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Billie Joe's crackup, Muse's truth

Jeers this week to regrettable behavior -- Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day is seeking treatment for substance abuse following a tantrum at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

By DAVID THORPE  |  October 05, 2012

Joey gets to work

Yes, Joey quit. But he's plenty busy now.
Labor Relations
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 09, 2011

After Clinton

With a world full of crises in full flower, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton surprised a lot of people last week by declaring, in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, that she will not continue to serve beyond 2012, should Barack Obama win a second t
The State of State
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 25, 2011

In Pawtucket, a Haitian-American family anxiously waits

Their roof is a blanket held up by sticks, their bed is dirt. Every morning, they wake — the grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews — and begin their journey on foot to search for something to eat and drink.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  January 29, 2010
Gatesgate blows up

Gatesgate blows up

 If you thought Barack Obama's comments this evening on Skip Gates's arrest would make the story even bigger, you were absolutely right. Obama's critique of...
By Adam Reilly  |  July 22, 2009
Least necessary headline of the day

Least necessary headline of the day

  The honor (?) goes to CNN: Developing story:Jackson's hair on fireNew video shows tragic Pepsi shoot ?!?!?For one thing, Jackson's hair fire happened TWENTY-FIVE  YEARS...
By Adam Reilly  |  July 16, 2009


Fourth-estate follies!

Granted, other years have had flashier media embarrassments (Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass), but that doesn't mean that 2008 lacked for media misdeeds.
Remembering the year in media malfeasance
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 23, 2008
Overselling Drudge

Overselling Drudge

 Slate's generally excellent Jack Shafer today offers an impassioned defense of Matt Drudge's ...
By Adam Reilly  |  November 11, 2008

Screw the election . . . did you see those CNN holograms?!

I mean, c'mon: fuckin' HOLOGRAMS, dude! Let's see yer little Rachel Maddow do THAT, MSNBC. Way to get all Harriet Casdin-Silver on their asses. Good...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 05, 2008
Sarah Palin, media coach

Sarah Palin, media coach

 When last we left John McCain's running mate, she was accusing the media of violating her First Amendment rights.Maybe it's the relief of getting to...
By Adam Reilly  |  November 04, 2008
What's racist? An election-day case study

What's racist? An election-day case study

I have a running argument with a friend about which anti-Obama attacks are racist. For example, I thought the McCain camp's Obama-disrespects-Palin ad played on...
By Adam Reilly  |  November 04, 2008

Elite media voter-suppression alert!

Elite media voter-suppression alert!

 Got an e-mail this morning from none other than Newt Gingrich, who urged me to stick it to the media by going to the polls....
By Adam Reilly  |  November 04, 2008

It's Obama in a landslide

You can stop checking Gallup, Zogby, et al.--what may be the most reliable poll available has Barack Obama crushing John McCain next month.
By Adam Reilly  |  October 14, 2008
The "sliming" of Palin: did FactCheck exaggerate?

The "sliming" of Palin: did FactCheck exaggerate?

 At a moment when liberals and conservatives seem to have irreconcilable versions of reality--and the media deluge is so overwhelming that it's hard to separate...
By Adam Reilly  |  September 10, 2008
Gustav vs. McCain

Gustav vs. McCain

  It would look bad, period, if Gustav hammered New Orleans and environs while the Republicans waxed ecstatic over John McCain's impending nomination. And it would...
By Adam Reilly  |  August 30, 2008
"Temple" tendentiousness

"Temple" tendentiousness

I don't expect Rush Limbaugh to acknowledge that George Bush had his own "temple" back in 2004 when he's chortling over the "temple" Barack Obama...
By Adam Reilly  |  August 29, 2008


Slime time

Nasty presidential races are nothing new.

We already know about politicians’ capacity for coarse behavior. But how low can the press go?

By ADAM REILLY  |  February 20, 2008

Backlash blues

Most big news stories fit the snowball metaphor, with an isolated fact or two slowly gaining significance and momentum over a period of days or weeks.
Will the Larry Craig scandal bolster anti-gay bias?
By ADAM REILLY  |  September 06, 2007

The debates so far

Watching the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates debate this week in New Hampshire leaves an uncomfortable but undeniable impression.
Why the Republican performance is so dangerous
By EDITORIAL  |  June 06, 2007

Across the universe

If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, the two parties aren’t even in the same solar system.
The Republicans are telescoping issues voters will likely still care about on Election Day 2008
By STEVEN STARK  |  June 06, 2007

Best in show

It looks as if Arthur Branch, a/k/a Fred Thompson, is about to swap Law and Order for the law and disorder otherwise known as campaign 2008.
Fred Thompson’s threatened GOP bid is making things trickier for those candidates facing another debate this week
By STEVEN STARK  |  May 30, 2007


Numbing carnage

On the morning of March 8, viewers had their first sip of coffee to a grisly sight on the news shows: grainy video of roughly two-dozen dead Iraqis lined up in a makeshift morgue, many of them apparently bound and strangled.
Once an upbeat hit, Bush’s Iraq show has jumped the shark
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  March 15, 2006

What democracy wrought

It was an eerie and unsettling reprise of George W. Bush’s embarrassing post–Hurricane Katrina interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer when he infamously declared, “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.”
Hamas’s “surprise” victory offers sobering lessons about grounding US foreign policy in democratic elections
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  February 02, 2006