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  1. Blog Report

    Couric, Graner and the People’s Choice Awards

    January 17, 2005 01:09 PM

    In a post titled, "Can't They Find One Person For The Job Who Doesn't Hate Republicans?" Lorie Byrd at PoliPundit writes, "If CBS is seriously considering Katie Couric for their top anchor job, they are even more clueless about... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    “Shut Up - and Thank You!”

    January 14, 2005 04:21 PM

    We're a little late on this one, but it epitomizes a common problem with cable news coverage of the Social Security issue so we thought we'd share. This past Wednesday morning on "CNN Daybreak," Kelly Wallace conducted an interview with... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    Showing the Big Boys How It’s Done

    January 13, 2005 11:19 AM

    CBS MarketWatch Washington bureau chief Rex Nutting wrote a first-rate article yesterday on President Bush's town hall meeting on Social Security held the day before. Unlike his competitors at larger outlets such as the New York Times... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    Lion Eats Daniel

    January 12, 2005 01:06 PM

    Straying from her regular beat -- always a dangerous practice -- New York Times White House reporter Elisabeth Bumiller this morning tackled a piece on the administration's proposal to overhaul Social Security. It didn't turn out well. Let's start... Continue reading

  5. Magazine Report

    Untrained Soldiers, Diet and DNA - and Happiness

    January 11, 2005 12:25 PM

    Dan Baum, writing in The New Yorker, offers a sobering and somewhat frightening examination of the evolution of the U.S. military -- specifically, the use of the Internet to disseminate guidance to inadequately trained troops. In sum, "shortly before... Continue reading

  6. Behind the News

    The Vampire Rises Again

    January 7, 2005 03:13 PM

    Nearly a year ago CJR Daily helped expose Karen Ryan -- a public relations professional paid by the government to anchor fake news stories promoting the then-new Medicare law and its supposed benefits. The video news releases (VNR) were... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    That “Other” Humanitarian Crisis

    January 6, 2005 05:49 PM

    This past year, the genocide in Sudan had to compete with the heated presidential campaign for the media's attention. And now with that over, the continuing slaughter has become an afterthought to the horrific tsunami crisis in Southeast Asia. Still,... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    But It Shouldn’t Be

    January 4, 2005 03:32 PM

    As Brad DeLong hinted last night, today's Washington Post article about Social Security privatization glosses over a serious issue at stake in the debate -- that the potential benefits of private accounts are tied to potential risks, whereas... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    Leaving Evansville Isn�t Easy - or Is It?

    December 28, 2004 02:32 PM

    Did you spend chunks of your Christmas vacation staring at the airport's departure screen only to see your flight's delay grow by the hour? Or perhaps you made it to your destination on time, but your luggage was 72 hours... Continue reading

  10. The Water Cooler

    Edmund Andrews on Social Security Lobbyists and Smoke and Mirrors

    December 24, 2004 10:44 AM

    Edmund Andrews (CourtesyNew York Times) Edmund L. Andrews writes about economic policy for the New York Times. Based in Washington, D.C., he covers the Federal Reserve, monetary... Continue reading

  11. Blog Report

    Bowled Over

    December 23, 2004 01:43 PM

    The pressure of talk radio often brings words before thought. And the format of talk radio leaves little room for host or guest to reach back to the same audience that was listening hours or even minutes before to inform... Continue reading

  12. Blog Report

    Random Musings

    December 22, 2004 12:07 PM

    For all those still trying to figure why John Kerry lost or how George Bush won, Mystery Pollster Mark Blumenthal has summarized yesterday's release of the National Annenberg Election Survey's (NEAS) look at Hispanic voter preference in 2004.... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Keeping an Eye on the Social Security Shell Game

    December 21, 2004 03:42 PM

    Social Security debate has dominated the news over the past few weeks as the Bush administration has begun its campaign to partially privatize the program. At the center of the Bush administration's campaign is a projection of Social Security's unfunded... Continue reading

  14. Blog Report

    Rumsfeld, Frank Capra, Tucker Carlson and The Rock

    December 20, 2004 01:16 PM

    With only five days to go until Christmas, Pandagon's Ezra Klein has already unwrapped one of his presents -- Maureen Dowd's column in yesterday's New York Times which casts Rumsfeld as Jimmy Stewart in "It' a Wonderful Life."... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Dumbing Down on Darfur

    December 16, 2004 04:07 PM

    Today Reuters reports on the deaths of two British aid workers in Sudan's western Darfur region. To provide context about the conflict for readers, the wire service gives us two paragraphs: After years of conflict over scarce resources, rebels... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Ceremonial Coverage

    December 15, 2004 04:59 PM

    Yesterday, President Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to three officials integral to the war in Iraq. On the surface, this appears to be a story about a president rewarding three public servants for hard work during hard times.... Continue reading

  17. Politics

    Out of Whole Cloth …

    December 13, 2004 01:56 PM

    This morning, Sen. Joseph Lieberman's home state newspaper, the Hartford Courant, speculates about the Democrat's prospects of winning a place at the table in the second Bush administration. David Lightman's offering neatly captures the rumors around Washington --... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Resurrecting the Fact Check

    December 8, 2004 05:16 PM

    By Thomas Lang The first installment of Campaign Desk's six-part report card on Campaign 2004 took a look back at the evolution of fact-check pieces done by the media. In the early days of the Democratic primary such... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    Canadian Bacon

    November 30, 2004 06:29 PM

    Earlier today President Bush traveled to Ottawa to meet with Canada Prime Minister Paul Martin. This afternoon's account from the Associated Press led: President Bush Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin sought on Tuesday to mend fences after four years... Continue reading

  20. The Water Cooler

    Jonathan E. Kaplan on Tom DeLay, Baseball, and Advice to Freshmen

    November 24, 2004 05:04 PM

    Jonathan E. Kaplan Jonathan E. Kaplan is a reporter for The Hill, a newspaper that covers Congress. Kaplan's primary beat is the House Republican leadership and... Continue reading

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