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  1. Behind the News

    Starving the News Cycle

    October 3, 2004 05:33 PM

    Editor's note: For two days this week, Thomas Lang joined Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's traveling press corps as he made post-debate appearances in Florida and Washington, D.C. Late Friday night, word spread at the bar of the Walt Disney... Continue reading

  2. Politics

    USA Today Plays It Straight

    September 29, 2004 01:28 PM

    Yesterday, Campaign Desk documented CNN's lame response to MoveOn's full-page ad in the New York Times criticizing Gallup's polling methods. In the ad, MoveOn also attacked CNN and USA Today, which contract with Gallup to do their polling, for... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    “You First, I’ll Wait Here”

    September 23, 2004 05:48 PM

    Back in August, Campaign Desk awoke one morning to find a press corps aggressively dissecting and discrediting charges from the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that had been filling the pages and airwaves of our news all month. What... Continue reading

  4. Politics

    WSJ’s Harwood Measures the Yardsticks

    September 20, 2004 03:16 PM

    Over the summer Campaign Desk came across Vaughn Palmer, a columnist for the Vancouver Sun, who reacted in the most curious way when two contradicting polls were released measuring local government elections in British Columbia. Palmer not only reported... Continue reading

  5. The Water Cooler

    Glenn Kessler on Fact-Checking Candidates, Getting Off the Bus, and Reporters Who Are Ahead of the Curve

    September 17, 2004 06:18 PM

    Glenn Kessler Glenn Kessler is a diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Post, and often contributes to the Post's political coverage. In 1998, he joined the Post as... Continue reading

  6. Blog Report

    Candidate Blogs: No Heavy Lifting Required

    September 16, 2004 11:28 AM

    It's been a while since we took a look at the Establishment blogs and with less than seven weeks left until Election Day it's time for a glance at the propaganda machines. The Kerry campaign brings out a big-time player... Continue reading

  7. Blog Report

    Who Got the Scoop - And Was It Even a Scoop?

    September 15, 2004 01:29 PM

    The blogscussion over the CBS Killian documents has moved from the initial story -- Are the documents forgeries? -- to the meta story -- Did the blogosphere or "pajama brigade," as some are now referring to it, break the story?... Continue reading

  8. Blog Report

    Bloggers at War

    September 13, 2004 01:13 PM

    Last week's CBS report on the disputed Jerry Killian memos and the blogosphere's role in first questioning their validity is the subject of much back-and-forth in the 'sphere this morning. (As an aside, the mainstream press moved in to give... Continue reading

  9. Behind the News

    Earning Their Wings

    September 9, 2004 03:48 PM

    By Thomas Lang Sometimes if you sit on the beach and focus your gaze on the middle distance, you can detect the swell of a wave about to crest. Yesterday, one came along that even a child could have... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    Who … Us?

    September 8, 2004 03:37 PM

    Why did John Kerry spend much of the month of August on the defensive, attempting to refine his murky position on the war in Iraq but also diverting his efforts into a defense against attacks on his Vietnam service? This... Continue reading

  11. Politics

    Altogether Now: -16 + 7 = -9

    September 7, 2004 05:32 PM

    A month has hardly passed without the press falling victim to the Kerry campaign's repeated attempts to distort the number of jobs lost since President Bush entered office, and September is no exception. (The irony, as we will explain, is... Continue reading

  12. Politics

    The Three Kings Find Gold

    September 3, 2004 05:07 PM

    After a dismal performance by the major news organizations in fact-checking the Wednesday night assertions and accusations of Vice President Cheney and Sen. Zell Miller, Campaign Desk woke up this morning to a new world: the Associated Press, the New... Continue reading

  13. Politics

    Local Papers Pummeled

    September 2, 2004 06:01 PM

    Earlier today Campaign Desk reported on the failure of some big-time national reporters to address the various factual errors delivered by Vice President Cheney and Sen. Zell Miller last night at the Republican National Convention. While these papers have... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    The Post Roots Out One Speaker’s Distortions

    September 1, 2004 05:44 PM

    Today The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler takes a hard look at Rudy Giuliani's criticism of John Kerry delivered during his speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday night. While the piece, printed under the section head "For the... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Mix Two Parts Talking Point with One Part Extra Sugar, Stir, Bake and Serve

    August 31, 2004 06:51 PM

    Conventions provide an opportune time for savvy political operatives to dust off, wax, and buff an old talking point until it shines like new, in hopes that journalists will let the carefully parsed assertion slide into the public mind unfiltered.... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Swift Boats 101

    August 30, 2004 04:31 PM

    The Republican National Convention seems to have provided some surcease from the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth controversy, after two weeks of the slinging of increasingly stale mud balls. But the SBVFT stories aren't gone forever -- trust us on... Continue reading

  17. Magazine Report

    Oh, Man, More Hard Work?

    August 24, 2004 01:43 PM

    This morning's New York Times bashes the cable news networks for breathing renewed life into the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth controversy. But if CNN and/or Fox deserves the gold, then the newsweeklies finished in a close second with... Continue reading

  18. Politics

    Truth and Consequences

    August 20, 2004 05:16 PM

    While they may not be getting the details right about the connection between the Bush administration and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the campaign press finally is doing something we've been hoping for for months: Sorting out... Continue reading

  19. Politics

    Margin of Ignorance, Part Deux

    August 19, 2004 01:46 PM

    This is your lucky day, dear readers -- two items from Cincinnati! In the wake of a Kerry campaign stop yesterday the Cincinnati Enquirer dutifully reported on the latest Ohio poll numbers today. As the paper correctly asserts... Continue reading

  20. The Water Cooler

    Ramesh Ponnuru on Slanted Media Coverage and Facing Off Against Peter Jennings

    August 13, 2004 06:55 PM

    Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor at National Review, a conservative opinion magazine. He has covered national politics since 1995 and his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times,... Continue reading

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