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DON'T QUOTE ME: Feed your head
Podcasting is DIY radio for programmers and listeners alike. Will it save us from corporate radio? Or further isolate us inside our own miniature media worlds? Boston Phoenix, 12/31/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Unlikely crusader
How libertarian technocrat Michael Powell saved his career - and lost his soul. Boston Phoenix, 12/24/04

OUR POLS, OURSELVES
Jack Beatty on politics, great political writers, and what the past has to say about the era of George W. Bush. Boston Phoenix, 12/17/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Faces of death
Why that video of a Marine shooting an Iraqi insurgent has already begun to fade. Boston Phoenix, 12/3/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Howell of pain
Seth Mnookin's book on the New York Times shows how an editor's narcissism nearly destroyed the world's greatest newspaper. Boston Phoenix, 11/26/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Media war
From the New York Times to Al-Jazeera, the press tries to make sense of the battle for Fallujah. Boston Phoenix, 11/19/04

AXIS OF EVIL
Meet the new Republican senators. Five of them hope to make your worst nightmares come true. Boston Phoenix, 11/12/04

BLUE IN A RED AMERICA
The values of Red America are ascendant: Fear, intolerance, and an insistence on imposing a pinched notion of morality on everybody else. Boston Phoenix, 11/5/04

POST-ELECTION THOUGHTS (pdf file)
The media, the Internet, and the 2004 presidential campaign. Northeastern University lecture, 11/3/04

TUNING OUT THE NEWS
Is youth turning off the news media - or vice versa? Bostonia magazine, fall 2004

DON'T QUOTE ME: Cone of silence
From the Patriot Act to presidential records, George W. Bush has presided over an unprecedented rise in government secrecy. Boston Phoenix, 10/29/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: The Cheney myth
The veep's reputation is that of "the evil genius." His record at Halliburton, though, reveals him to be nothing more than a corrupt, incompetent hack. Boston Phoenix, 10/22/04

THIS JUST IN: Media
What's next for WBUR? With Ian Donnis. Boston Phoenix, 10/15/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Waves of anxiety
What's next for WBUR and Jane Christo, its embattled general manager? Plus, polling pugilistics, and liberal radio comes to Boston. Boston Phoenix, 10/8/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: What Rather wrought
CBS's hapless anchor didn't just screw up - he fulfilled every paranoid fantasy of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. Boston Phoenix, 10/1/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Sound and fury
WBUR dumps its Rhode Island stations, lays off employees, and downsizes Here and Now. It's time for Boston University, its license-holder, to demand some answers. With Ian Donnis. Boston Phoenix, 9/24/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Bush's turn
Finally, the media turn their sights on the president. But Kerry supporters shouldn't get too excited by the claims of gossip diva Kitty Kelley and a flawed CBS report. Boston Phoenix, 9/17/04

WAKE-UP CALL
Fight back! Talk about science! And did we say fight back? Five ideas for John Kerry to get back into the race. Boston Phoenix, 9/10/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: GOP-TV
Stuck inside Republican hell with the "fair and balanced" Fox News Channel. Boston Phoenix, 9/3/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Revisiting the scene of the crime
Thanks to reforms undertaken after Bush's 537-vote, no-recount victory over Al Gore, the Florida fiasco of 2000 couldn't happen again. Could it? Boston Phoenix, 8/27/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Secret agents
From Washington to Providence, reporters face jail for not giving up their sources. But what, exactly, does the government hope to accomplish? Boston Phoenix, 8/20/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: The math needed to beat Bush
As few as 10 states could determine the election. At the moment, Kerry's electoral count looks better than his popular vote. Boston Phoenix, 8/13/04

THIS JUST IN: Media
Globe trims budget as ad revenues drop. Boston Phoenix, 8/13/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Blood from stones
A blogger digs up the unexpected: political contributions from journalists. Plus, Kerry and that $87 billion, and a massive failure of intelligence. Boston Phoenix, 8/6/04

THE KUMBAYA PARTY
George W. Bush has united the Democrats. Now it's up to John Kerry and John Edwards to translate that unity into victory. Boston Phoenix, 7/30/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Who's who in the media
A delegate's guide to the ups, downs, ins, and outs of Boston's feisty political press. Plus, 10 national figures to watch. Boston Phoenix, 7/23/04

THIS JUST IN: Media
The return of the Nigerien yellowcake. Boston Phoenix, 7/16/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: That '90s show
Its dubious literary merits aside, Bill Clinton's My Life sparks nostalgia for a decade of peace, prosperity, and presidential sex. Boston Phoenix, 7/9/04

THE SEVENTH ANNUAL MUZZLE AWARDS
Ten who undermined free speech and personal liberties. Boston Phoenix, 7/2/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Steyn's way
Write, twist, smear, and sneer. Repeat! Meet Mark Steyn, the most toxic right-wing pundit you've never heard of. Boston Phoenix, 6/18/04

THIS JUST IN: Media
The obit desk meets the undead. Boston Phoenix, 6/11/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Miller's Times
The Gray Lady confesses its sins in hyping Iraq's nonexistent weapons capabilities and terrorist ties. So what took so long? Boston Phoenix, 6/4/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Tipping point
The horrors at Abu Ghraib have finally changed how the media report on the war - and on the president who started it. Boston Phoenix, 5/28/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: The big story
With Iraq taking center stage, other news gets squeezed. Plus, Danny Schechter goes public, Spare Change News goes pro, and the Globe goes porn. Boston Phoenix, 5/21/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Angel and whore
Jessica Lynch and Lynndie England - the damsel in distress and the castrating bitch - symbolize our shifting perceptions of the war in Iraq. Boston Phoenix, 5/14/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Stuck in neutral
With the Kerry campaign spinning its wheels, some Democrats are worried - while Republicans are positively gleeful. Boston Phoenix, 5/7/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Bob and Dubya
Woodward's Plan of Attack is kinder and gentler than not to Bush. But while Plan and other political titles are hot, few voters' minds are likely to be changed. Boston Phoenix, 4/30/04

THIS JUST IN: Media
Jay Severin's Muslim moment. Boston Phoenix, 4/30/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Money screams
Thirty years of campaign-finance reform have brought us confusion, loopholes, cynicism, and an erosion of free speech. It's time to try something new. Boston Phoenix, 4/23/04

THIS JUST IN: Free speech
What would Thomas Jefferson say? Boston Phoenix, 4/23/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Debacle in Iraq
A spate of recent books and articles shows that all this could have been prevented - from the dishonest rationale for war to the arrogant, incompetent occupation. Boston Phoenix, 4/16/04

THIS JUST IN: Media
DNC study sparks harsh words. Boston Phoenix, 4/16/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Heart of darkness
The terrible images from Fallujah are destined to become icons of the war in Iraq. But what, exactly, are they trying to tell us? Boston Phoenix, 4/9/04

THIS JUST IN: Media
A Pulitzer for wartime truth-telling. Boston Phoenix, 4/9/04

A TALE OF TWO PAPERS
Boston's dueling dailies, the Globe and the Herald, have entered a new phase of their long rivalry - one that threatens to consign the Herald to irrelevance. Boston Phoenix, 4/2/04

THIS JUST IN: Follow-up
Wal-Mart wavers on anti-war video. Boston Phoenix, 4/2/04

THIS JUST IN: Media
Retailing the case against war. Boston Phoenix, 3/26/04

THIS JUST IN: Terrorism
For whom would bin Laden vote? Boston Phoenix, 3/19/04

DON'T QUOTE ME: Indecent proposal
Media moguls are sacrificing free speech on the altar of corporate empire-building. Boston Phoenix, 3/12/04.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Welcome to the Herald, Mike! Boston Phoenix, 3/12/04.

AND THEN THERE WAS ONE
The Democratic presidential-nomination contest ends. John Kerry's next challenge: Surviving the pre-convention months without getting destroyed by the GOP's flying monkeys. Boston Phoenix, 3/5/04

THIS JUST IN: Media
At the Herald, the musical chairs haven't stopped. Boston Phoenix, 3/5/04

DICK CHENEY'S NIGERIAN NIGHTMARE
Investigators in three countries are probing an alleged $180 million bribe involving Halliburton. How long can the veep keep this tale of international sleaze from dominating the news? Boston Phoenix, 2/27/04

THIS JUST IN: Media
Brudnoy plots his latest comeback. Boston Phoenix, 2/27/04

SEX, LIES, AND REPUBLICANS
Drudge shoots and misses. But Bush's allies are attacking Kerry with everything from a phony Jane Fonda photo to a sickening attack on triple amputee Max Cleland. Boston Phoenix, 2/20/04

SAFE FOR NOW
A surprise filibuster defeats an anti-gay-marriage amendment &emdash; and sets off a wild celebration. BostonPhoenix.com, 2/13/04

TALKING POLITICS: Target: JFK
George W. Bush is having a rough stretch, but the Republicans know how to fight back: By casting John Forbes Kerry as a gay-loving, fire-hydrant-moving, liberal elitist. Boston Phoenix, 2/13/04

THIS JUST IN: The primaries
John Kerry and the living dead. Boston Phoenix, 2/13/04

WHAT A FREAK SHOW
Debating democracy and religion at the State House. BostonPhoenix.com, 2/12/04

PRIMARY FINDINGS: The plot shifts
Kerry's chain of victories has become old news. Now he's got to define himself before the Republicans - and the media - do it for him. Boston Phoenix, 2/6/04

THIS JUST IN: Media
The press and the front-runner. Boston Phoenix, 2/6/04

DEBATING JOHN KERRY
Dan Kennedy and Jon Keller on the merits of the Democratic front-runner. The New Republic Online, 1/30/04

TALKING POLITICS: Next stop: Super Tuesday
John Kerry has made one of the most impressive comebacks in modern politics. Can he sustain the momentum through the South? Boston Phoenix, 1/30/04

THIS JUST IN: Media
A grateful CBS pays its White House dues. Boston Phoenix, 1/30/04

A BRAND-NEW CAMPAIGN
After Kerry's Iowa surprise, the Democrats hit New Hampshire running. Boston Phoenix, 1/23/04.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Paul O'Neill and the price of truth. Boston Phoenix, 1/23/04.

DON'T QUOTE ME: Between the covers
The Democratic candidates' campaign books say much about who they are and why they're running. And Edwards's is actually a good read. Boston Phoenix, 1/16/04

THIS JUST IN: Media
Bookmarking Dean on the issues. Boston Phoenix, 1/16/04

FACING THE FINISH LINE
One the front-runner, John Kerry battles to keep his presidential bid alive. Boston Phoenix, 1/9/04

THIS JUST IN: Media
Up, down, out, and back - NarcoNews.com returns. Boston Phoenix, 1/9/04

EXILES ON MAIN STREET
The year 2004 is likely to be a good one for Bush and the Republicans - and bad news for progressive causes. Boston Phoenix, 1/2/04

THIS JUST IN: Mad cow
An alternative theory about what causes it. Boston Phoenix, 1/2/04