October 31, 2007
Jaw-droppingly bad

It takes some real doing to make the way The New Republic handles questions about its stories look journalistically responsible. It's a bar that the Los Angeles Times has cleared with ease. The other day I published a link-filled post about a report in the Times by media writer Tim Rutten on the TNR-Beauchamp affair […]

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October 30, 2007
Making sacrifices

Democrat presidential candidate John Edwards told the Concord Monitor that as president he will solve all America's problems -- real and perceived. "I think if we want to fund the things that I think are important to share in prosperity, then people who have done well in this country, including me, have more of a […]

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October 30, 2007
Shoddy reporting

Longtime Los Angeles Times media writer David Shaw must be spinning in his grave after his successor Tim Rutten and his "four levels of editors" let this mistake-filled piece run in the paper last Saturday. Bob Owens, who has owned this story, goes through the mistakes here. Patterico has been e-mailing the Times public editor, […]

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October 29, 2007
Maligning Mukasey

It looks like President George W. Bush is probably going to have to recess appoint Judge Michael Mukasey to be attorney general. Democrats, and some Republicans, are demanding that Mukasey state for the record that the interrogation technique known as waterboarding is illegal. “I am urging him that he needs to come forward. If he […]

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October 29, 2007
Government health "care"

In the hilarious Neil Simon movie "Murder by Death" Eileen Brennan's character goes over a brief biography of Lionel Twain, played by Truman Capote, the host of their mystery weekend. One humorous fact in Twain's biography was that he was once picked up in El Paso, Texas, "for trying to smuggle a truckload of rich, […]

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October 27, 2007
Even amateurs are more professional

Some would say that the controversy over this student broadcast story on John Edwards' campaign headquarters in Chapel Hill, N.C., is evidence that his campaign is run by amateurs. Sorry, not even amateurs are this stupid. It's a safe bet that no one from the UNC-Chapel Hill journalism school was covering the event in person: […]

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October 27, 2007
TNR is C**P

Armed Liberal over at WindsofChange.net has an excellent fisking of The New Republic's explanation of why it has been less than forthcoming the Scott Thomas Beauchamp affair.

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October 26, 2007
Kudos for Bill

You thought it would never happen, but here's some kudos for former President Bill Clinton for standing up to the 9/11 conspiracy theorists. Bill Clinton addressed a crowd in Minneapolis, Minnesota at a fundraiser for his wife's campaign on Tuesday. Clinton's 50-minute speech, which started about an hour behind schedule, was derailed briefly by several […]

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October 26, 2007
What you don't see

Maybe you'll recall back in the 2004 election that at least one newspaper Web site raised the ire of some on the right when people discovered that the cute picture of a little girl holding a pro-Bush sign while perched on her fathers' back had a derogatory file name. Most users never saw it, unless […]

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October 25, 2007
It must be one of those optional taxes

Jim Abrams, Associated Press reporter, lead paragraph of his story: The House's top Democratic tax writer outlined a $1 trillion plan Thursday to eliminate the alternative minimum tax and ease the tax burdens of most people by asking the rich and some companies to pay more. Asking? So, they don't have to pay it if […]

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