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Alan Dershowitz's Dishonest Defense

(16) Comments | Posted February 22, 2006 | 6:41 PM

You've got to give Alan Dershowitz credit: the man stays on message. And regarding the resignation of Lawrence Summers, his message is this: a "coup d'etat" by the "radical hard left" has toppled a visionary president who made the mistake of expressing "politically incorrect views."


Here's Dershowitz...

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HuffPo: Where the New York Times Gets Its Ideas

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2006 | 3:48 PM

"The Gladwell Effect"
--Richard Bradley, Huffington Post, May 31, 2005

"The Gladwell Effect"
--Rachel Donaldio, The New York Times, February 6, 2006

"The Gladwell Effect is my term for writers who try to imitate Gladwell's techniques in hope of attaining something near his popularity..."
--Richard...

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Arianna, Ed Rollins, and Private Detectives

(25) Comments | Posted January 27, 2006 | 12:33 PM

So NBC is coming after Arianna, throwing out the old accusation that she once hired a private eye to investigate Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth.

Well, maybe NBC knows something I don't--but I doubt it. (Full disclosure: I know Arianna a little and blog for her website, not...

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The Question Oprah Didn't Ask

(9) Comments | Posted January 26, 2006 | 5:27 PM

Well, you can stick a fork in James Frey--he's done. Frey's made a lot of money from A Million Little Pieces, but after the devastating interview that just took place, would anyone trade places with him? He's living proof of how a man could gain his fortune and lose his...

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George Clooney Should Apologize

(114) Comments | Posted January 20, 2006 | 10:19 AM

I admire George Clooney, who's had an interesting career and seems determined to make some intelligent movies. Good for him. But I was surprised by his vulgar insult of corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff the other night at the Golden Globe awards.

"Who would name their kid Jack with the last...

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Why James Frey Matters

(16) Comments | Posted January 17, 2006 | 2:21 PM

Some of you have written asking why I care so much about James Freys' fabrications. It's still a good book, you've said. It's helped a lot of people.

I have some personal feelings related to having written a memoir myself and also my training in the craft of journalism. But...

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More Lies from James Frey

(12) Comments | Posted January 16, 2006 | 10:10 AM

Did James Frey's lover Lilly really commit suicide, as he describes in his sham-book, "A Million Little Pieces"?

Stephen Levitt, writing on his Freakonomics website, doesn't think so....

I don't really have the time to check out any of Frey's claims myself, and I don't feel the need to;...

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James Frey, In His Own Words

(19) Comments | Posted January 12, 2006 | 10:21 AM

Larry King's interview with James Frey was gripping television. For the most part, King put pretty good questions to Frey--you could tell that the fabrications in Frey's memoir bothered King, and at one point he actually said something like, "I wrote a memoir, and I didn't make anything up."

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Apparently Hell Just Froze Over

(3) Comments | Posted January 11, 2006 | 3:09 PM

Random House is offering refunds to people who bought James Frey's book, "A Million Little Pieces."

That's a fine start. But Random House can do even better by dropping its insistence that refunds can only go to people who bought the book directly from the publisher and still have...

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James Frey--Sleep Much?

(19) Comments | Posted January 11, 2006 | 2:25 PM

What to make of the news that bestselling memoirist James Frey concocted many of the most dramatic events in his Oprah-sanctioned book, "A Million Little Pieces"?

As thesmokinggun.com, which broke the story, puts it:

Police reports, court records, interviews with law enforcement personnel, and other sources have put...

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NBC Plumbs the Journalistic Depths

(17) Comments | Posted January 2, 2006 | 10:58 PM

Watching NBC tonight, I've just seen an impressive new low in journalistic integrity.

I was checking out the NBC show "Surface," a guilty pleasure. On tonight's episode, two characters, Rich and Laura, are trying to spread word that they've discovered a sea monster. They show a videotape of the...

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The Myths of Katrina

(8) Comments | Posted December 30, 2005 | 8:16 AM

Remember that terrible story about how someone in New Orleans shot at a helicopter trying to airlift sick people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? And the seven-year-old girl who was raped and killed? The stories of rampant lawlessness and rape, of gangs of thugs running amok at the Superdome?

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CNN: Truly Pathetic

(33) Comments | Posted December 7, 2005 | 4:54 PM

I just watched 30 minutes of CNN's non-stop coverage of the man shot and killed by a U.S. marshal on the walkway between an American Airlines plane and a terminal at Miami airport. And having done so, I've come to the conclusion that it's getting tough to take CNN...

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Record Companies Screwing Consumers Again

(77) Comments | Posted December 6, 2005 | 8:29 AM

Apple seems to have lost its fight with the record companies over the $9.99 uniform pricing policy in the iTunes music store: the new Eminem greatest hits collection, posted online today, is selling for $14.99.

Some context: When Apple opened its music store, it announced that all songs would...

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Why Bob Woodward Trashed Patrick Fitzgerald

(51) Comments | Posted November 17, 2005 | 9:19 AM

As Howie Kurtz reports in today's Washington Post, Bob Woodward has repeatedly disparaged Patrick Fitzgerald and his investigation into the leak of Valerie Plame's CIA identity.

In June, Woodward said on MSNBC's "Hardball" that ultimately "there is going to be nothing to it. And it is a shame....

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"Tragic Victims of SUV Menace"

(95) Comments | Posted November 14, 2005 | 8:58 AM

That's the headline on a New York Daily News story reporting on how SUVs have made New York City streets increasingly dangerous, especially for pedestrians.

According to the Daily News...

1) Pedestrians are twice as likely to be killed when they're hit by an SUV than when they're hit...

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Kicking Judy Miller When She's Down

(35) Comments | Posted November 10, 2005 | 10:28 AM

It's good that Judith Miller is leaving the New York Times -- but the paper is showing a petty lack of professionalism in its handling of her departure.

A couple weeks ago, the Times unleashed Maureen Dowd to flog Miller in Dowd's column, beginning with the instantly infamous (and patently...

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Matt Drudge Meets Anderson Cooper

(21) Comments | Posted November 9, 2005 | 8:55 AM

Why is Matt Drudge highlighting a CNN.com post of a column Anderson Cooper wrote for Details magazine in August 2003?

(Got that?)

Well, primarily because Cooper compares his gray hair to ejaculation—both can be premature. Ba-dum-dum.

A better question would be, Why did CNN.com post that column in...

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Bob Novak Smears John McCain

(56) Comments | Posted November 7, 2005 | 8:16 AM

Robert Novak says that concern over John McCain's age is slowing his fundraising, because tickets to a New York City dinner allegedly did not sell well.

Nonsense. This feels like a line of attack floated by someone who doesn't like McCain, perhaps one of his potential opponents for the...

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The Tim Russert Story Todd Purdum Wouldn't Tell You

(17) Comments | Posted November 1, 2005 | 2:12 PM

Like Arianna, I was bemused by the big wet kiss the Times' Todd Purdum gave Russert on Sunday. So here's one little anecdote that I would have loved to see worked into the Russert profile.

Last June Russert gave the Class Day address at Harvard. He was...

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