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Press patting itself on back today . . .






. . . and every day, lately. Amid the self-glorification of U.S. media outlets comes today’s program at the Newseum, “The President and the Press: The First Hundred Days.”  In honor of the occasion, if not in the same spirit, re-posted below is the article I published in a small local community newspaper on January 21, 2002. The topic: how the Washington Post Company benefited, to… Read More

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It is difficult not to write satire






Media and Washington, part I A short reminiscence: soon after first moving to the D.C. area, in 1982-83, I happened to read a piece in the Style section of the Washington Post that puzzles me to this day. I can’t remember who wrote it–just as well–but a key line was  something about being “at a [Washington-area] dinner party and finding that you’re sitting next to… Read More

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“When I was in school . . .” Aren’t any GOP candidates parents?






“When I was in school . . .” Aren’t any GOP candidates parents of students? The interminable cable conversation on Iowa continues in Iowa. Today there’s another “C’mon, Man!” moment. This time it’s Newt Gingrich, out on the stump talking about education. Gingrich, in happier days First Gingrich says, predictably, that we have to shrink the federal Department of Education. Then he says, rightly, that… Read More

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