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  1. Politics

    The Floodgates Open

    February 9, 2004 02:55 PM

    On "Meet the Press" yesterday, Tim Russert brought the dispute over records of President Bush's military service front and center by asking Bush to produce some. In the interview Russert asked Bush "[W]ould you allow pay stubs, tax records,... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Cutting Through the Tax Cut Rhetoric

    February 5, 2004 11:09 AM

    Somebody screwed up on the key campaign issue of tax cuts today. Compare these two passages about Gen. Wesley Clark's attacks on his two main rivals yesterday in Tennessee. First, Paul Schwartzmann and Vanessa Williams for The Washington... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    Not Even an Hors d’ Oeuvre for Adam?

    February 4, 2004 05:24 PM

    Check out this snippy little report filed by the Associated Press's Adam Ashton. First Ashton tells us that the President mingled at a fund-raiser, held in an historic Washington home, meeting and greeting donors. And that's where something a... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    From Blog to Web Site to Print?

    February 4, 2004 02:39 PM

    Yesterday afternoon Campaign Desk chided the National Review Online and other blogs for prematurely releasing early exit polls from yesterdays Democratic primaries and caucuses. It's not rocket science to figure out what's wrong with that policy, but some... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    Fabricated Controversy

    February 3, 2004 04:24 PM

    Accounts of President George W. Bush's service in the National Guard re-entered the news cycle this week after Terry McAuliffe, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, repeated "AWOL" charges the past weekend. Today, The Washington Post took its own... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    Super Bowl, Fox News, Slant Right

    February 2, 2004 12:22 PM

    "Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade spent the weekend in Houston enjoying the Super Bowl. On Sunday, he tracked down General Peter Pace, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who recently returned from Iraq, for an interview.... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    The Story That Wasn’t There

    January 30, 2004 05:59 PM

    The New York Times today ran a fairly bizarre and windy piece of front-page speculation under the label "News Analysis." The only thing wrong with that tag line is the first word. There's no news in David E. Sanger's so-called... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    Let’s Try That Scene Again

    January 30, 2004 02:42 PM

    Thanks to an alert reader, Campaign Desk pulled up the transcripts from National Public Radio's Wednesday morning coverage of the New Hampshire primary. There we found two bloopers. Bob Edwards, the host of Morning Edition, asked Juan Williams, a regular... Continue reading

  9. Politics

    A Fresh Take on South Carolina

    January 29, 2004 01:25 PM

    Today's Atlanta-Constitution Journal, regrettably ignored north of the Mason-Dixon line, offers some useful insight into the upcoming South Carolina primary. Conventional wisdom says that Rep. James Clyburn's endorsement of John Kerry will give the Massachusetts senator a big boost among... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    Silence Echoes, Too

    January 28, 2004 05:34 PM

    Campaign Desk has twice reported on the biased National Election Pool exit polling conducted for the networks by Edison/Mitofsky outside the New Hampshire primary polling centers. We took specific issue with the question, "Regardless of how you voted today,... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Wallace Jumps the Gun

    January 28, 2004 09:46 AM

    Less than ten minutes into Fox News Channel�s coverage of the New Hampshire primary Chris Wallace reported on the controversial Dean exit poll question. According to Fox, 58% responded yes, Howard Dean does indeed �have the termperament to serve... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    Local Turnout

    January 27, 2004 04:48 PM

    If you have been reading any of the New Hampshire primary coverage then you are aware that William M. Gardner, the New Hampshire secretary of state, said Saturday that he expected a record 184,000 people to vote in the... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Never, Ever, Ever?

    January 27, 2004 01:19 PM

    Do you recall that day in school when the teacher warned against absolutes in writing? That is -- be wary of words like "never" or "always," unless you are ready to reject all but one option in a world of... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    Peter Jennings vs. Wesley Clark vs. Michael Moore vs. George W. Bush

    January 26, 2004 06:19 PM

    By Thomas Lang Campaign Desk has received a slew of emails requesting our voice in the Gen. Wes Clark--Michael Moore--George Bush--Peter Jennings catfight. Reluctant as we are to step into this crossfire of murky charges and counter-charges, we're here... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Flip, Flop, Flip

    January 24, 2004 12:20 PM

    The day before the Iowa caucus David Yepsen, the renowned Des Moines Register caucus expert, predicted that organization would be the key to victory. Yepsen, like most pundits, believed Gov. Howard Dean's energetic "Perfect Storm" campaign workers would bring... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Calling the Caucus

    January 23, 2004 03:47 PM

    By Thomas Lang Before next Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, it's worth taking one last look at how the networks handled the results from Iowa this past Monday night. That's because the Iowa Democratic caucus marked the debut of the National... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    What Did Clark Say?

    January 23, 2004 12:14 PM

    On January 8th Gen. Wesley Clark met with the Concord Monitor's editorial board. The following day the paper ran an editorial in the paper with the headline, "Clark's Guarantee," quoting the candidate: "If I'm president of the United States,... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Bring Out the Straitjacket

    January 22, 2004 02:53 PM

    Gov. Howard Dean's enthusiastic speech to his campaign workers after taking third place in the Iowa Caucus is the talk of the nation - or at least of the nation's campaign press. The speech has served as the butt of... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    Faulty Logic on Dean’s decline

    January 20, 2004 03:52 PM

    As the polling numbers rolled in last night, the cable news networks had their hands full explaining to the viewers why Gov. Howard Dean's campaign in Iowa had fizzled. Looking at entrance polling numbers showing Dean trailing Sen. John Kerry... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    Nice Lede, But Where’s the Beef?

    January 19, 2004 03:29 PM

    People picking up their papers across America in Redwood City, California, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lorain, Ohio, and Helena, Montana today will read Ron Fournier's syndicated Associated Press article recapping the last day of Democratic campaigning in Iowa.... Continue reading

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