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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
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 25, 2009
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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
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 09, 2009
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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?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 31, 2009
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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?
By ADAM REILLY  |  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
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 19, 2008
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Bull disclosure

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?
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 08, 2008


After the fall

The bad news for the Portland Press Herald just won't stop.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 30, 2008
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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?
By ADAM REILLY  |  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?
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 27, 2007
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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
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 27, 2006

Striking similarities

This article originally appeared in the August 20, 1998 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Mike Barnicle, this is A.J. Liebling. Have you met?
By DAN KENNEDY  |  November 14, 2006