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Should sportswriters be allowed to gamble on sports?

Halloween 2010 kicked off a rough week for Keith Olbermann and Bill Simmons.  
Sucker bet
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  February 04, 2011
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Poop and circumstance

Knickers in a horrible twist in Educationland over the announcement of a three-tiered diploma system to be introduced in Rhode Island public schools.
Vo Dilun diplomacy; the Dunkin' Donuts state; networking; royal rapping
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 28, 2011
Why we need to hold the Radical Right responsible for the Arizona bloodshed

Why we need to hold the Radical Right responsible for the Arizona bloodshed


Are Tea Partiers and right-wing Republicans responsible for the horrifying violence we saw yesterday in Arizona? Of course they fucking are. And you don't have...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 09, 2011

The view from the throne

We think we're turning Japanese, we think we're turning Japanese, we really think so. The Japanese have a tremendous obsession with toilets. But the Narragansett Bay Commission, which oversees treatment of metropolitan Providence's sewage, are getting
Toilet humor; They do? They don't?; The GOP is ont he clock; Dubya returns
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  November 12, 2010
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L'affaire Olbermann

Keith Olbermann's brief suspension from MSNBC for giving $2400 to each of three Democratic congressional candidates is an interesting case study.
Why Keith should lay off the campaign cash. Plus, Matt O'Malley for City Council.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 12, 2010
Jennifer Aniston: the Childless Homewrecker

Jennifer Aniston: the Childless Homewrecker


 So Jen’s staring in a movie about having a kid without a man, and she’s been staring in a life which has got everyone wondering...
By Marianna Faynshteyn  |  August 12, 2010


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Size matters

If the United States does not suffer a death wish, then it must be saddled with a streak of masochism as wide as the Mississippi River.
Big banks escape effective regulation; plus DOMA and "prison reform"
By EDITORIAL  |  July 16, 2010

Heading to the polls after work? Watch these videos before you vote for #MaSen


KEITH OLBERMANN is a sports guy. Inside, we suspect he's not too happy about Martha Coakley's Red Sox flubs either. But there are times --...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 19, 2010

Ask the black woman

I've lived in Maine for seven years and been writing for this fine publication for about five, and during that time I've covered a wide array of subjects on the issue of diversity in Maine.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  August 21, 2009
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Yoon or Flaherty

Boston voters will go to the polls in less than seven weeks to choose two candidates, out of the four now running, to face off against each other in November's mayoral election.
Who will win the chance to challenge Menino?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  August 14, 2009

Keith Olbermann

When liberals used to complain that there were not enough television commentators combating the juvenile attacks of Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, nobody meant we wanted someone to stoop to their level by belittling and smearing adversaries. That's what
When liberals used to complain that there were not enough television commentators combating the juvenile attacks of Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, nobody meant we wanted someone to stoop to their level by belittling and smearing adversaries. That's what lists like this are for.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009


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Whitehouse: Pushing to pull the truth about Bush's war skullduggery from under bus

Rhode Island's Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse had a Joseph Welch moment during last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
Digging deep
By PETER VOSKAMP  |  March 11, 2009
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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

Forward thinking


Letters to the Boston editor, November 14, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  November 12, 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
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Peacock problem

A recent Rasmussen Report poll shows that about half the country thinks the press is out to get Sarah Palin, with a full quarter saying this makes it likelier they’ll vote Republican.
MSNBC is in Barack's corner, which may cause an electoral backfire for the Democrats
By STEVEN STARK  |  September 10, 2008


Crossword: ''I'm surrounded by idiots''


To the left and right, as shown
By MATT JONES  |  September 03, 2008
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Say what?!

Rapper Esoteric has been getting lots of death threats via e-mail recently. But he’s not too worried about them, if only because of their elementary character.
East Coast Avengers wrong the right with ‘Kill Bill O’Reilly’
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  September 02, 2008

Papa don't preach

The total “wake-up call” is the promotion of father-less-ness in our great land and the effects it is having on society.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 18, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 16, 2008
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The 11th Annual Muzzle Awards

Freedom of expression may be guaranteed by the Constitution. But it’s an idea we have to fight for every day.
Silencing free speech
By DAN KENNEDY  |  June 25, 2008
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Russert explained

In terms of being an old-fashioned, old-style media icon, nobody in broadcasting today could top Tim Russert.
NBC’s top talking head had an outsized influence simply because he did his job so well
By EDITORIAL  |  June 18, 2008


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Alma Obama

My niece Rachael was graduated from Wesleyan this past Sunday, an accomplishment perhaps overshadowed for some by the highly publicized circumstances surrounding the commencement ceremony.
Understated understudy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 28, 2008
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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
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War stories

In his new book, Reporting the War: Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism , author John Byrne Cooke tracks press influence on public opinion.

Pressuring the press


By ADAM REILLY  |  November 28, 2007
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The 10th Annual Muzzle Awards

Mitt Romney will say or do anything if he thinks it will help him become president.
Silencing free speech
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 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


Letters to the Portland editor: February 2, 2007

In addition to my flip comment that I personally didn’t have a clue about how to solve the horrific human tragedy we call the Iraq War, I provided Sara Donnelly with several comments in our ten-minute conversation that were constructive potential solutio
Peace needs our help
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR  |  January 31, 2007
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Random forecast

One thing that’s sure to happen in the coming year is that people will make erroneous predictions about what will happen in the coming year.
Coming in 2007: More tech, more fear, less Paris, and some time travel
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 29, 2006
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Quiet warfare

On September 11, 2006, the fifth anniversary of the terror attacks that devastated our nation, a man crashed his car into a building in Davenport, Iowa, hoping to blow it up and kill himself in the fire.
Few have been paying attention to that other ongoing terrorist threat
By JENNIFER L. POZNER  |  November 28, 2006
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Jeff Cohen on the weird and disturbing world of CNN, Fox, and MSNBC

In his new book, Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media , Jeff Cohen writes about his years with cable news channels as a pilgrim who’s returned from a strange and hostile land.
Cable nit
By DAN KENNEDY  |  September 18, 2006