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Apple loses its cool

Sheez, they’re getting awfully touchy out in Cupertino.
Once the underdog cult darling battling the evil empire, Apple is fighting an image problem — and critics, who say it’s betrayed the digital revolution
By WEN STEPHENSON  |  May 14, 2010
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Through a glass darkly

Predicting a Super Bowl winner doesn't make you a genius: after all, given a pool of 32 teams, one of them is bound to capture the trophy. But predicting the future for an industry that's been buffeted by new technologies and economic vicissitudes, and
Forecasting the media year to come
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 08, 2010
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Tweet-Fighting Man

Is Twitter driving the ongoing political crisis in Iran?
To what extent did social media shape Iran's so-called Twitter Revolution?
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 26, 2009
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
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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

Fight song

Your total inability to recognize deserving candidates has me . . . amused?
Letters to the Boston editor, July 25, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 23, 2008


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The Kristol method

Journalistic atrocity or savvy hire?

Why is a Murdoch man working for the competition?


By ADAM REILLY  |  January 09, 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

Feast or famine?


Jack Shafer defends the press pre-Iraq
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 21, 2007
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Lapdog, meet watchdog

Hating the media has long been a popular pastime. But after the invasion of Iraq four years ago, anti-press animus reached a new level of intensity on the left. Feast or famine: Jack Shafer defends the press pre-Iraq. By Adam Reilly
What’s gotten into the political press?
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 21, 2007
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Would the ProJo be better with local ownership?

In 2003, former Governor Bruce Sundlun wrote a letter to Robert Decherd, the CEO of the Dallas-based Belo Corporation, expressing his interest in restoring local ownership of the Providence Journal.
Belo — unwilling to sell to Sundlun — seems a bit more benign than in the past
By IAN DONNIS  |  December 07, 2006


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Your ombuddy

Part internal-affairs cop, part complaint department, American news ombudsmen are truly a unique breed.
Once the most thankless job in journalism, the lowly ombudsman is now poised to be a star
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  June 19, 2006
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Phoenix's Jurkowitz to depart

Media critic Mark Jurkowitz will be leaving the paper on or around July 1 to become the associate director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism headquartered in Washington, DC.
Destination: Project for Excellence
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 05, 2006