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  1. Politics

    Touting Home-Grown Polls

    April 7, 2004 06:32 PM

    In January, New York Times public editor Daniel Okrent vented his frustration over the practice of media organizations (including his own) propagating analysis based on polls that they commission, while neglecting to inform readers of other readily available polls:... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    “Math Class Is Tough” For the Press

    April 6, 2004 05:26 PM

    Last month the press corps, particularly the Associated Press, struggled to recount the accurate number of jobs lost so far during the Bush administration. And with last week's announcement of new employment numbers, history (as the old clich´┐Ż would... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    CNN Stands by Peel Back; White House Mum; Letterman Unconvinced

    April 2, 2004 03:42 PM

    The kid - Tyler Crotty(AP Wideworld/Craig Litten) Last night we told you that CBS and CNN were not seeing eye-to-eye on whether or not the... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    Letterman vs. CNN vs. the White House, Cont’d

    April 1, 2004 10:10 PM

    The kid - Tyler Crotty(AP Wideworld/Craig Litten) Earlier today we posted our interim verdict on the Dave Letterman vs. CNN vs. the White House brouhaha. On... Continue reading

  5. Behind the News

    CNN Does Its White House Imitation

    April 1, 2004 12:52 PM

    By Thomas Lang A minor stew has brewed this week between David Letterman, CNN, and the White House over the veracity of a film clip of a Bush campaign speech that Letterman aired on Monday night. All the... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    Would You Like Rice with That?

    March 29, 2004 01:43 PM

    In covering the controversy over national security adviser Condoleezza Rice's refusal to testify publicly before the 9/11 commission, today's Los Angeles Times takes a break from "he-said, she-said" journalism and explains to its readers the historical precedents for presidential... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    Swing State Status

    March 27, 2004 02:22 PM

    "This promises to be one of the fiercest election battles in recent history, decided over narrowly divided battleground states ..." Sound familiar? This has been the theme of choice for the political press corps this election season. According to a... Continue reading

  8. Blog Report

    Everybody’s Out of the Loop

    March 26, 2004 11:31 AM

    Yesterday Brad Delong made Campaign Desk proud by picking up the telephone to question New York Times White House correspondent Elisabeth Bumiller about her coverage of the Bush administration's response to the Richard Clarke revelations. Specifically, Delong wanted... Continue reading

  9. Blog Report

    Bush Bracketology

    March 25, 2004 11:38 AM

    Yesterday we took a break from the regulars and had some fun with March Madness on the Kerry and Bush blogs. We'll give you an update on a political buzzer-beater below; but first, the real news. Over at Talking... Continue reading

  10. Blog Report

    March Madness, Presidential Style

    March 24, 2004 11:09 AM

    It's Wednesday and the usual suspects are still in a tizzy over the Richard Clarke book. So we used this opportunity to take a day pass from the Wild Wild West of the poli-blogosphere and trot on over to... Continue reading

  11. Blog Report

    Last Train to Clarkeville?

    March 23, 2004 11:19 AM

    Andrew Sullivan is on vacation, John Kerry's vacation is about to conclude, and Glenn Reynolds got back to work on Monday. With that in mind, we turn to the blogosphere's continuing coverage of the Richard Clarke revelations. Today's topic:... Continue reading

  12. Blog Report


    March 22, 2004 10:49 AM

    Richard Clarke, former presidential aide on terrorism to Presidents Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Reagan, made quite a splash in the blogosphere with his appearance on CBS' "60 Minutes" last night to discuss his new book, Against All... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Solomon’s Stenography

    March 20, 2004 05:24 PM

    John Solomon of the Associated Press wrote a piece Friday headlined, "Kerry's 1994 Effort to Cut Defense Eyed," examining an appropriations amendment Kerry sponsored in 1994. Recapping the sentiments expressed by Democratic senators at the time, Solomon reports, "The... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    Fournier’s Amnesia

    March 18, 2004 02:37 PM

    Via Atrios, we've spotted the Associated Press' Ron Fournier writing revisionist history about his own coverage of Al Gore's 2000 campaign. Yesterday, in a story on truth vs. distortion thus far in the 2004 campaign, Fournier wrote: "Few... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Search Engineers

    March 15, 2004 04:20 PM

    This week's Newsweek and Time both unveiled users' guides to the 2004 Presidential contest. To highlight the theme of what an unusually fast-paced, fists-flying campaign this has been to date, each magazine briefly recounts the Kerry's... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Kerry’s Red Engine

    March 15, 2004 02:52 PM

    Two weeks ago debate erupted over the appropriateness of President Bush's first 2004 campaign ads, which featured firefighters carrying a flag-draped coffin from the ruins of the World Trade Center. Harold Schaitberger found himself among the many activists quoted on... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    Joe-Mentum in Florida

    March 12, 2004 03:10 PM

    Do you remember when Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman declared he was going to ride "Joe-mentum" to success before the New Hampshire primary? Well, the "Joe-mentum" turned out to be "no-mentum" and Lieberman dropped out of the campaign shortly... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Crooked Scream

    March 11, 2004 08:55 PM

    Early Thursday afternoon The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz, referring to John Kerry's off the cuff remarks to a group of workers in Chicago, posed the question, "Is John Kerry's muttered aside the new Dean Scream?" Answering his... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    Lefthanded Fox?

    March 10, 2004 01:05 PM

    Campaign Desk stumbled across this passage while reading a Fox News Channel web update on Bush's recent decision to answer all questions posed to him by the Sept. 11th panel: "The panel has not blamed anyone beyond midlevel officials... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    Crabgrass Outbreak

    March 10, 2004 10:07 AM

    Campaign Desk does its best to get inside the news cycle and root out the weeds, but sometimes it takes more than one dose of Weed-B-Gone. Such is the case with the reporting on Sen. John Kerry's response to... Continue reading

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