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  1. Politics

    CNN Leads in Pointless Story Stakes, But Reuters Is Gaining Fast

    July 1, 2004 03:35 PM

    So far this campaign season has been a major player in Campaign Desk's ongoing count of vacuous stories pointlessly predicting unpredictable events, from the veepstakes all the way up through the winner in November. First, the CNN website ran... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    The Times Falls for Bum Numbers

    June 30, 2004 01:02 PM

    Last week we reported on two Cincinnati papers which bought John Kerry's dubious spin on the government's official unemployment numbers. Today, we see the same rubbish for sale in The New York Times. This morning's account of... Continue reading

  3. Magazine Report


    June 29, 2004 12:19 PM

    It's Veep Week at the news magazines, which give us news on the veepstakes, words from the current veep himself, and a big (and somewhat curious) profile of the nation's second veep and third president, Thomas Jefferson. Newsweek's Howard Fineman... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    Animal House

    June 28, 2004 04:17 PM

    This morning, USA Today's Jim Drinkard exposes 527s, those independent political groups named for the election law that prompted their creation, for what they really are -- a network of well-oiled, donation-fed political units skating right up to the... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    Can’t Anyone Here Play This Game?

    June 24, 2004 04:38 PM

    Back in mid-May the Quinnipiac Polling Institute released a New Jersey poll that depicted a close race between President Bush and Sen. Kerry, elevating the state to battleground status. (Campaign Desk later debunked New Jersey's assignment to the... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    And Once Again, the Fish in the Barrel Is … the Washington Times!

    June 23, 2004 03:25 PM

    Yesterday Campaign Desk pointed out the press' affinity for the optimism v. pessimism storyline as the candidates labor to spin their message on the economy. Today, The Washington Times offered up its version, demonstrating once again its uncanny... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    Polling Partisans, or Partisan Polling?

    June 22, 2004 05:21 PM

    How many Republicans are enough? That's the question that's emerged from the Los Angeles Times' poll of June 5-8, which showed Kerry leading Bush, 51 percent to 44 percent. However, 38 percent of those polled identified themselves... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    Those Blurry Flyover States

    June 22, 2004 03:00 PM

    Last week, The American Prospect's Matthew Yglesias mistakenly identified Ohio as a state that is "next door" to Missouri. He later joked on his personal blog, "East-coast elitism strikes again ... All those flyover states look the same... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    The Hispanic Press: Still Waiting for Bush and Kerry

    June 17, 2004 03:43 PM

    Seven million Hispanics will vote in the November presidential elections, a million more than in 2000, and according to a projection distributed yesterday that contingent will [carry] a significant weight in key states of the election... And so... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    Sluggish Voters, Sluggish Press

    June 16, 2004 01:24 PM

    The most recent Economist posed a question being pondered by many Washington insiders in regards to the Bush's handling of the economy, "What explains the gap between the economic statistics and the polls?" It's answer, "Time is... Continue reading

  11. The Water Cooler

    Adam Smith on Brain-Picking, Mind-Boggingly Dull Campaign Events, and Tallahassee Hotels

    June 11, 2004 09:20 AM

    Adam Smith Adam Smith was named the political editor of the St. Petersburg Times in 2001. He has covered Florida politics for more than a decade, and... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    Spaces vs. Faces

    June 4, 2004 05:16 PM

    Yesterday, during a speech in Independence, Mo., Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., promised, if elected, to add 40,000 active-duty troops to the U.S. Army. In response, the Bush campaign organized a conference call in which campaign manager Ken Mehlman and Sen.... Continue reading

  13. Blog Report

    Legal Tenets

    June 3, 2004 12:01 PM

    It's 152 days until the election, but the voting never stops in the blogosphere, where every voice counts. And while most of you won't get paid for voting on November 2, (we'll leave Chicago out of this), MaxSpeak is <a... Continue reading

  14. Blog Report

    A Bitchy Day in the ‘Sphere

    June 2, 2004 11:55 AM

    Pandagon's Jesse Taylor is more than a little agitated today about Ted Sampley, the head of Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry, for Sampley's latest hack job on Sen. Kerry. Taylor offers his own parody of Sampley's charges: "Apparently,... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Cherry-Picking Time at the Washington Times

    June 1, 2004 12:34 PM

    Writing in today's Washington Times, Donald Lambro furthers the argument that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry is having difficulty shoring up his base, especially among Hispanics and African-Americans, as well as the anti-war left. Lambro relies, in part,... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Pickler Headline “Not Kosher”

    May 27, 2004 03:47 PM

    The offending headline. Today The Washington Post drops the baton in the apparently never-ending relay race to slap an Associated Press wire story onto a newspaper website... Continue reading

  17. Politics


    May 26, 2004 04:53 PM

    Take out your Waterman pen, brush the dust off your calendars, flip forward to July, scan down to the 21st, and write the following: "John Kerry to announce John Edwards as running mate." Can Campaign Desk see into the future?... Continue reading

  18. Magazine Report

    Group Hugs, Truck Pulls, and Cookies

    May 25, 2004 12:39 PM

    Vietnam has long stood as the insta-analogy for any modern conflict. With the sixtieth anniversary of D-Day only days away, however, both Newsweek and Time take a shot at comparing the war on terror with World War II.... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    Coloring New Jersey

    May 22, 2004 01:14 PM

    By Thomas Lang Yesterday morning on CNN's "American Morning," former Clinton aide Lisa Caputo nominated New Jersey's transformation to a "purple state" as the "undercover story of the week." Last Monday, New Jersey showed up as a battleground... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    Anonymous Confessions

    May 20, 2004 11:20 AM

    Today, David M. Halbfinger provides an unintentionally comic twist in The New York Times pin-the-tail-on-the-anonymous-source game. In the fourth paragraph of his coverage on the John Kerry and Ralph Nader meeting Halbfinger includes a harmless quote from... Continue reading

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