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It's hard to choose which deserves the coarser jeer: the excited baying
in the press about the nondiscovery of weapons of mass destruction in
Iraq, or the wailing about the 3-to-2 decision of t

The radio went on in the middle of the night and there in my ear was the
voice of a young man.

With all the words laundered over the Jayson Blair affair, why is my
soul still disquieted? Why do I feel even further from the truth than on
the day the journalistic fraud was first revealed?

Writing may be fighting, as Ishmael Reed famously opined, but most
writers know the difference. There are, of course, some who blur the
line.

Of all the columns I've written, never have I gotten more mail than for
the following sentence: "It will not matter that the Dixie Chicks play
to full, cheering houses, while their current albu

Thank God for fakers! Matchless as deflaters of human and institutional
pretension, they furnish us rich measures of malicious glee at the
red-faced victims.

In its first issue after the fall of the World Trade Center, The New
Yorker
published a handful of short reaction pieces by John Updike,
Jonathan Franzen and others about the horror that

So the right-wing journalist John Fund may not be a model citizen, but
contrary to the implications of many left journalists and gossip
columnists, he's likely not the kind of guy who pretends

Blogs

DAYBOOK will return Monday. In the meantime, see Stephen Colbert testify on immigration in front of congress—in character.

September 24, 2010

On responses to "Kabuki Democracy," TNR and the mail.

August 13, 2010

On Nascar, the Pentagon Papers and the mail.

July 29, 2010

Charlie Rangel, "Top Secret America" and a new addition to Altercation.

July 23, 2010

On the Weigel and McChrystal sagas and more of the week's absurdities.

July 2, 2010

Eric bemoans life and responds to some reader e-mail.

July 1, 2010

One can't help thinking that the grande dame of the White House press corps would have gotten less grief if she'd  purposely cheated the financial system and took taxpayer money to recover.

June 8, 2010

The end of Newsweek would signal an end of an era for reporting--but what about the media left standing? 

May 10, 2010

Student Senate President calls Kansas University's newspaper biased, says solution is to cut funding.

March 31, 2010

"Therefore we must fight, fight, fight to retain those liberties."

March 4, 2010