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“The most epic and consequential story of the past 40 years”?






On June 19, Politico media reporter Joe Pompeo wrote that New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet and Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron “are the two most important newspaper editors in America right now, at a time when the news media are tackling the most epic and consequential story of the past 40 years.” Concerning the United States’ ‘most important’ newspaper editors, I have no… Read More

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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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Nobody was ever going to out-mediocre them again






Today’s history lesson: Back home in Arkansas after Georgetown University, Oxford, and Yale Law School, William Jefferson Clinton ran for governor in 1978, and won. He had previously run–in his twenties–for the U.S. House of Representatives and lost, then for state Attorney General and won. In 1979, he became the youngest governor in the U.S. National attention; widespread political awe, admiration and envy; a seemingly… Read More

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The low-class Washington, D.C., chattering classes






The chattering classes are lower-class than the masses. We have seen this before. In 2002 and 2003, millions of ‘ordinary’ Americans figured something was wrong about wantonly invading Iraq. That perception was not shared, however, by established media authorities including George F. Will, Charles Krauthammer, the entire Republican noise machine, the three original major television networks and Fox, The Washington Post, The New York Times,… Read More

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The Elephant and the Denatured Donkey in the Room






As the New Hampshire presidential primary approaches (February 9), the national political press is consumed with speculation over Donald Trump’s lead in the GOP. Secondarily, it is speculating over how well Sen. Bernie Sanders’ lead on the Democratic side will hold up. The corollary re the GOP is that establishment candidates must be ‘winnowed’, so that Republicans can ‘coalesce’ around an alternative to Trump or… Read More

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Elections 2014, and New York District 21 Is Looking Weird






Elections 2014, and New York District 21 Is Looking Weird Okay, this is just strange. A former GWBush official is running for Congress in an upstate New York district, and polls show the race as close. Admittedly, the official in question–Elise Stefanik–was only a minor official under Bush, and New York’s 21st District does not number among those suffering worst from the invasion of Iraq.… Read More

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Iraq escalation benefits only Jeb Bush






Iraq escalation benefits only Jeb Bush Senator McCain presents as someone who figures it’s his turn, per generally the way GOP presidential nominations work—the next man in line steps up, wins the nomination usually without too much difficulty, and then wins or loses the general election. The occasional exception like Barry Goldwater is characterized for a generation in party lore as someone who tore the… Read More

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