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THIS JUST IN: Media
The capture of Saddam Hussein: anatomy of a conspiracy theory. Boston Phoenix, 12/26/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: Bush's new running mate
The capture of Saddam Hussein puts Democrats in an ugly and awkward dilemma. Boston Phoenix, 12/19/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
Who was Robert Bartley? Boston Phoenix, 12/19/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: Left side of the dial
All this and Barry Crimmins, too: Liberal radio gears up for the post-Rush era. Boston Phoenix, 12/12/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
Al Gore - and Ted Koppel - lend Howard Dean a hand at New Hampshire debate. Boston Phoenix, 12/12/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
A nuanced look at a notorious priest. Boston Phoenix, 12/5/03

THIS JUST IN: Brain drain
Two to depart Globe. Boston Phoenix, 12/5/03

THE BONE MACHINE
Limb-lengthening surgery would make my daughter tall. But I'd rather she accept her dwarfism as an important part of who she is. (Adapted from Little People: Learning to See the World Through My Daughter's Eyes.) Boston Phoenix, 11/28/03

HIGH ASPIRATIONS
Dan Kennedy talks about the challenges of dwarfism, the dangers of genetic engineering, and the value of difference. By Liz Matson. Boston Phoenix, 11/28/03

THIS JUST IN: Defense of Marriage Act
DOMA and same-sex marriage. Boston Phoenix, 11/28/03

EMBRACE THE WEDGE
The conventional wisdom says that same-sex marriage will unite Repubicans and divide Democrats. But that can cut both ways. Boston Phoenix, 11/21/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: The real Howard Dean
The story behind an unusual collaboration between an independent newspaper group and a small publishing house. Boston Phoenix, 11/21/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
What's next at the downsized Boston Herald? With Megan E. Harrington. Boston Phoenix, 11/21/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
The real stakes over that Democratic memo. Boston Phoenix, 11/14/03


DON'T QUOTE ME: An unlikely bigfoot
Meet Dr. Bill Siroty: physician, Dean supporter, and New Hampshire's indispensable media activist. Boston Phoenix, 11/7/03


LOCAL HEROES: Tom Birmingham
His tactics enraged critics -- and protected gay and lesbian couples. Boston Phoenix, 10/31/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
Globe union members boycott NECN. Boston Phoenix, 10/31/03


DON'T QUOTE ME: Recovery phase
The Atlantic Monthly survives -- and thrives -- following the death of Michael Kelly. But questions about its future remain. Boston Phoenix, 10/24/03


THIS JUST IN: Media
For local TV newscasts, a new idea: quality. Boston Phoenix, 10/24/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: Little chance
The Station Agent and its star, Peter Dinklage, cast dwarfism in a new, well-rounded light. Boston Phoenix, 10/17/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
The last days of the Narco News Bulletin. Boston Phoenix, 10/17/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: Scandal proof
A vengeful White House may have jeopardized national security -- and passed it off as a "kerfuffle." Boston Phoenix, 10/10/03

THIS JUST IN: MEDIA
Voters to LA Times: We don't care! Boston Phoenix, 10/10/03


DON'T QUOTE ME: Second act
Virginia Buckingham settles in at the Herald. Plus, Edward Said's death and life; and Michael Goldman plots his comeback. Boston Phoenix, 10/3/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
Counting beans and bodies at the Herald. Boston Phoenix, 10/3/03

MUSIC IN THE POST-NAPSTER AGE: Future imperfect
Copy protection won't work, and compulsory licensing raises the specter of government control. Why oure best hope may be just to muddle through. Boston Phoenix, 9/26/03

THIS JUST IN: Brudnoy speaks
A talk-radio legend's latest challenge. Boston Phoenix, 9/26/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
At the Herald, waiting for the shoe to drop. Boston Phoenix, 9/26/03

STATE OF SURVEILLANCE
Let's just throw away the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Taking a closer look at the Patriot Act. Boston Phoenix, 9/19/03

THIS JUST IN: Inside the Ashcroft rally
The ghosts of the Adams family. Boston Phoenix, 9/12/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: Wholly war
Ashcroft's anti-porn crusade threatens everyone's free-speech rights. Boston Phoenix, 9/5/03

MEDIA LOG
Globe reporter suspended for pro-union action. Boston Phoenix, 9/4/03 (online only; this updates an item that appeared in the print edition)

DON'T QUOTE ME: Fighting back
Joe Conason's Big Lies is the latest sign that liberals are mad as hell -- and aren't going to take it anymore. Boston Phoenix, 8/29/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
A false spin on jailhouse justice. Boston Phoenix, 8/29/03

THIS JUST IN: Middle East Watch
A case of Israel-bashing on the BBC. Boston Phoenix, 8/29/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: Crazy like a Fox
Roger Ailes's "fair and balanced" lawsuit against Al Franken seems stupid -- until you take a closer look. Boston Phoenix, 8/22/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
Mitt Romney's secret tormentor. Boston Phoenix, 8/22/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
Ex-Phoenicians buy Bay Windows and South End News. Boston Phoenix, 8/22/03 (online only)

FINNERAN'S WAY
The House Speaker -- though no longer invincible -- is still a powerhouse. But will his taste for revenge be his undoing? Boston Phoenix, 8/15/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
A two-week hole in the Ozone layer. Boston Phoenix, 8/15/03

ROME CASTS ITS BALLOT
The Vatican’s current stance on same-sex-marriage legislation resurrects church/state issues put to rest by JFK four decades ago. Boston Phoenix, 8/8/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
Raw meat versus mush from the wimps. Boston Phoenix, 8/8/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
In Lowell, college radio goes corporate. Boston Phoenix, 8/1/03.

DON'T QUOTE ME: Cooking the books
Forget those 16 words. The Bush administration’s case for war was a corrupt mishmash of lies, wishful thinking, and doctored intelligence. Boston Phoenix, 7/25/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: The right stuff
What's the surprise issue of the 2004 presidential campaign? Try same-sex marriage. Boston Phoenix, 7/18/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
Bill Keller, Marty Baron, and the Boston Globe. Boston Phoenix, 7/18/03

THIS JUST IN: Dept. of perverse logic
Doing it doggy-style on the homophobic right. Boston Phoenix, 7/11/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
An open letter to Michael Savage's local station. Boston Phoenix, 7/11/03

THE SIXTH ANNUAL MUZZLE AWARDS
Ten who undermined freedom of speech and personal liberties. Boston Phoenix, 07/03/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: O brother, where art thou?
Making sense of Bill Bulger's testimony and the media frenzy it inspired. Boston Phoenix, 06/26/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
Taking on the electronic war profiteers. Boston Phoenix, 06/26/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: Tabzilla returns
The sliding Herald rediscovers flash and trash, while owner Pat Purcell contemplates the new media landscape and asks, What's next? Eat? Or be eaten? Boston Phoenix, 06/19/03

THIS JUST IN: Privacy
Breaking the Internet copyright impasse. Boston Phoenix, 06/19/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: New York state of mind
The Globe ponders Marty Baron's possible departure. Plus, Hersh goes wild, PETA gets censored, and 'BUR kills a media show. Boston Phoenix, 06/12/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: Mad as hell
To no one's surprise, the FCC has given media monopolists what they want. This time, though, the public may be ready to fight back. Boston Phoenix, 06/05/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
The elusive truth about those missing Iraqi intiquites. Boston Phoenix, 06/05/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: Republic of fear
Separating the reality of terrorism, disease, and economic distress from the virtual world of media hype and political gamesmanship. Boston Phoenix, 05/30/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
From Iraq -- hope, fear, and reality. Boston Phoenix, 05/30/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: News at the brink
The New York Times scandal is just the latest in a long line of stories about journalists behaving badly. And they're eating away at the media's credibility. Boston Phoenix, 05/22/03

THIS JUST IN: First Amendment
Flag-burning, the nonissue that will not go away. Boston Phoenix, 05/22/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
On (not) giving credit where it's due. Boston Phoenix, 05/22/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: Raines's folly
The Jayson Blair scandal reveals some unflattering truths about the Times' hard-driving editor. Boston Phoenix, 05/16/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
In Maine, a small step toward peace. Boston Phoenix, 05/16/03

THE GOP ATTACK MACHINE
All who are not Bushies are evil. Boston Phoenix, 05/08/03

THIS JUST IN: As the Globe turns
For Bob Ryan, a harsh but righteous punishment. Boston Phoenix, 05/08/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
Introducing Bill Gates, version 2.0. Boston Phoenix, 05/08/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: Silent swoosh
Boston-based activist John Bonifaz says Nike's not covered by the First Amendment. But if Nike loses its rights, what about the rest of us? Boston Phoenix, 05/01/03

THIS JUST IN: In memoriam
Jerry Williams, 1923-2003. Boston Phoenix, 05/01/03

WAGING POST-WARFARE
Eight foreign-policy experts on the uncertain future of the US role in Iraq. Boston Phoenix, 04/24/03

THIS JUST IN: Free speech
Ashcroft meets the ghost of Thomas Jefferson. Boston Phoenix, 04/24/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: Foreign matters
For the first time since the end of the Cold War, international news is paramount. But how long will it last? Boston Phoenix, 04/17/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
An embed's tale from the "dark side." Boston Phoenix, 04/17/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: Michael Kelly's war
Only in Iraq, it seemed, could the late journalist find horrors commensurate with his sense of moral outrage. Boston Phoenix, 04/10/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
The Pulitzer board sends a message. Boston Phoenix, 04/10/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: The home front
Local news organizations confront the war in Iraq. Boston Phoenix, 04/03/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: Picture imperfect
From bombs away to embedded reporters, the media war has provided some striking images -- but not much context. Boston Phoenix, 03/27/03

THIS JUST IN: Site seeing
In Baghdad, a passionate, human voice. Boston Phoenix, 03/27/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: Into the darkness
History -- and Bush's own reckless arrogance -- make this a gamble whose ending could be ugly. Boston Phoenix, 03/20/03

THIS JUST IN: Media
Community papers whack Romney. Boston Phoenix, 03/20/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: Sorting out the truth
From remarks by Al Gore and Bill Clinton to a new book by Eric Alterman, the myth of liberal media bias is finally being challenged. Has the pendulum swung -- or do we all now live in the Savage Nation? Boston Phoenix, 03/13/03

THIS JUST IN: Technology
Bringing Emerson (and others) back to life. Boston Phoenix, 03/13/03

THIS JUST IN: Update
New Lydon series debuts this Sunday. Boston Phoenix, 03/13/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: Critical condition
Danny Schechter's world-focused Media Channel is a hit with readers, but funding woes force a "temporary hiatus." Boston Phoenix, 03/06/03

THIS JUST IN: Technology
"Look ma, no wires" at the BPL. Boston Phoenix, 03/06/03

DON'T QUOTE ME: Report charred
The UN weapons inspectors' report suggests that we take a more careful look at what we're up against in Iraq. But the media aren't looking. Boston Phoenix, 01/30/03

"ARE YOU WITH THE ATHEISTS?"
A Unitarian Universalist attends the annual conference of American Atheists "to get some sense of what it would be like, for the first time in my life, to be the most religious person on the premises." UU World, Jan.-Feb. 2003