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  1. Blog Report

    Down with the Post

    November 22, 2004 03:12 PM

    From liberals to conservatives, no one is happy with the Washington Post: On Saturday, Maxspeak took on the Washington Post's Dan Morgan for his assertion that domestic spending started "growing sharply in the final two years of the... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    Setting Back the Clock

    November 18, 2004 02:43 PM

    Today USA Today's Mark Memmott reports that the National Election Pool, the network consortium which, along with the Associated Press, oversees Election Day polling, will change its policy for releasing exit poll data in future elections. According to Sheldon... Continue reading

  3. Magazine Report

    The “Moral Values” Chronicles

    November 16, 2004 12:22 PM

    This week on the "moral values" beat, Newsweek has Debra Rosenberg and Rebecca Sinderbrand writing about the religious right's bid to become something more than a GOTV (get out the vote) wing of the Republican party. To... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    Chasing Conspiracy Theorists

    November 11, 2004 05:38 PM

    Late in the morning of November 3, to the chagrin of many of his supporters, John Kerry resisted the pressure to fight until each and every vote had been counted and recounted, and conceded the race to President Bush. Since... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    Still Ambivalent After All These Years

    November 10, 2004 04:30 PM

    Part one of a series evaluating the media's performance during the 2004 campaign. In a perfect world, the press would facilitate the spread of fact and block the proliferation of falsehoods. Alas, the American political system is... Continue reading

  6. Politics

    Taking Voice One Step Too Far

    November 8, 2004 06:17 PM

    Campaign Desk has frequently urged reporters to assume what has been called "reportorial authority" by comparing partisan he said/she said debates to known facts. But today the Associated Press' Jennifer Loven takes it one step too far, by asserting her... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    Let the News Be the News

    November 5, 2004 04:46 PM

    Given all the proposals floated by each candidate during the campaign, no matter who had won the presidency, it was only a matter of time before the press turned its attention to the winner's inability to pay for all his... Continue reading

  8. Politics

    Why Pay for the Poll if You Don’t Understand It?

    November 1, 2004 06:59 PM

    Today the Gallup poll released its final head-to-head horserace numbers. The results, which predictably ran on the front page of USA Today, one of Gallup's media sponsors, showed the candidates tied at 49 percent to 49 percent. In this... Continue reading

  9. Politics

    Some Voters Are More Equal Than Others

    October 29, 2004 09:29 AM

    Because I turned 18 in 1999, I had a chance to vote for the first time in the 2000 general election. A life-long Illinois resident, I registered in Wisconsin, where I was attending school. On Election Day 2000 I stood... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    Daring Reporter Does

    October 25, 2004 05:25 PM

    It's eight days from Election Day and the Associated Press' Nedra Pickler has the scoop of a lifetime. "During most of the first two games of the World Series," she writes, "the Massachusetts senator has been on a plane... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Objects in Rear View Mirror May Appear Larger Than They Are

    October 25, 2004 09:00 AM

    Countless news cycles ago, back in May, Campaign Desk chronicled a narrative then emerging in the campaign press warning that this election may not turn out to be a replay of 2000. The Hotline's Chuck Todd kicked... Continue reading

  12. The Water Cooler

    Lee Horwich on Gallup, Inside-the-Beltway Buzz and Pay Raises

    October 22, 2004 03:15 PM

    Lee Horwich Lee Horwich was named political editor of USA Today in August 2003. He joined USA Today as national editor in 2000. Prior to that he... Continue reading

  13. Blog Report

    Hysteria Creeps into Campaign Blogs

    October 21, 2004 11:15 AM

    Eleven days out from election day and the candidate's blogs are fiercer than ever. Over at John Kerry's official blog, Dick Bell is doing his best to generate charges that Condi Rice is shirking her duties as National Security... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    The Press Wrestles with the Politics of Flu

    October 20, 2004 05:59 PM

    By Thomas Lang The politics of flu became an issue earlier this month when British regulators shut down a Chiron Corporation vaccine plant that was set to provide almost 50 percent of the United State's influenza vaccine. Seizing on... Continue reading

  15. Blog Report

    Exactly Which “L” Word Are We Talking About?

    October 18, 2004 11:58 AM

    It's Blame It on the Media Day in the blogosphere, with both Republicans and Democrats taking cracks at the press. Stanley Kurtz, blogging on The Corner, thinks that the New York Times' Adam Nagourney is missing the mark... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    CNN Gets a Big One Right

    October 14, 2004 04:01 PM

    Last night, President Bush pulled out an oft-cited statistic to laud his administration's success in pursuing al Qaeda. As he did in the first Presidential debate, Bush asserted that "three-quarters of al Qaeda leaders have been brought to justice."... Continue reading

  17. Magazine Report

    Pollsters, Polls, and the Flip-Flop Saga

    October 12, 2004 03:00 PM

    The New Yorker this week runs 200 pages deep with Campaign Desk fodder, from Columbia Journalism School's own Nicholas Lemann on George Bush to Nancy Franklin on the WB's "Jack and Bobby." However, Larissa MacFarquhar's expose on pollster... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Policy? Nah, Let’s Talk About Real Estate

    October 11, 2004 03:20 PM

    Dan Okrent, the New York Times' public editor, surely saw his mailbox flooded yesterday by Campaign Desk imitators after publicizing his intent to run "measured and reasonable" email critiques from readers of the Times' campaign coverage in his next... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    Imagining A Spin-free Story

    October 8, 2004 03:14 PM

    Late Tuesday night, returning to post-VP debate coverage after a commercial break, Peter Jennings reminded his viewers, "[ABC does not] indulge in spinmeisters coming around and telling us exactly who won." He continued, in a somewhat mocking tone, that it... Continue reading

  20. Behind the News

    Trapped by Deadline, Hammered by Spinners

    October 5, 2004 05:58 PM

    Spin Alley at the first presidential debate Editor's note: For two days this week, Thomas Lang joined Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's traveling press corps at the... Continue reading

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