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  1. Politics

    Once Over Lightly

    August 2, 2005 03:43 PM

    Watching CNN's "American Morning" today, CJR Daily learned that President Bush had spoken out in favor of teaching intelligent design in schools. Here's how CNN's Carol Costello broke it down: President Bush reportedly said intelligent design should be taught in... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Flip, Flop, Flip

    July 29, 2005 04:00 PM

    The big news this morning from Capitol Hill was Sen. Bill Frist's announcement that he is breaking with the president to support legislation that lifts limits on stem cell research and increases federal funding for such work. The Senate majority... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    John Madden Infiltrates Fox News!

    July 27, 2005 03:33 PM

    Late this morning Fox News brought on military analyst retired Major General Bob Scales to update viewers on the War on Terror. Today's topic: The Cone of Instability. You see, Scales explains, the military is sending advisors abroad "in order... Continue reading

  4. The Audit

    Bubble Stories

    July 26, 2005 04:31 PM

    Yesterday the National Association of Realtors released a report stating, "Existing-home sales surpassed market expectations and reached another record in June, as low mortgage interest rates and favorable market conditions continued to attract buyers." The report went on to... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    Fox News: All Terror, All the Time

    July 25, 2005 03:53 PM

    Cable news is known for its bias toward conflict and sensationalism. There's nothing that gets viewers to tune in more than exaggerated reports of the latest near-attack by a shark -- or, for that matter, a hurricane. And the most... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    Drama Queen in Darfur

    July 22, 2005 01:51 PM

    Yesterday, as we noted in the blog report, Sudanese government officials threw a fit when U.S. reporters accompanying Secretary of State Condelezza Rice began to aggressively question Sudanese President Lt. Gen. Omar Hassan Bashir. One reporter, NBC's Andrea Mitchell,... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    A Medical Story Gone Awry

    July 20, 2005 04:50 PM

    Yesterday the Food and Drug Administration issued a public health advisory for Mifepristone, the abortion pill commonly known as RU-486, as the organization continues to investigate four deaths of pill users from infections between September 2003 to June 2005.... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    Rural Legend Bumps into Fact, Survives

    July 20, 2005 04:21 PM

    A couple weeks ago, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report shooting down a longtime Rural Legend -- and oft-time Republican talking point -- that impecunious farm families often have to sell their farms to pay the estate... Continue reading

  9. Politics

    Getting It Wrong on the Dead and the Dying

    July 15, 2005 01:30 PM

    While her husband deals with the revolving Supreme Court and the loose lips of his closest political strategist in Washington D.C., Laura Bush is strutting her first lady stuff in Africa. Yesterday she and Cherie Blair, wife of British Prime... Continue reading

  10. Blog Report

    CBS Grows Brain, Kenny Rogers Takes Train to Nowhere

    July 14, 2005 01:14 PM

    A few months ago all we heard in the media world was CBS this and CBS that. Then Dan Rather stepped down. And poof, just like that, CBS was gone from the world of media chatter. Then on Tuesday came... Continue reading

  11. Blog Report

    Deficit Bloggers Dismayed No One is Dancing in the Streets

    July 13, 2005 01:04 PM

    Today came news that the federal budget deficit is on the decline. Why's that? Increased tax revenue. And suddenly, everyone's raking in the dough as an economic analyst. Alexander K. McClure thinks that the news ought to... Continue reading

  12. The Water Cooler

    Doug Clifton on What He Said and What He Meant

    July 13, 2005 10:52 AM

    Doug Clifton Doug Clifton has been a reporter at the Miami Herald, deputy chief of Knight Ridder's Washington bureau, editor of the Miami Herald and currently serves... Continue reading

  13. The Audit

    Pumping Up Gas Prices

    July 11, 2005 03:09 PM

    Feeling the squeeze at the pump? Today the Associated Press confirms your fears! The headline? "Pump prices surge to record $2.33 a gallon." The first paragraph: "Gas prices have hit a record high of $2.33 a gallon." Third... Continue reading

  14. Blog Report

    Damn! Nobody Dead, Nobody Injured

    July 11, 2005 12:30 PM

    The weather is on the mind of the blogosphere this morning. Or rather, the lack of weather. Near Orlando, Tom Carbone writes, "Well, I [rode] out Hurricane Dennis and survived. It didn't rain at all today, and the... Continue reading

  15. Magazine Report

    Newsweek Recommends No Sex for Time

    July 5, 2005 12:20 PM

    Last week Time magazine's editor-in-chief, Norman Pearlstine, announced that he was turning over reporter Matthew Cooper's confidential notes to federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, in regards to a Web story Cooper wrote concerning the Valerie Plame case. After months of backing... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Forgetful Fox Races to Print

    July 1, 2005 11:30 AM

    Most journalists came to work today thinking it'd be a nice, slow Friday before the holiday weekend. And then, out of nowhere, Sandra Day O'Connor retires, and your editor wants a story with a deadline of ten minutes ago. So... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    O’Reilly Solves Holloway Case

    June 30, 2005 02:56 PM

    Last week, after spending the day watching sixteen hours of cable news, we observed that Fox News sought to make itself the go-to outlet for the latest on Natalee Holloway, the missing white woman du jour. The... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    The Interview That Keeps On Giving

    June 29, 2005 05:14 PM

    Another speech from President Bush on the War on Terror, five more references to 9/11, and another opportunity for politicians still so inclined to allege that Saddam Hussein was connected to the attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.... Continue reading

  19. Magazine Report

    Abe Lincoln, a Terrorist in Training and, Yes, Jennifer Wilbanks

    June 28, 2005 12:22 PM

    Head over to The New Yorker's Web site and you'll see that Nancy Franklin's latest covers ABC's upcoming "limited series" -- new TV-world parlance for "mini-series" -- set in the final weeks of Caesar's Rome. Franklin tells us... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    Everybody Hates a Winner

    June 24, 2005 03:43 PM

    For years now, the Southside Chicago White Sox have played second fiddle to the Northside Cubs. In good years and bad, the Cubs have always packed in the crowds with the lure of historic Wrigley Field and its reputation as... Continue reading

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