Author Archive

Articles by Thomas Lang | Email the Author


  1. Politics

    Spinning the Little Guys

    March 29, 2005 01:57 PM

    Yesterday the Bush administration dispatched Rep. Dan Burton to sell his constituents on the need to overhaul Social Security, particularly, of course, the virtues of private accounts. Only a few hundred people attended the event in Noblesville, Indiana, but... Continue reading

  2. The Water Cooler

    Kurt Eichenwald on Learning a Lesson from John Grisham

    March 25, 2005 04:52 PM

    Kurt Eichenwald (Courtesy Broadway Books) Kurt Eichenwald is the author of Conspiracy of Fools, a detailed chronicle of the Enron scandal. Eichenwald is a 17-year... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    Four Reporters, Four Different Stories

    March 24, 2005 02:08 PM

    Yesterday the Social Security Trustees released an update on the finances of Social Security and Medicare. As we noted yesterday, the coverage that immediately followed picked up on the relatively meaningless detail that two doomsday dates --... Continue reading

  4. Blog Report

    Rising Up Against … Google?

    March 24, 2005 11:33 AM

    In the wake of the recent horrific school shooting in Minnesota, the blogosphere has launched a crusade against neo-Nazism. Following a call to arms by Jeff Jarvis, The Confederate Yankee informed his readers that he had clicked on... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    “Yikes! Train Moving One MPH Faster!”

    March 23, 2005 02:00 PM

    The annual report of the Social Security Trustees hit the Web today, and just like that, it accomplished what no earthly force had previously done: however momentarily, it drove Terri Schivao and Michael Jackson out of the spotlight. <br... Continue reading

  6. Blog Report

    CJR Daily Discovers Long-lost Twin

    March 23, 2005 01:13 PM

    The Slacktivist starts us off today with a post so very CJR Daily that we had to check the URL to make sure that our design hadn't changed overnight. We'll excerpt it here but you should go and read... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    Reading Between the Lines

    March 21, 2005 01:50 PM

    Yesterday the Arizona Republic ran an editorial titled "Solving Solvency," taking the position that "[r]eforming Social Security is a vital goal, not a GOP plot." Without going into the nitty gritty details of the argument right now, let's note... Continue reading

  8. Blog Report

    Plots to the Right of Us, Plots to the Left of Us!

    March 21, 2005 01:21 PM

    While most people spent the weekend biting their nails over their NCAA brackets, Patterico's Pontification pondered the Associated Press' announcement last week that it will begin to offer its clients two different ledes. The normal lede... Continue reading

  9. The Audit

    From Quote to Lede

    March 16, 2005 04:07 PM

    Today the Winston-Salem Journal reports that "A larger-than-expected demand for an 'early-out' package by reservation employees could cut US Airways Group Inc.'s work force in Winston-Salem nearly in half by this fall." If you follow the airline industry, that's... Continue reading

  10. Magazine Report

    Social Security Wars, Worthless Dollars and Limbless Vets of Iraq

    March 15, 2005 12:00 PM

    The New Republic's Jonathan Chait effectively spells out what news outlets with a larger audience have so far only hinted at, if that, about the Social Security debate in Washington, "The consensus among the capital's chattering classes holds... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    A Big Fat Slow One Down the Middle

    March 10, 2005 12:49 PM

    At some point over the last couple of weeks we briefly thought that perhaps our task of hounding the press for dropping the ball on the basic facts concerning Social Security was winding down. Silly us. We spent <a... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    Dumb and Dumber, Part II

    March 9, 2005 12:12 PM

    On Monday we reported Sen. Chuck Hagel's astounding misunderstanding of his own plan to overhaul Social Security. The senator spent the day gallivanting around telling people that he was calling for private investment accounts of up to 4 percent... Continue reading

  13. The Audit

    When All Else Fails, Predict a Trend

    March 8, 2005 05:10 PM

    Monday morning brought news of Boeing Co.'s hasty decision to boot Chief Executive Officer Harry Stonecipher for a breach of its code of conduct -- namely, conducting a romantic relationship with a junior executive. Boeing Chairman Lew Platt confronted Stonecipher,... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    Hagel-ing Over the Details

    March 7, 2005 03:22 PM

    The big news today on Capitol Hill is Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel's plan to introduce the first Social Security bill of the current Congressional season. As The Note observes, the New York Times mentioned the senator's plan, but... Continue reading

  15. The Water Cooler

    Laurie Garrett on Newsday, Blue-Collar Journalists, and the Media’s Effect on the American Psyche

    March 4, 2005 03:33 PM

    Laurie Garrett After over 15 years of distinguished reporting at Newsday, Laurie Garrett recently resigned and sent an impassioned email to her colleagues explaining her decision.... Continue reading

  16. Blog Report

    Judy Woodruff, Guns, Ann Coulter and Hairy Fish Nut

    March 3, 2005 12:25 PM

    Skippy the Bush Kangaroo has some harsh words for CNN's relatively new segment "Inside the Blogs" that runs during Judy Woodruff's "Inside Politics." For those who have been fortunate enough to miss it, Skippy has a quick summary: "During... Continue reading

  17. Blog Report

    Photo Blogs and Skinemax

    March 2, 2005 01:34 PM

    Greyhawk at the Mudville Gazette opens his pages to a small photo exhibit proudly displaying the "circles and chains" of democracy. There's something happening here as the show begins with a photo of smiling Ukranians celebrating the orange... Continue reading

  18. Blog Report

    Gannon, Hacker, Barone and Blonde Sagacity

    February 28, 2005 01:07 PM

    It's Monday again and "The Gates" in New York's Central Park are coming down, but Gannongate is still around. In this edition, RAB at "Why are we back in Iraq?" nails Jeff Gannon for lifting a story from Bob... Continue reading

  19. The Audit

    Air Taxi or Air Limo?

    February 25, 2005 03:09 PM

    JetBlue offers its airline passengers up to 36 channels of satellite TV at every one of its leather seats on aircraft that came off the production line no more than six years ago. Delta's Song airlines also sports leather... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    Counting the Dead and Dying

    February 24, 2005 05:31 PM

    Last week, out of obvious frustration, David Rubenstein, coordinator of the Save Darfur Coalition, wrote a letter to Romenesko, a Web bulletin board more often filled with the gripes of journalists about each other. Rubenstein lamented that... Continue reading

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9
  10. 10
  11. 11
  12. 12
  13. 13
  14. 14
  15. 15

Receive a FREE Issue

of Columbia Journalism Review
  • If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $19.95 (6 issues in all).
  • If not, simply write cancel on the bill and return it. You will owe nothing.
Join The CJR E-mail List

Editors' Picks