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Just How Stupid Are We?

Monday, June 30th, 2008

On the way into teaching this morning, I was able to catch Barack Oama’s fine speech about patriotism on the radio. Listening to  Obama speak, one is reminded of what makes him — at least to me — quite an attractive candidates: he’s smart, he’s reflective and, miracle of miracles, he generally elevates, not lowers, […]

Nattering Nader

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Yikes! Looks like it’s a bit past time for Ralph Nader to hang up his spurs. His dead-ended candidacy this year already made no sense. As I suggested a few months back, if he wants to pressure Obama from the left — great. But do it in a way that counts and makes a difference […]

Come Back, Bob Dole

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Good news. At least for those who have to put up with me on a daily basis. I think I’m finally coming out of my funk. You know, my post-primary, post-partum blues. I as much as overdosed on schadenfreude, watching the prolonged, dizzying descent of the Clintons. Such an exhilarating high is bound to be […]

All Hail George Carlin, Dead at 71

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

There will be no state funeral for George Carlin as there was for Tim Russert. There will be no long line of dignitaries, pols, power brokers, media bigwigs or other assorted bloviating fools and hucksters eulogizing his sudden passing Sunday night. There will be no gaggle of the high and mighty publicly blubbering over what […]


Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

HuffPost’s OffTheBus has just launched “OffTheBus Listening Post.” We are now recording and uploading the daily Obama and McCain media conference calls so anyone –including you– can now hear firsthand how each 2008 presidential campaign interacts with the media to deliver (and spin) information. These calls are usually posted 60-90 minutes after they end. If […]

Drill This!

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Those who read this blog with any regularity know very well that I’m generally loathe to participate in knee-jerk partisanship. I can usually find as much to whine about the Democrats as about the Republicans. But in holding a long political conversation last night with a trusted friend, himself no choir boy for the Democrats, […]

The Campaign in 15 Words or Less

Monday, June 16th, 2008

I was fortunate enough to see the always fabulous George Carlin in Las Vegas Saturday night. He summed up the presidential race perfectly in two lines. “Just look at the bumperstickers,” he said. “Obama: Change You Can Believe In.  McCain: Get Off My Lawn!” Sweet.

Requiem for Pope Russert

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Tim Russert is dead. Long live Tim Russert! It should come as little surprise that, precisely at a time when the sanctimony of the Old Media stands threatened by blasphemes, bloggers and an increasingly agnostic public, the choirboys, priests and cardinals of the Media Church should treat the passing of a figure like Tim Russert […]


Thursday, June 12th, 2008

I cede this space, for the moment, to my good friend and blogfather Micah Sifry (and his partner Andrew Rasief for this brief essay on the way the web is changing our politics. Here’s a taste: We’ve lost count of all the national figures that have been affected by online activism. Millions of small donors, […]

Another Day On The Border

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

  A handful of weeks ago I spent some more time on the Arizona-Mexico border. And let me make it simple: after millions of words and a couple of billion dollars invested in the new super-duper fence very little has changed. Secure borders? Right! Mission Accomplished. Here’s my feature report.

Teed Off!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Oh no. John McCain might just have ruined my best laid plans. I explain: After much urging from colleagues and friends, I’ve been slowly mulling over the possibilty of trying my hand at…golf! Mind you, my only experience on the greens, to date, has been racking up nine or ten strokes trying to get a […]

On The Record and Off

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Here’s a debate between yours truly and the local chair of the Society for Professional Journalists as to what are the “rights” of politicians to be off the record in the digital age. As a teaser, here’s the question thrown me that spurred the exchange: Marc Extremely troubled by Mayhill Flowers’ item about Clinton’s indiscreet […]

And now, The WaPo Weighs in on Mayhill Fowler

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Howie Kurtz does a good job profiling Mayhill Fowler as well as trying to understand what citizen reporting is all about. Here’s the link.

The New York Times on New Media and Off The Bus

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

In Sunday’s Week in Review section, The New York Times scratches it, um, head over the role of new media in old journalism by focusing on Mayhill Fowler and our OffTheBus project. It’s not a bad piece by any means and –eventually– it gets around to the point. You can read it and make up […]

Mayhill Revealed

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

What a great election season it has been so far working at OffTheBus. If you haven’t been to our page recently, take a fresh look. We’ve got a great John McCain”News Hunt” going on. And over on the right hand side of the page, see our new battery of field repoter/columnists. Then, there’s Mayhill Fowler. […]

Lanny Boy

Friday, June 6th, 2008

You have to admit that for a card-carrying, charter and founding member of the Clintonphobe Society, this has been a simply marvelous couple of days. Right to the bitter end, Hillary’s uncontrollable self-obsession has produced one stumble after another and has, I think, effectively eliminated her from any serious consideration as a vice-presidential pick. With […]

The Post-Mortem

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Here’s my quick thoughts on Barack Obama’s victory: If there was one single moment this historic Tuesday night that was most fraught with the potential embodied in the political juncture, it transpired exactly at 6:01 p.m.  on the west coast. The polls had just closed in South Dakota as an oddly lit and physically laboring […]


Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

New York City — Tuesday Night I’m staying only a few minutes away from Baruch College where Hillary Clinton will, a bit later tonight, be making her final campaign speech. I thought about going to see it up close and personal but decided to watch the whole thing from under the comfy covers of my […]

Who’s Bitter Now?

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Man, you know the end is near. Bill Clinton is asked a simple question today out on the campaign trail and he goes bonkers, calling Vanity Fair writer, Todd Purdum, “a sleazy, slimy, scumbag.” The breathtakingly intrepid citizen reporter Mayhill Fowler got the story. And, yes, the audiotape too.  Amazing. Mr. Clinton, meanwhile, is apparently […]