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1999 ARCHIVES

By Dan Kennedy
Senior writer/media critic
The
Boston Phoenix

Last updated on August 10, 2000

The contents of this Web site are copyright © 1999 by Daniel D. Kennedy. The articles listed on this page are copyright © 1999 by the Boston Phoenix, Inc. All rights reserved.


December 31, 1999

GAME, SET, MATCH
The big news of 1999 is that the 2000 presidential race has already been decided. The loser: you.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Gays, marriage, and religious "truth."

December 24, 1999

THIS JUST IN: As the Globe turns
Tales from the naked newsroom.

December 17, 1999

DON'T QUOTE ME: Choice and consequences
Reaction to the Globe's striking series on a girl with Down syndrome. Plus, bias on the right, and Andrew Sullivan crosses the line.

THIS JUST IN: Media
The end of the news as we know it.

December 10, 1999

DON'T QUOTE ME: New Age conservative
The Union Leader's new editorialist is young, female, and thoughtful -- the antithesis of the vitriolic men who've held the position in the past.

December 3, 1999

DON'T QUOTE ME: Sex and sensibilities
The Hillsdale College scandal reveals rifts on the right. Plus, Net radio boosts do-it-yourself media, and George W.'s dirty trick.

THIS JUST IN: Media
God, magazines, and malpractice.

November 26, 1999

DON'T QUOTE ME: Ex Post facto
The Washington Post Company-NBC News partnership joins a much-admired news organization with two of the richest companies on earth. But what's good for the media moguls is bad news for the rest of us.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Clean Elections and the demise of talk radio.

November 19, 1999

DON'T QUOTE ME: Rebel geek
The media's fascination with Bill Gates reflects the myth of the entrepreneur as romantic outlaw.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Radioactive hype from the Moyers connection.

November 12, 1999

CLIFFHANGER
The Boston Herald is better than ever, and publisher Pat Purcell says it's profitable and financially secure. So why is circulation falling like a rock? And -- more important -- what can Purcell do to keep his paper alive?

THIS JUST IN: Media
Howard Kurtz chastises Globe's "sleight of hand."

November 5, 1999

THE BEST: Local heroes
Citizens' Media Corps.

THIS JUST IN: Free speech
Public to First Amendment: Drop dead.

October 29, 1999

DON'T QUOTE ME: Missing pieces
The Globe's Mickey Roache revelations were incomplete -- especially where the Globe's own actions were concerned. Plus, Fells Acres myths and reality.

THIS JUST IN: Media
A changing of the guard at the AP.

October 22, 1999

DON'T QUOTE ME: NY state of mind
The New York Times Company scoops up the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and protects its investment in the Boston Globe. But will the T&G become a better paper under Times ownership?

THIS JUST IN: Media
She's gonna make that Angel hers.

October 15

DON'T QUOTE ME: Solo practitioner
Mickey Kaus takes to the Web. Plus, why no one's talking about Talk, and Brian McGrory tries something new (no, it's not the revised sketch over his column).

THIS JUST IN: Media
Talking back to corporate monopolists.

October 8

DON'T QUOTE ME: Raging moderate
Margaret Marshall is a favorite of the liberal elite, but her background shows that she puts pragmatism and ambition ahead of ideological purity.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Keeping score at the New Republic.

October 1

DON'T QUOTE ME: Thinking big
Two very different books share one vision: the renewal of civic life through a genuinely democratic media.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Bracing for change at the Atlantic.

September 24

DON'T QUOTE ME: He said, he Said
Revelations about a leading Palestinian rejectionist have sparked controversy across the world -- and in the offices of the Boston Globe and the New Republic.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Radio in the park.

September 17

THE TWO FACES OF OLYMPIA SNOWE AND SUSAN COLLINS
Their moderate approaches to policy are matched by a keen sense of political calculation -- sometimes to the detriment of their constituents. (Published in the debut issue of the Portland Phoenix.)

September 10

THIS JUST IN: Media
The death -- and rebirth? -- of MediaGossip.com

September 3

MAN OF THE LEFT
Victor Navasky's new Ken Starr farce deserved a better fate. But Navasky, the man who reinvigorated the Nation, knows better than most that it's not always the size of the audience that counts.

THIS JUST IN: Kinsley watch
Coming soon to a computer near you?

August 27

DON'T QUOTE ME: Between the lines
Now that the frenzy over the Bush cocaine story has abated, W. should say what he's done -- and what he intends to do about our phony 'war on drugs.'

THIS JUST IN: Media
Who was that mystery photog?

August 20

MILD-MANNERED HATEMONGER
J. Edward Pawlick says he just wants to provoke a discussion. So why is he scaring the hell out of the people he hopes to engage?

THIS JUST IN: Media
The Atlantic versus the slave redeemers, round 2

August 13

DON'T QUOTE ME: Fear strikes out
When abstract evil hits home.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Irreconcilable differences at the Globe.

THIS JUST IN: Barnicle watch
Mike to air on WSJZ.

August 6

DON'T QUOTE ME: Talk show
Tina Brown proves she can still generate that old-time buzz. But can she put her money-losing days behind her?

THIS JUST IN: Globe watch
It's the pipeline, stupid; Jacoby trips up.

July 30

DON'T QUOTE ME: Cash and carry
The real scandal in public broadcasting is the way corporations influence what gets run -- and what doesn't.

THIS JUST IN: Media watch
The NY mags' Kennedy state of mind.

THIS JUST IN: Tooting our own horn
Dan Kennedy wins National Press Club award.

July 23

DON'T QUOTE ME: John and George
Kennedy liked to say his magazine was about the confluence of politics and pop culture. The truth is that it was always about himself.

THE CULT OF THE PALM PILOT
When the Internet invades our shirt pockets, it's time to worry.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Navel-gazing over the Taylors.

July 16

DON'T QUOTE ME: Taylor unmade
The demise of the Globe's ruling family portends big changes at 135 Morrissey Boulevard.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Blowing deadline with Al Neuharth.

July 9

DON'T QUOTE ME: Touched by a/k/a Angel
A close encounter, once removed, with a suspected serial killer. Plus, how the Herald found 'The Lost Boy,' and Brill's latest cheap-shot victim: Mike Barnicle.

July 2

THE SECOND ANNUAL MUZZLE AWARDS
10 who undermined free speech.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Black and white and blue all over.

June 25

DON'T QUOTE ME: Up from slavery
The Atlantic Monthly fuels a debate over buying slaves their freedom. Plus, the Globe goes all-out in Kosovo, and George Will's free ride continues.

THIS JUST IN: As the Globe turns
A Golden handshake that no one wants.

June 18

THE TWO FACES OF HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
The public loves the stand-by-your-man wife, but she's not running. Welcome, once again, the cookie-dissing, Whitewater-dissembling, health-care-botching "equal partner" who nearly set off a culture war during her husband's first term.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Steven Brill's bullet-stained dress.

June 11

LONE RANGERS
At one time, Web magazines such as Slate and Salon were hailed as harbingers of a new media order. Today they're pulling in readers but hemorrhaging money -- and no one is following in their footsteps. What's going on?

THIS JUST IN: Media notes
The American Prospect gets ready for the big time.

June 4

DON'T QUOTE ME: Mogul-jumping
The biographer of magazine magnate S.I. Newhouse Jr. takes on some powerful media icons. Too bad her case is so weak.

THIS JUST IN: Gosh, we're good
In praise of Barnicle-bashing. (The Phoenix's official announcement of my winning the 1999 award for media reporting from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.)

May 28

THE MEDIA WAR
Documenting Milosevic's evil crusade was the easy part. Now comes the harder task: illuminating the way out. Plus, the New York Times' Anthony Lewis vs. the Boston Globe's James Carroll.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Jeff Jacoby's historical rewrite.

May 14

DON'T QUOTE ME: Direct access
The Internet will kill cable TV as we know it -- and that can't happen a moment too soon.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Howard Stern's protective layer of hypocrisy.

May 7

DON'T QUOTE ME: Chomp, chomp
Times Mirror swallows the Advocate weeklies, raising serious questions about the future of the alternative press.

THIS JUST IN: Talk radio
Who'll fill in when Brudnoy cuts back?

April 30

WHAT, ME WORRY?
With the scandals on hold and crises at hand, 16 political, social, and cultural observers look at whether Bill Clinton knows what he's doing.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Tastelessness compounded by bad timing.

April 16

DON'T QUOTE ME: Pulitzer Lite
Dumbing down with Maureen Dowd and the AP. Plus, Peter Canellos's poison pen, and Ruth Shalit says good-bye to all that.

April 9

DON'T QUOTE ME
Globe and Herald squeeze as economy soars.

April 2

WAVES OF DOUBT
Get ready for the environmental battle of the next decade: the fight against electromagnetic fields. Cell phones and broadcast antennas are only part of a problem that could threaten us all.

DON'T QUOTE ME
The Herald skips its own minority job fair.

March 26

THIS JUST IN: Media
Mush from the wimps.

March 19

THIS JUST IN: Slaves for sale
A Boston ad agency teams up with an anti-slavery organization for some compelling, and disturbing, advocacy.

March 12

DON'T QUOTE ME: Say anything
The knee-jerk reaction to the 60 Minutes Woodward report reflects public cynicism over scientists-for-hire. Plus, the difference between Larry Flynt and Len Downie. (Hint: not much.)

March 5

DON'T QUOTE ME: Iron Mike
Barnicle shows some heart -- and some leg -- in his big TV comeback.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Jon Keller leaves the Herald.

THIS JUST IN: From the foreign desk
Guatemala, genocide, and the Globe.

February 26

DON'T QUOTE ME: Teflon scoundrel
Right-wing rants have inoculated Clinton against more-serious allegations. Plus, the return of "The Nuremberg Files," and the end of the Maine Times.

February 19

DON'T QUOTE ME: Na‘vet» dot com
Taking issue with the Times' Amazon expos»-that-wasn't. Plus, Christopher Hitchens shows some guts -- and gets disemboweled.

THIS JUST IN: Media
The Herald loses two veteran reporters.

February 12

DON'T QUOTE ME: After the honeymoon
The national media have given John McCain their unconditional love. As he tests the presidential waters, that's about to change.

THIS JUST IN: Media
The New Yorker ignores leukemia in Woburn.

February 5

DON'T QUOTE ME: Immaterial girl
Deconstructing the mean-spirited nihilism of Maureen Dowd.

THIS JUST IN: Media
At the Globe, nowhere to go but sideways.

January 29

DON'T QUOTE ME: Bush league
John Ellis may be the Globe's most intriguing op-ed columnist. He's certainly the best connected.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Race and unreason in the liberal press.

January 22

DON'T QUOTE ME: Comeback kid?
Mike Barnicle returns to Channel 5's Chronicle amid well wishes from his friends -- and jeers from the newsroom.

THIS JUST IN: Media
No news is bad news at One Herald Square.

January 15

DON'T QUOTE ME: Code of silence
Explaining the media's disdain for the phony Clinton love-child story. Plus, the Herald and the Globe do battle over Fenway, and two slices of newspaper history.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Giving a boost to community radio.

January 8

DON'T QUOTE ME: Fidelity rules
The Globe's blowup with the mutual-fund giant is just the latest example of the company's paranoid style of media relations.

THIS JUST IN: An uncivil action
Former Woburn tanner sues author, publishers.

January 1

POLITICS: Larry Flynt, All-American
A notorious pornographer brings the political and media establishment to its hypocritical knees.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Brian McGrory's self-indulgent overreaction.

THIS JUST IN: A civil reaction
Schlichtmann, Woburn mother to speak at forum.