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Blown away(1)

I am, I admit, a frequent critic of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram — not because I dislike the paper, but rather due to my recognition of the importance of a vibrant, strong, active daily newspaper is to Maine and its largest city, and
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  December 14, 2012

A Convenient Excuse

On October 2, I led a climate protest inside the offices of the Boston Globe .
Dear mainstream-media colleagues: Time is running out to prevent climate catastrophe. Countless lives are at stake. And you are failing us all.
By WEN STEPHENSON  |  November 02, 2012

A new beginning

Many reading this edition of the Boston Phoenix already know that after 46 years of publishing as a newspaper, we are changing formats, saying goodbye to newsprint, hello to glossy pages, and folding the content and sensibility of our sister publicati
Letter from the Publisher
By STEPHEN M. MINDICH  |  September 14, 2012

Gemmapalooza and RI’s strange relationship with the truth

In the run-up to Congressional candidate Anthony Gemma's highly anticipated press conference this week, unveiling allegations of voter fraud by incumbent Congressman David Cicilline, the chattering class — this observer included — was pretty much unanim
Talking Politics
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 24, 2012

Ask questions

Portland residents concerned about the drowning death of Nathan Bihlmaier saw the advantage of having competing news organizations last week, and may yet continue benefiting from this as the investigation continues.
Press Releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 01, 2012

The week’s neglected press releases

Another slog through the PR dregs — because if I didn't do it, who would?
The Big Hurt
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 17, 2012

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A libertarian's view of the Barstool/Brady child-porn fiasco

Sophisticated First Amendment scholars, lawyers, and media commentators, all of whom are strongly free-speech/free-press supporters, were critical of Coakley for allegedly engaging in a legal bluff — the veiled threat of possible prosecution under the st
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  August 26, 2011
Murdoch Deviance

Rupert Murdoch's Watergate

Murdoch is a tycoon of darkness. Aside from his handful of quality publications — the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Australian — his News Corporation specializes in smears, sensationalism, and mendacity
Defining deviancy
By EDITORIAL  |  July 15, 2011
Tabloid - new movie

Review: Tabloid

After taking on former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara in The Fog of War (2003), and probing the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Standard Operating Procedure (2008), Errol Morris deserves to have fun.
Errol Morris pokes fun at tabloid journalism
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 15, 2011

Shaking up Salt

A school that has quietly drawn to Portland, trained, and set loose around Maine a large number of journalists and other young creative professionals is entering a new phase, and not a decade too soon.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 01, 2011

Awards for the melancholy

Any gathering of journalists these days is, inevitably, a bifurcated affair: half-liquor-fueled bonhomie and half-dark talk of an uncertain future.
Gala Dept.

ESPN's Bill Simmons and Chad Millman on why sportswriters shouldn't be allowed to gamble on sports

This week in the Phoenix, media columnist Sean Kerrigan asks whether sportswriters ought to be allowed to bet on the sports they cover. No other...
By Carly Carioli  |  February 03, 2011

Brave the new world

Maine is in crisis — big budget shortfalls, lots of people unemployed, a cold winter approaching. And there's this new governor, talking about making life easy for business.
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By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 19, 2010

Soundsessioning; plus, Lighting Bolt and Allysen Callery

Last call for a good one going down at AS220 (401.831.9327) on THURSDAY (the 22nd) with makeupbreakup headlining (debuting new stuff from the forthcoming Scents LP) with THE BROTHER KITE , THE PRESS , and CELLAR DOVES ($6).
Off the Couch
The Press + The Gay Blades

The Press + The Gay Blades

Brooklyn-by-way-of-Boston indie-rock band the Press never fail to stick out on the bills they play. Part of it is their insistence on wearing costumes to...
By webteam  |  April 07, 2010

Beijing sting

Greetings, faithful steward of information!
Exposed: A top-secret government memorandum, obtained this past week by the Phoenix, gives the games away
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 06, 2008

Tote Board Column -- 1/17 -- "Net Results"

    This week's Tote Board column looks at how internet punditry has made political reporting not better, but far worse.
By Importer  |  January 17, 2008

For the Latest in NH Campaign News, Check Out My Able Colleague David Bernstein

    The able David Bernstein of the Phoenix is blogging regularly in these pages about the latest developments in NH: Check it out!
By Importer  |  January 05, 2008

John Fund of the Wall Street Journal Claims to Identify the Nature of the Scandalous Information About Obama

    According to a published report, John Fund of the Wall Street Journal claims to know the subject matter of the Clinton forces' "scandalous information"...
By Importer  |  November 19, 2007

Bob Novak's Defense of His Column Claiming the Clinton Forces Have Scandalous Information About Obama But Aren't Using It

    We wrote Saturday about  Robert Novak's column that the Clinton forces have scandalous information about Barack Obama and have decided not to use it....
By Importer  |  November 19, 2007

Jay Cost on Last Night's Debate: Did It Really Mean Anything?

    The always astute Jay Cost at RealClearPolitics has an interesting post this afternoon whose headline speaks for itself: “A Junkie's Debate...And Nothing More.” And...
By Importer  |  October 31, 2007


The problem with heroes

Even the hardest-hearted news consumer had to wince this past week when the private autopsy results of Paul Cahill and Warren Payne were leaked to some of the press.

Lessons from the build-them-up, tear-them-down Boston firefighter backlash

By ADAM REILLY  |  October 10, 2007

Check out Adam Reilly's Piece in this Week's Phoenix

    We're a bit late getting to this but Adam Reilly offers a very useful look this week in the Phoenix at 3 pop culture...
By Importer  |  August 27, 2007

Ho Hum, Another Democratic Debate Tonight

    Debate fatigue for the Democrats has set in, notes the Washington Post, and it's a wonder it took this long. No one can even...
By Importer  |  July 23, 2007

Tote Board Column -- 6/28 -- "So You Want Fair and Balanced?"

    With the multiplicity of web sites and papers following the 2008 Campaign, this week's Tote Board column looks at the few sources a political...
By Importer  |  June 28, 2007

Morning After Analysis of Last Night's GOP Debate

    The press seems mostly let down by the lack of dramatics at last night's debate, as Justin Miller of Real Clear Politics summarizes here,...
By Importer  |  June 06, 2007

Morning After Analysis of Last Night's Dems Debate

    Justin Miller of Real Clear Politics summarizes the press reaction to last night's debate and it is as we predicted. The general consensus, with...
By Importer  |  June 04, 2007

Good News for Political Junkies: Tom Edsall Joins Huffington Post

    There’s good news at the Huffington Post. A while back in the Phoenix, we drew up a list of the nation’s indispensable political reporters...
By Importer  |  May 11, 2007

More On the Issues

    A number of people have written the Tote Board, asking that the column devote less space to the horse race and more to the...
By Importer  |  April 09, 2007

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