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  1. Politics

    Convince Us

    March 8, 2004 01:47 PM

    The highly secretive vice presidential selection process does not lend itself to the easy horse race lingo that reporters often use to describe the presidential race. So, while James Johnson, who is heading up Kerry's VP search, works behind closed... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    It Isn’t Easy Not Being Green

    March 5, 2004 10:20 AM

    An alert reader tipped us to Fox News Channel misreporting presidential candidate Ralph Nader's party allegiance during the daily airing of the popular "O'Reilly Factor". At 8:12 p.m. the T.V. screen flashed from a trailer of the new Tom Hanks'... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    Silly Season Comes Early

    March 3, 2004 06:07 PM

    Even though Sen. John Edwards did not bow out of the presidential race until an hour ago, the campaign press echo chamber has been reverberating with "Kerry-Edwards" veep talk for days. Inside these articles you'll find a myriad of similar... Continue reading

  4. Behind the News

    What You See is Not What You Get

    March 3, 2004 12:06 PM

    Among the three U.S. newspapers that circulate print editions to over a million weekday readers, the New York Times, with a little over 1.1 million readers, ranks a distant third to USA Today (2.2 million readers) and the Wall Street... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    “Did I Say That?”

    February 23, 2004 04:29 PM

    Thanks to an email from the Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds, we were guided to an instance of the New York Times' Elisabeth Rosenthal red-handedly lifting a quotation from...The Times' Elisabeth Rosenthal. Rosenthal pasted into a story printed... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    Beyond the Announcement

    February 23, 2004 11:19 AM

    The mainstream media moved in lockstep in its coverage of and comment on Ralph Nader's "Meet the Press" announcement of his candidacy for president yesterday. Given Nader's past and the climate of this year's election, the news story practically wrote... Continue reading

  7. Blog Report

    John Edwards, PiƱata

    February 20, 2004 11:15 AM

    Yesterday the blogosphere rolled out a coronation ceremony for Edwards' electability, but today is another day, and everyone brought a baseball bat. Why is John Edwards going to lose? Because Edwards demonstrated he "doesn't get it" when he failed... Continue reading

  8. Blog Report

    Kerry: Most Unpopular Kid on the Playground?

    February 19, 2004 10:51 AM

    No doubt spurred on by commentary posted on Slate and The New Republic, the blogosphere today is in a tizzy over who's more electable: Kerry or Edwards? John Kerry didn't exactly go down on one knee in Wisconsin,... Continue reading

  9. Politics

    Sometimes All It Takes Is a Phone Call

    February 18, 2004 03:26 PM

    No White House has ever come out and bluntly said that an event on the President's schedule was a public relations ploy orchestrated for the incumbent's re-election campaign. No one expects them to, either. But, we do expect the... Continue reading

  10. Blog Report

    “Good God, Doctor - It’s Still Breathing!”

    February 18, 2004 10:50 AM

    The blogosphere, along with print pundits, is busy this morning hauling an alive-and-kicking Sen. John Edwards out of the very grave it had previously dug for him. Caught off-guard by Edwards strong second place finish last night, the digital pundits... Continue reading

  11. Blog Report

    Democrats and Demo Tapes

    February 17, 2004 10:45 AM

    With voting underway in Wisconsin between Kerry and the other guys, the blogosphere has already moved on to the ins-and-outs of the Kerry-Bush contest. Mickey Kaus signs on with the suggestion from this morning's Washington Post that Republicans... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    The Post Gets Closer Every Day

    February 16, 2004 01:29 PM

    We hate to bring this up again. But, yesterday, The Washington Post continued to misreport the number of months early President Bush received a discharge from the Texas Air National Guard. Earlier, they had it at six months. Yesterday... Continue reading

  13. Blog Report

    President’s Day Presidential Musings

    February 16, 2004 10:54 AM

    Even though it's a holiday, the blogosphere is hard at work, and so are we. Mathew Gross, Gov. Howard Dean's former Director of Internet Communications, opines that "The Dean campaign marks the beginning of the end of the broadcast... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    Who Are These Guys, Anyway?

    February 13, 2004 06:37 PM

    Last Tuesday's mid-day press briefing at the White House marked a conspicuous change in the press corps attitude towards White House Press Secretary McClellan. Out of the starting gate, the press corps was uncharacteristically all over McClellan, demanding something... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Hell-lo, AP: Anybody Home?

    February 13, 2004 11:45 AM

    For the sixth day in a row, The Associated Press has written about the duration of President Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard. And for the sixth day in a row, AP has gotten it wrong. Number six... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Slate 1, AP 0, USA Today -1

    February 12, 2004 01:05 PM

    As a campaign press apparently totally unprepared for the task at hand grapples with a story that requires some actual reporting, the saga of "the good, the bad and the ugly" continues. So what's out there in the way of... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    You Wouldn’t Believe What We “Hear”

    February 11, 2004 06:25 PM

    The Associated Press newswire just coughed up an understandably unsigned story, headlined, "GOP Blames Clinton for Iraq Intel Lapse." And here's what the wire service provides as the late-breaking news peg for this story: Rep. Porter J. Goss,... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    72 Minus 64 Equals … 6?

    February 11, 2004 02:20 PM

    Okay, we'll grant the point: It isn't always easy being a reporter these days. President Bush's National Guard record is confusing, and the White House did not make things any easier yesterday when it released fuzzy microfiche images of President... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    UPI Revisited

    February 11, 2004 09:04 AM

    Last week Campaign Desk promised our readers United Press International's explanation as to why they copied the National Review Online's early exit poll results for Arizona into a wire story that ran three hours prior to the polls... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    Time’s Know-Nothings

    February 10, 2004 10:31 AM

    This week's Time magazine includes a piece by Mark Thompson and James Carney billed as "Absence in Alabama: As Bush's military service re-emerges as an issue, here is what we know -- and don't know." Browse through the piece... Continue reading

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