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  1. Politics


    August 13, 2004 05:20 PM

    This was the week in which we saw the press repeatedly and carelessly reprinting misleading or false claims, such as President Bush's charge that John Kerry's income tax proposals would fall on the middle-class, or the "Swift Boat Veterans for... Continue reading

  2. Blog Report

    Weapons of Mass Distraction

    August 12, 2004 12:09 PM

    Max at Maxspeak is fed up with all the talk of Kerry's and Bush's military records. "The comparison is simple: Kerry went into combat, Bush didn't. All the rest is a massive distraction from what the election ought to... Continue reading

  3. Politics

    AP: Do Not Ingest Without a Grain of Salt

    August 11, 2004 04:29 PM

    Yet another book came out yesterday critical of John Kerry's Vietnam service and calling into question the circumstances surrounding the Massachusetts senator's three Purple Hearts, on the basis that "none was for serious injuries and two wounds were self-inflicted," <a... Continue reading

  4. Blog Report

    Ganging Up on the New York Times

    August 11, 2004 12:35 PM

    The New York Times slogan "All The News That's Fit to Print" takes a beating from the blogosphere this morning, which seems to have replaced that claim with its own slogan for The Times: "The Only News That's Fit to... Continue reading

  5. Politics

    Where Were You on Christmas, 1968?

    August 10, 2004 04:31 PM

    Campaign Desk can't pass up a good John Kerry Vietnam story, so we eagerly clicked on a report today about the brewing controversy over Kerry's previous statements that he spent Christmas 1968 in Cambodia. The recent debate was... Continue reading

  6. Blog Report

    Media Critics Multiply

    August 9, 2004 01:57 PM

    The scribes of the blogosphere came down with the Campaign Desk bug over the weekend and weighed in with their own criticism of campaign coverage (or the lack thereof). First off, Atrios, pegging his commentary to the large turnouts at... Continue reading

  7. Politics

    Taxes: Sheltered From the Truth

    August 6, 2004 01:29 PM

    Yesterday Campaign Desk tipped our hat to the Wall Street Journal's David Wessel for his detailed dissection (subscription required) of a misleading statement in President Bush's stump speech. Then today in the concluding paragraphs of the Cleveland Plain... Continue reading

  8. Behind the News

    Margin of Ignorance

    August 4, 2004 03:28 PM

    Early on the morning of July 12, CNN anchor Heidi Collins turned to CNN Political Analyst Carlos Watson for an explanation of the latest numbers spilling over from the boiling pot of Bush v. Kerry tracking polls. Displayed on screen... Continue reading

  9. Magazine Report

    Messengers of the Message

    August 3, 2004 02:06 PM

    There are things that are important, and then there are things that are on the covers of Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report. Time, in its best attempt at imitating an Abercrombie and Fitch ad, marks its Olympic... Continue reading

  10. Politics

    Follow the Bouncing Bounce

    August 2, 2004 06:31 PM

    The only thing the political press loves more than a scandal is a poll. And Newsweek this past weekend did no one any favors by releasing a poll immediately after the convention that many have interpreted as a measure of... Continue reading

  11. Behind the News

    The Air War

    July 29, 2004 06:34 PM

    Hannity v. Garofalo. (Thomas Lang) BOSTON -- A crowd of reporters, fans, and enemies gather around the table. A loose chain of Boston cops form a... Continue reading

  12. Behind the News

    The Big (Press) Tent

    July 28, 2004 02:56 PM

    BOSTON -- Hollywood stars often demand riders in their contracts guaranteeing themselves everything from posh trailers on film sets to special meals. Though one might think the press pavilion at the Democratic National Convention might be just as glitzy and... Continue reading

  13. Behind the News

    Capturing the Kennedys

    July 26, 2004 05:39 PM

    Chasing down two young Kennedys. (Thomas Lang) BOSTON -- For the press, it was a photo op made in heaven: The entire Kennedy clan in the same... Continue reading

  14. Politics

    The Man Behind the Makeup

    July 23, 2004 03:01 PM

    While some news outlets have taken the last few days before the convention to give a long, searching look at pressing subjects such as Sen. Kerry's birthplace and the candidate's "soft side", the San Diego Union-Tribune has spent... Continue reading

  15. Politics

    Rich Men, Poor Coverage

    July 21, 2004 05:22 PM

    David E. Sanger's writeup of President Bush's visit to Cedar Rapids, Iowa caught our eye today for doing something campaign scribes too often fail to do: Seeing past the candidate's image and the campaign talking points. Sanger sets up... Continue reading

  16. Politics

    Checking Out on Challenging Cheney

    July 20, 2004 03:01 PM

    Yesterday, Vice President Cheney campaigned at Boone County Lumber Co. and Boone County Millwork in Columbia, Missouri, in the heart of what's considered a swing state. According to the Kansas City Star, the mill is owned by... Continue reading

  17. The Water Cooler

    Dennis Roddy on the Veep Announcement, Why Pittsburgh is Really a Midwestern City, and Free Beer

    July 9, 2004 04:23 PM

    Dennis B. Roddy Dennis B. Roddy is a syndicated columnist and reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He has covered news and politics in Pittsburgh for the last... Continue reading

  18. Blog Report

    Cheney Invades Blogosphere

    July 8, 2004 01:01 PM

    As we reported earlier today, the Jaws of campaign coverage -- speculation about candidates' choice of running mates -- is back, just two days after you thought it had been banished to the bottom of the sea for four... Continue reading

  19. Blog Report

    Edwards Scores High on Mom-O-Meter

    July 7, 2004 12:10 PM

    A four-day weekend, followed by VP announcement = blog-o-sphere heaven. So let's get right to it: Kerry's selection of Edwards as his veep pick had Matthew Yglesias "thinking for a while that I wished Edwards had gotten... Continue reading

  20. Politics

    Which AP Will Your Paper Print?

    July 6, 2004 06:16 PM

    Sen. John Edwards' victory in the veepstakes came at an inopportune moment in the news cycle and most outlets, aside from a few such as the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,... Continue reading

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