership, public investors controlling more than a quarter of... Continue reading

  6. The Audit

    Is Page Six Really All that Different?

    April 18, 2006 02:35 PM

    In his always engaging column yesterday, David Carr of the New York Times presented his take on the Page Six scandal that erupted two weeks ago, arguing that we shouldn't ignore the real power and influence that the... Continue reading

  7. Behind the News

    Sonia Nazario on Riding the Rails to Retrace the Steps of One Illegal Immigrant

    April 14, 2006 06:27 PM

    Sonia Nazario (left) Sonia Nazario has been a reporter at the Los Angeles Times since 1993. She was the recipient of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for a... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    Blogosphere Discovers Iran

    April 13, 2006 04:19 PM

    Iran is very much on bloggers' minds this week. Specifically, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's surprise revelation that his country is now capable of enriching uranium, a first step towards the A-bomb or, as the Terror of Tehran put it this... Continue reading

  9. Politics

    Bloggers Pounce on Wobbly-Legged Frogs

    April 12, 2006 05:25 PM

    In the minds of many Americans, Europe can sometimes be a place as virtual as the blogosphere -- not a complex, breathing, multifaceted collection of populations, not an actual location, but rather a reflection of one's own political beliefs and... Continue reading

  10. Behind the News

    What Does “Thursday Styles” Have in Common With Katie Couric?

    April 11, 2006 12:27 PM

    The absurdity that is the Thursday Styles section of the New York Times is not exactly news to us. Still, we were tickled to see The New Republic spend 4,000 words on the matter in its typically wonky pages.... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Seymour Hersh Has Both Right And Left Apoplectic

    April 10, 2006 05:09 PM

    Bloggers -- and at least one newspaper columnist -- are taking Seymour Hersh's alarming new piece in The New Yorker very seriously. The man who brought us the My Lai massacre and, more recently, the Abu Ghraib abuses,... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    Bush Bats Away Fly, Media See Epic Struggle

    April 7, 2006 04:36 PM

    One of the Bush administration's defining qualities has been, since day one, its extraordinary ability to stay "on message." The press, naturally, has found this extremely frustrating. Thus, the recent set of unscripted town hall-style meetings -- during which President... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    McCain, Reconsidered

    April 6, 2006 04:45 PM

    In an online Q & A that accompanied her May 2005 New Yorker profile of John McCain, Connie Bruck was asked why the Arizona senator claimed Teddy Roosevelt as his hero and role model. Among other things, Bruck... Continue reading

  14. Behind the News

    Is Jill Carroll Really Iraq’s Patty Hearst?

    March 31, 2006 02:32 PM

    We were thrilled yesterday to hear the news that the sweet-faced, intrepid Jill Carroll had been freed in Iraq. (This reporter was even heard to exclaim something about a marriage proposal to Ms. Carroll.) It isn't hard to understand why,... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Just Because They’re Not Shouting, it Doesn’t Mean They Don’t Care

    March 28, 2006 12:37 PM

    The press' instinct to apply simple narratives to complex stories isn't limited to American politics. Apparently, members of the media are just as happy to impose superficial storylines on international politics, too. Over the past few days, a... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    U.S. Pulls Plug on Iraqi Reconstruction, Press Yawns

    March 24, 2006 04:51 PM

    USA Today is the only paper to lead today with what, in our estimation, is pretty big news. The head of U.S. reconstruction efforts in Iraq has declared that America is done paying the bills to rebuild the country.... Continue reading

  17. Behind the News

    The Attack on the Press in Iraq, Part Two

    March 23, 2006 05:25 PM

    It was one of the last questions yesterday at another of the town hall meetings that President Bush has been filling his schedule with lately -- this one in West Virginia. A woman stood up and first let Bush... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Are You Going to Believe “Images” or Words?

    March 21, 2006 05:15 PM

    We've had a strange but persistent thought these past few days watching administration officials try to make the case that the U.S. is actually winning the war in Iraq as it enters its fourth year: George Bush, Dick Cheney and... Continue reading

  19. Behind the News

    Marilyn Johnson on Writing About the Dead, Not the Dying

    March 17, 2006 05:02 PM

    Marilyn Johnson (Rob Fleder) Marilyn Johnson's new book The Dead Beat explores the world of obituaries -- both the journalists who write them and the readers who... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    Saying Nothing, Making Page One Anyway

    March 10, 2006 04:04 PM

    The Washington Post peaked our interest this morning by fronting a story headlined, "U.S. Sets Plans to Aid Iraq in Civil War." Was the administration admitting that the sectarian violence of the past few... Continue reading

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