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2000 ARCHIVES

By Dan Kennedy
Senior writer/media critic
The
Boston Phoenix

Last updated on December 28, 2000

The contents of this Web site are copyright © 2000 by Daniel D. Kennedy. The articles listed on this page are copyright © 2000 by the Boston Phoenix, Inc., unless otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.


December 28

YEAR IN REVIEW: Reality bursts dot-com bubble
But the Internet is better than ever.

THIS JUST IN: Free speech
Boston and Cambridge librarians to debate.

December 21

DON'T QUOTE ME: Racial divide
Bush won because hundreds of African-Americans in Florida weren't allowed to vote. Now he's got to live with the consequences.

WEB EXTRA: The Grinch and Pat Purcell
60 union employees picket the Herald, seeking renewed contract talks and better medical benefits.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Hillary's critics and the Wright connection.

THIS JUST IN: Rough starts
W. has company.

December 14

THIS JUST IN: Media
How a passive media helped Bush win. (Update of December 11 item for the Phoenix's print edition.)

December 11

WEB EXTRA: Co-conspirators
By covering Bush's post-campaign as though it were politics-as-usual, the media are complicit in his attempted theft.

December 1

THIS JUST IN: Media
Hypocrisy on the editorial pages.

November 17

BEYOND THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE
Some common-sense ideas for reforming our antiquated voting system.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Jack Thomas's comic obsession.

November 13, 2000

WEB EXTRA: Close call
Don't blame competition-crazed network execs for the double-clutch in Florida. Blame those botched ballots instead.

November 10, 2000

WEB EXTRA: The Bush coup
Gore won the election. So why are the pundits calling on him to concede?

DON'T QUOTE ME: Count on it
The Bush-Gore squeaker was the inevitable result of an artificial, manufactured contest, passively covered by a media too lazy to challenge it.

THIS JUST IN: As the Globe turns
Thinking outside the (big) box; column cutting.

November 3, 2000

WEB EXTRA: Bush's DWI: Two views
A ridiculous little non-story.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Jeff Jacoby returns.

October 27, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Gone to the dogs
Voters are disengaged, and the media are restive and unhappy about it. But don't blame the moronic undecideds -- blame it on a post-political system that rewards money, moderation, and mush.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Third parties come to PBS; Giordano's AP exposÈ.

October 20, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: The image makers
The Middle East horror underscores an essential truth about the media: pictures trump context.

THIS JUST IN: How Gore blew it
The veep destroys Bush once again. But after eight years in office, it seems, too many people just don't like him.

October 13, 2000

WEB EXTRA: Default mode
Bush is back in the lead, as he has been for most of the past year. Blame Gore, of course -- but blame the media as well.

DON'T QUOTE ME: Howell's dilemma
The media won't cover her extensively because she's going to lose. And she's going to lose, in part, because the media won't cover her extensively.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Newsweek and news-this-week.

October 6, 2000

WEB EXTRA: Smushed Bush
Cheney's performance last night underscores his running mate's shortcomings.

DON'T QUOTE ME: Spinning W.'s L
Bush was brutal, but the media -- wanting to be fair and cowed by an ignorant public -- pronounce him fit to serve.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Making sense of the Herald's suburban push.

September 29, 2000

WEB EXTRA: Fidelity calls it quits
Boston Herald publisher Pat Purcell buys mutual-fund giant's 100-plus Community Newspaper chain.

DON'T QUOTE ME: Behind the facelift
The Globe's redesign is part of a larger agenda: transforming the paper into a more profitable enterprise. It's not sexy. But if it works, the paper may avoid the fate of its downsized peers.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Sneering from atop the New Yorker.

September 22, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Dr. Debate
Northeastern's Alan Schroeder talks about 40 years of televised debates -- and about the upcoming slugfest between Gore and Bush.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Silber's attempted coup; plus, map flap.

September 15, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Judging Lopez
A high-profile female judge + a transgendered perp + a victim whose story can't be checked out = a memorably gruesome media orgy.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Easy on the eyes.

September 1, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Flinging the p-word
A fill-in columnist for the Globe's Jeff Jacoby is hit with bogus charges of (you guessed it) plagiarism.

THIS JUST IN: Media notes
Slick Willie returns; the Atlantic's expats; rating Jay Carr.

August 25, 2000

THIS JUST IN: Media
The Herald sticks by a flawed exclusive.

August 18, 2000

BABY BILLS
Gore wants to be seen as the rightful inheritor of Clinton's legacy. But it's Bush who reminds voters of Clinton's easygoing affability -- and Gore who conjures up the dark side.

August 14 through 18, 2000

DAILY DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION UPDATES
The Phoenix is in Los Angeles this week, filing daily for BostonPhoenix.com from the Democratic National Convention.

August 11, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Saint Joseph
Some tough questions might dent Lieberman's halo. Plus, the latest on Mike Barnicle and Jeff Jacoby, and the veepstakes claim a victim: the Herald.

August 4, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: No news is bad news
The media whine about the no-news convention and miss the real story: The public's profound alienation from politics.

July 31 through August 4, 2000

DAILY REPUBLICAN CONVENTION UPDATES
My Phoenix colleague Seth Gitell and I are in Philadelphia and filing daily for BostonPhoenix.com. New stuff goes up every morning between 10 and 11 a.m.

July 28, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Whose rights?
What's behind the nasty struggle between the Boston Globe and its freelance contributors?

July 21, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Changing the rules
More evidence that the Globe held Jeff Jacoby to a different standard. Plus, the Herald's quest for diversity, and golden oldies at the American Prospect.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Radio's future -- global or local?

July 14, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Cruel and unusual
Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby paid far too high a price for an unintentional lapse of judgment.

THIS JUST IN: Freedom of speech
Hey, you don't hate us quite so much.

July 7, 2000

THIS JUST IN: Personally
Scouts, gays, and the illogic of the law.

June 30, 2000

THE THIRD ANNUAL MUZZLE AWARDS
10 who undermined freedom of speech and personal liberties.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Al Gore, silent angel of death.

June 23, 2000

THE GEEK WE LOVE TO HATE
Some extremely random observations and outrageous digressions about our cultural obsession with Bill Gates.

June 16, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Slash dot-com
Salon's financial woes nix the dream of IPO riches for journalists. So what works online? Try small, passionate, and cheap.

THIS JUST IN: Media
The mother of all denials.

BOOKS: What a deal
The FBI, the Devil, and Bill Weld.

WIN-WIN
Phoenix takes five in Phoenix.

June 9, 2000

THIS JUST IN: Media
Servicing the online porn industry.

June 2, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Town crier
A small-town publisher pushes local officials to conduct the public's business in public.

THIS JUST IN: Media
At Boston, a staff under stress.

THIS JUST IN: Web extra
Jeff Jacoby, James Madison, and the First Amendment.

May 26, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Banned by Boston
Behind the sudden departure of editor Craig Unger. Plus, the Ledger goes on the block (again); Herald publisher Pat Purcell says he's interested.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Barnicle gets the Mugger treatment.

May 19, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Battle lines
In the wake of the AP and New Yorker controversies, some reflections on the uneasy relationship between journalism and war.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Calling off the cybercensors at Fidelity's newspapers.

May 12, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Screen greens
Erin Brockovich and Jan Schlichtmann are battling over Salem's toxic power plant. More intriguing, though, is Schlichtmann's battle with himself.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Putting the public back in public broadcasting.

May 5, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Fleet street
A Herald reporter's suspension illuminates a larger issue: the media's obligation to provide tough, ongoing coverage of a financial behemoth.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Running scared.

April 24-27, 2000

THE BREAKFAST TABLE
With Cynthia Cotts of the Village Voice. From
Slate.

April 21, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Fire on the left
A dispute over Project Censored illuminates the fissures within the alternative press.

April 14, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Editorial privilege
New Globe publisher Richard Gilman faces his first big test: choosing someone to lead the paper's opinion pages.

THIS JUST IN: Media
The Big Dig and the so-called power of the press.

April 7, 2000

THIS JUST IN: Media
Antitrust coverage, then and now.

March 31, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Gay and wired
PlanetOut's bold move shows that community, not content, is king. Plus, voting on the Net, and Disney sees the open-access light.

March 24, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Let us prey
From politicians to the pope, an unprecedented religious war of words has infected the culture -- and the media.

THIS JUST IN: Pundit's purple majesty
The wit and wisdom of David Nyhan.

THIS JUST IN: Media
What did Michael Skakel really say?

March 17, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Artistic offense
A writer, a Web site, and a violent fantasy raise some disquieting questions about free speech in the workplace.

March 10, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: A political death foretold
By the time John McCain joined Bill Bradley on the sidelines, his demise had already been predicted, inspected, and dissected.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Allston-Brighton community radio returns.

March 3, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: The Big Dig misconception
To read the Herald and the Globe, you'd think that Boston's dailies were engaged in a classic muckraking battle. Ha! It's the Wall Street Journal that's setting the pace.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Heading for the exits at CNC.

February 25, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Dial 'M' for media
Danny Schechter fights the power with a new Web venture. Plus, John McCain spams the Net, and talk radio shows signs of life.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Michael Kelly's cautious Atlantic debut.

February 18, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: The love bus
On the road with John McCain -- and the media horde that adores him. Plus, trailing George W. Bush.

THIS JUST IN: Media
At the Herald, a difficult judgment call.

SELF-PROMO: We're number one
The Phoenix is honored by the New England Press Association.

February 11, 2000

WEB SPECIAL: Bush -- or McCain -- country?
Tacking right in the heart of the Confederacy.

DON'T QUOTE ME: The accidental primaries
How the media can make a difference in the campaign that wasn't supposed to matter.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Have you seen the Globe today?

February 4, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Fidelity's last stand
Ten years on, the company's community newspapers are beset by layoffs, poor community relations, and poisonous morale. Can this empire be saved?

NEW HAMPSHIRE: The spin
The pundits have spoken -- and they hate Bush and Gore.

THIS JUST IN: Media
A couple of joint resolutions on Al Gore.

January 28, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: It ain't over
Iowa speaks, and the pundits rush to judgment. But first there's the small matter of the primaries.

THIS JUST IN: Media
John McCain and the FCC: And now, the rest of the story.

January 21, 2000

DON'T QUOTE ME: Virtually revealing
Presidential candidates' Web sites reflect the strengths and weirdnesses of each challenger.

THIS JUST IN: Media
James Fallows goes to work for an old critic.

January 14, 2000

SLICK BILLY
Bill Bradley has cloaked himself in the aura of authenticity. The reality is that he, like Al Gore, is just another pol.

THIS JUST IN: Media
A silver lining to the AOL-Time Warner cloud.

January 7, 2000

TECHNOLOGY: Net loss
The cable companies, led by giant AT&T, want to turn the Internet into their own private cash register. And the government's doing nothing to stop them.

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 28, 1999

FORGET NEW HAMPSHIRE
From the
New York Press. (Second item.)

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.