Mar
01
2005

The Return of Deep Throat

Now he's a mainstream journalist, leaking stories to the alternative press

I remember the excitement I felt some years ago, working in Los Angeles at the L.A. Daily News or at TV station KCET, as I’d pursue a hot story—the corruption of a blatantly racist school board member, say, or the shooting of unarmed people by the LAPD. There was always the story itself, of course, but there was also the sense that if you didn’t get it in and get it right, you’d be beaten by the competition—usually the L.A. Times, in my case, or one of the local TV stations, which back in the 1970s still did a little […]

Mar
01
2005

SoundBites

If I Do Say So Myself Fox News’ commentary on George W. Bush's second inaugural address (1/20/05) included Weekly Standard editor William Kristol praising Bush for “a very eloquent speech...one of the most powerful speeches, one of the most impressive speeches, I think I’ve seen an American president give.” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer was also on hand to call the speech “revolutionary” and compare Bush to John F. Kennedy. Somehow both Kristol and Krauthammer forgot to mention that they had been called in as advisers to help craft the speech they now marveled at as a work of genius, […]

Mar
01
2005

Letters to the Editor

The Emperor's New Hump: An Exchange Having been directed to it by many of your readers, I have read Dave Lindorff's article about the Times' spiking of the John Schwartz/Andrew Revkin article on the apparent bulge beneath President Bush's suit during the first presidential debate. I consequently retrieved the original version of the story Mr. Lindorff mentions in his Extra! article, as it was submitted to the paper's top editors. At no point does it come anywhere near to "exposing how George W. Bush had worn an electronic cueing device in his ear and probably cheated during the presidential debates," […]