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Fourth-estate follies, 2009 edition
Between the rise of the Web, the ADD-addling of America, the fragmentation of any national political consensus, and the devastated economy, working in the press can feel a bit like manning the Titanic — and this year, the entire industry seemed to te
The Phoenix's second annual year in media malfeasance
| December 25, 2009
Latter day taint
Fifteen years ago, Glenn Beck was a small-market DJ with a drinking problem, no friends, and bleak professional prospects. Today, he’s a Fox News superstar averaging 2.4 million viewers, an inexorably successful author, and the leader of a popular movem
How Glenn Beck is driven by Mormonism — and why his fellow faithful (including Mitt Romney) should be worried
| October 09, 2009
Our journalism echoes our politics
Why won’t the Maine press inquire deeply into major issues?
If the press reflects the times, which way will it go now?
| July 31, 2009
Toxic talk: Hating Obama
During and just after the 2008 presidential campaign, the antipathy of right-wing pundits toward Barack Obama reached remarkable, often repugnant depths.
Repugnant anti-Obama hate speech has dissipated for the moment. How likely is it to raise its ugly head again?
| January 19, 2009
Heslin's rise: A change of the guard, but to what effect?
Thomas E. Heslin, the Providence Journal's new executive editor — like his storied predecessor — bridges two distinctly different journalistic eras.
As The ProJo Turns
| November 19, 2008
As the presidential candidates prep for the final debate of 2008 — which will take place on October 15 in Hempstead, New York, with CBS’s Bob Schieffer moderating — it’s a fitting time to ask: why do some journalistic conflicts of interest become semi-sc
As the candidates prep for the final debate, it’s a fitting time to ask: why do some journalistic conflicts of interest become scandals, while others get almost no attention at all?
| October 08, 2008
After the fall
The bad news for the Portland Press Herald just won't stop.
| July 30, 2008
March to war
During the course of two weeks in May, America’s top-ranking military officer went from warning that war with Iran could cripple the US military to rattling his saber at Tehran.
Why isn’t the press paying more attention to a possible attack on Iran?
| June 04, 2008
Drive free or die
Reporter Mark Leibovich offered a parenthetical aside on a brush with former Massachusetts governor and would-be president Mitt Romney’s security detail.
The Romney camp’s ominous New Hampshire misstep. Plus, how should Bloomberg cover Bloomberg?
| June 27, 2007
The new system
Dontrelle Williams jumps out to an early lead in the race for newly-minted Annual Crime Champion award.
Sports Blotter: 2007 yearbook edition
| December 27, 2006
This article originally appeared in the August 20, 1998 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Mike Barnicle, this is A.J. Liebling. Have you met?
| November 14, 2006
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