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The oversimplified coverage of 'tough-talking' Rahm Emanuel

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Rahm Emanuel's candidate may have won the presidency, but that didn't dull Emanuel's serrated edge.


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Kathleen Parker and Eliot Spitzer, CNN's duo of civil dispute

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

NEW YORK They are, somewhat self-consciously, an odd couple, the Northern pol and the Southern belle, the prosecutor and the journalist, the man trying to recover from disgrace and the woman graciously forgiving his sins.


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Paul Krugman, incensed and insistent about our economic ills

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

NEW YORK For more than a year, the bearded man consuming a shrimp salad at an Upper West Side cafe has been a prophet of doom, warning that the economy could slide into a "third depression" unless our leaders come to their senses and follow his advice.


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A new book reveals depths of columnist Jack Anderson's anti-Nixon tactics

Tue, 14 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

There was a time in Washington when Jack Anderson was a hero, the columnist who kept unearthing Richard Nixon's dark secrets, a Pulitzer winner who revealed the administration's secret tilt toward Pakistan in its war against India.
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Media Notes: A new poll shows 'old media' holding their own in an Internet world

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

With news and gossip leaping off every laptop screen, smartphone and Facebook page, the common wisdom these days is that traditional news outlets are doomed.


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How readers consume their news online is changing journalism, but it's not just about the clicks

Tue, 07 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

I can no longer file a story in our computer system without filling out a box, a small gray square that may well determine the future of serious journalism.



Obama's mission: Pivoting from the war

Wed, 01 Sep 2010 09:09:00 EDT

The president's first problem was that the timing was off.



Bombastic Beck busts out

Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:39:00 EDT

When I interviewed Glenn Beck two years ago, I told him that I found his remarks about the first Muslim member of Congress "horribly offensive."
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Time magazine comes out on top

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 09:50:00 EDT

Rick Stengel may have his shoulder in a sling, but when it comes to the newsmagazine wars, he's the last man standing.



Thinner Time magazine still manages to stand out

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Rick Stengel may have his shoulder in a sling, but when it comes to the newsmagazine wars, he's the last man standing.


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The journalist who revealed Ken Mehlman's secret

Fri, 27 Aug 2010 10:09:00 EDT

Marc Ambinder, the political junkie who writes for the Atlantic, says he suspected, like lots of insiders, that Ken Mehlman was gay.



Media on ice: Those unpredictable primaries

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 07:33:01 EDT

The press is gobsmacked to find Lisa Murkowski trailing some guy named Joe in the battle to hang onto her Senate seat.
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The ignorance factor: Obama, religion and the media

Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:33:00 EDT

The chilling chunk of people who believe Barack Obama is a Muslim has caused some serious soul-searching in the news business.



Ex-Files: Clinton's comeback

Tue, 24 Aug 2010 07:34:00 EDT

Bill Clinton, we are told, is the most popular Democrat out on the campaign trail.



Mindless march of the media herd

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 09:12:00 EDT

When the New York Times published a story last December about plans for a Muslim prayer space near the World Trade Center site, there was little reaction.



Press and punditry stampede tramples good judgment, and often the facts, too

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

When the New York Times published a story last December about plans for a Muslim prayer space near the World Trade Center site, there was little reaction.
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Iraq, the final chapter

Fri, 20 Aug 2010 09:00:00 EDT

Here are five reasons why the withdrawal of the last American combat troops from Iraq is a bigger deal than the media coverage would suggest:



The Obama conundrum

Thu, 19 Aug 2010 11:44:00 EDT

For more than a year and a half, pundits, pontificators and soothsayers have been trying to figure out why Barack Obama hasn't been a more effective president.



The cash question: Murdoch, Fox and the GOP

Wed, 18 Aug 2010 10:23:00 EDT

Rupert Murdoch, who has never been shy about making his political views known, has voted with his sizable checkbook.



Making of a mosque mess

Tue, 17 Aug 2010 11:13:01 EDT

On Dec. 8, 2009, the New York Times published a story about a planned development in lower Manhattan:
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TBD: A hyperlocal work in progress

Mon, 16 Aug 2010 09:58:00 EDT

One of the most intriguing features of the new, buzz-generating local Web site TBD is an invitation to readers to add some journalistic input. At the bottom of a piece on D.C. mayoral candidate Vincent Gray is the header "Complete This Story:"



Initial impression of D.C. local news Web site TBD; N.Y. Times skips Obama lunch

Mon, 16 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

One of the most intriguing features of the new, buzz-generating local Web site TBD is an invitation to readers to add some journalistic input. At the bottom of a piece on D.C. mayoral candidate Vincent Gray is the header "Complete This Story":


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Unfriendly fire: The angry media

Mon, 02 Aug 2010 09:34:00 EDT

The nastiness index keeps on rising, and all of us are getting sullied in the process.



In journalism's crossfire culture, everyone gets wounded

Mon, 02 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The nastiness index keeps on rising, and all of us are getting sullied in the process.
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A good 'View' for Obama

Fri, 30 Jul 2010 13:23:02 EDT

Anyone who scoffed at the president's decision to hang with Whoopi and the gang was out to lunch.



Chasing Chelsea: Our wedding bell blues

Thu, 29 Jul 2010 09:02:00 EDT

We weren't able to find out whether Saddam had WMD, we missed the signs of a Wall Street meltdown and we don't really have a clue how much health reform will cost.



Air leaks from the WikiLeaks balloon

Wed, 28 Jul 2010 10:11:00 EDT

Boy, that was quick. One day, the WikiLeaks uproar was sparking a once-in-a-generation debate about the disclosure of classified information, the audacious role of a stateless organization beyond the reach of sovereign nations, and the old media's complicity in packaging the 91,000 pages of Afghanistan war documents.



WikiLeaks, the MSM and national security

Tue, 27 Jul 2010 10:03:00 EDT

Question of the day: Should the New York Times , the Guardian and Der Spiegel have done it?
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Mel Gibson hits the Radar screen

Mon, 26 Jul 2010 15:56:00 EDT

At 6:32 Friday morning, Radar Online reported that Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend had told authorities that the actor had made a death threat involving a high-profile Jewish figure in Hollywood.



Dish upon a star: Mel Gibson plays a pivotal role as Radar, TMZ wage heated gossip war

Mon, 26 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

At 6:32 Friday morning, Radar Online reported that Mel Gibson's ex-girlfriend had told authorities that the actor had made a death threat involving a high-profile Jewish figure in Hollywood.


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Tucker vs. Ezra over leaked liberal e-mails

Fri, 23 Jul 2010 09:24:00 EDT

To conservatives, it is a pulling back of the curtain to expose the media's mendacity.



Getting the message on Journolist's controversial postings

Fri, 23 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

To conservatives, it is a pulling back of the curtain to expose the media's mendacity.
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Finger-pointing at Fox in Shirley Sherrod firing

Thu, 22 Jul 2010 08:31:00 EDT

The White House spokesman and the agriculture secretary weren't the only ones offering regrets Wednesday to the USDA official abruptly fired over a videotape excerpt that turned out to be totally misleading. Bill O'Reilly apologized to Shirley Sherrod as well.



GOP candidates stiff mainstream press

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 09:27:00 EDT

Some of the most conservative and combative Republicans running for Congress are convinced that the media have it in for them.



Up-and-coming conservative candidates shy away from media analysis

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Some of the most conservative and combative Republicans running for Congress are convinced that the media have it in for them.


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Obama's hollow victories

Fri, 16 Jul 2010 09:12:00 EDT

I've been scratching my head over this for the past year: Does President Obama get credit for the things he does right?
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The gridlock option

Thu, 15 Jul 2010 10:35:00 EDT

The essential zinger that President Obama is using against the Republicans is that they ran the car into the ditch and voters shouldn't give them the keys back.



Midterm madness: Spokesman confirms obvious

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 14:35:01 EDT

The Democrats are in trouble this year. You know it, I know it, your Uncle Al knows it, your local bartender knows it. This is not the kind of state secret you need to hire a Russian spy to uncover.



Should journalists 'fess up?

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 13:58:00 EDT

It is a clash of ideas about the nature of journalism itself.



Hemmer plays center, show leans right

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 11:09:00 EDT

NEW YORK -- Bill Hemmer, a middle-of-the-road guy from the middle of the country, sees himself as the straightest of straight arrows when it comes to news.
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Fox News's Bill Hemmer melds middle-of-the-road persona with conservative guest list

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

NEW YORK Bill Hemmer, a middle-of-the-road guy from the middle of the country, sees himself as the straightest of straight arrows when it comes to news.


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Controversial exits of McChrystal and Weigel show downside of transparency

Mon, 05 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Everything is supposed to be "transparent" these days, but is every word you utter -- or e-mail, or text, or tweet, or mutter within earshot of a reporter -- now fair game?


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Lindsey Graham spits out tea party

Fri, 02 Jul 2010 09:35:00 EDT

The tea party has no shortage of critics, especially among left-leaning folks who regard it with a mixture of anxiety and suspicion.



Timing is everything: Larry King abdicates

Thu, 01 Jul 2010 09:24:00 EDT

Woody Allen said 90 percent of life is just showing up. The other 10 percent might be knowing when to leave.
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Sedate showdown: Elena Who?

Wed, 30 Jun 2010 09:02:00 EDT

A tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico was bigger news. David Petraeus's quickie confirmation was bigger news. Larry King giving up his talk show was bigger news.



Kagan's Keystone Kops

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 09:25:00 EDT

After three hours, I was afraid that Elena Kagan might pull a Petraeus and faint at the witness table, overcome by all that senatorial hot air.



Diane Sawyer, anchor with an edge

Mon, 28 Jun 2010 09:20:00 EDT

NEW YORK -- It is not yet 9 a.m. and Diane Sawyer is shaking her head in amazement.



After six months as anchor, Diane Sawyer is bringing a sharper edge to ABC's 'World News'

Mon, 28 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

NEW YORK It is not yet 9 a.m. and Diane Sawyer is shaking her head in amazement.
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Al Gore and the Enquirer's non-checkbook journalism

Fri, 25 Jun 2010 08:49:00 EDT

The executive editor of the National Enquirer says the Oregon masseuse who made a sexual allegation against Al Gore asked the tabloid for $1 million but that the Enquirer did not pay her or anyone else in reporting the story.



Runaway general: Rolling Stone's political tune

Thu, 24 Jun 2010 11:16:00 EDT

In the summer of 2008, Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner ended an interview with Barack Obama -- whose campaign he financially supported -- by saying, "Good luck. We are following you daily with great hope and admiration."



Rolling Stone's Afghan grenade

Wed, 23 Jun 2010 09:43:00 EDT

I spoke briefly to Rolling Stone's Michael Hastings on Tuesday morning, hours after his story about Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal broke, and he assured me from Kandahar that he had tried his best to be accurate -- and had much of what the general said on tape and in detailed notes.



Reality check: Feds vs. business

Tue, 22 Jun 2010 09:35:00 EDT

It's time to move beyond Joe Barton's political face-plant.
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The age of journalistic outsourcing

Mon, 21 Jun 2010 11:08:00 EDT

In a seventh-floor conference room festooned with framed articles and journalism awards, Managing Editor Gordon Witkin leads the morning discussion of stories his staff is pursuing.



Increasingly, nonprofits fill a need for investigative reporting

Mon, 21 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

In a seventh-floor conference room festooned with framed articles and journalism awards, Managing Editor Gordon Witkin leads the morning discussion of stories his staff is pursuing.


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Have media 'misconstructed' BP story?

Fri, 18 Jun 2010 10:19:00 EDT

Tony Hayward is not exactly a sympathetic witness, but after watching so many mad-as-hell congressmen practically waterboard him, I wondered whether the House hearing had degenerated into a made-for-television spectacle.



Obama faces gusher of criticism

Thu, 17 Jun 2010 10:10:00 EDT

President Obama has finally united the country. Everyone hated the speech. Now when I say "everyone," I am talking about the people who pop off about public affairs for a living. It is entirely possible that many Americans thought the Oval Office address on Tuesday evening was a perfectly fine ap...
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Obama's war footing

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 09:01:00 EDT

What was striking at first was the familiar, flag-bedecked Oval Office backdrop, the scene of past presidential addresses on Vietnam, on 9/11, on Iraq.



Don't use my name: The anonymity game

Tue, 15 Jun 2010 12:15:00 EDT

You've heard the pledges before: We're going to swear off the stuff, really we are. Or at least -- hic! -- reduce our consumption.



Helen Thomas, the rabbi and the press

Mon, 14 Jun 2010 09:34:00 EDT

There she goes again. That was the eye-rolling reaction in the White House press room when Helen Thomas would go off on one of her rants about the Middle East. She had been there for so long, was so admired by female journalists, was such a curmudgeonly character, that she was regarded as everyone's...



Fellow journalists let Helen Thomas down by not reining her in

Mon, 14 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

There she goes again. That was the eye-rolling reaction in the White House pressroom when Helen Thomas would go off on one of her rants about the Middle East. She had been there for so long, was so admired by female journalists, was such a curmudgeonly character, that she was regarded as everyone's...
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The new face of women in politics

Fri, 11 Jun 2010 08:11:00 EDT

Now that Carly Fiorina has dissed Barbara Boxer's hair, I guess we can all get down and dirty on the subject of female candidates.



Linda Douglass, former Obama aide, rejoins mainstream media

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 05:51:00 EDT

Linda Douglass, the veteran network correspondent who became President Obama's chief health care spokeswoman, is heading back to journalism.



Howard Kurtz on Vice President Biden's image and role as White House spokesman

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

A dozen top officials were gathered in Rahm Emanuel's White House office for the 7:30 a.m. staff meeting when talk turned to Dick Cheney's upcoming appearance on ABC's "This Week," where he would undoubtedly keep pummeling the administration's efforts against terrorism.


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The president's anger management

Wed, 09 Jun 2010 09:53:00 EDT

President Obama finally got mad -- and it sounds like he's mad at the media.
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Helen Thomas, tarnished icon

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 07:25:00 EDT

Helen Thomas ended a storied career at the White House dating back to the Kennedy era on Monday, days after making inflammatory remarks on Israel to a rabbi with a video camera.



Newsweek's secret search for salvation

Mon, 07 Jun 2010 11:37:00 EDT

While journalists get into the business for various reasons -- vicarious thrills, investigative zeal, outsized ego -- ultimately they're at the mercy of the marketplace. And that marketplace seems to have sent a very discouraging message to Newsweek.



Howard Kurtz on Newsweek bidders, Helen Thomas gaffe, Gore breakup coverage

Mon, 07 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

While journalists get into the business for various reasons -- vicarious thrills, investigative zeal, outsize ego -- ultimately they're at the mercy of the marketplace. And that marketplace seems to have sent a very discouraging message to Newsweek.


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Obama's rusty machine politics

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 09:16:00 EDT

The Obama team's detractors have long accused them of bare-knuckled, head-butting, Chicago-style political warfare.
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Forget Katrina: Is BP Obama's Waterloo?

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 08:26:00 EDT

We have seen this movie before. Barack Obama stays cool when the pundits want heat.



When politicians get caught, it's the media who catch the blame

Mon, 31 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

In her moment of utter humiliation, exposed on videotape by a journalistic impersonator, Sarah Ferguson didn't blame the press.


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Obama, awash in answers on oil

Fri, 28 May 2010 10:26:00 EDT

President Obama answered the questions Thursday. And answered them, and answered them, and answered them.



Slow-motion crisis in the gulf

Thu, 27 May 2010 11:27:00 EDT

Most disasters unfold quickly. The hurricane, the earthquake, the plane crash, the mine collapse, they do their deadly damage and it's over -- leaving the rest of us to deal with the dead and wounded and figure out what went wrong. The BP oil spill, now in its 38th day, is different. It oozes, it...
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Oil crisis oozes out of control

Wed, 26 May 2010 10:42:00 EDT

In the early 1990s, after a rash of muggings, drive-by shootings and one subway killing, the New York Post ran a screaming front-page headline:



Fergie's royal humiliation

Tue, 25 May 2010 06:50:00 EDT

It is stunning video footage, one of the world's most famous women offering, in no uncertain terms, to sell access to her royal ex-husband.



Juggling act: NBC's White House duo

Mon, 24 May 2010 09:59:00 EDT

Chuck Todd began tweeting at 6 a.m. -- "the big race is in WV where another DC incumbent could lose a primary" -- and now, nearly three hours later, he is crashing minutes before airtime.