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Clay Waters was director of Times Watch, a former project of the Media Research Center. His self-published whodunnit? is titled Death In The Eye.

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Safely tucked away on Page 2 of Monday's Business section is Katharine Seelye's "Editors Ponder How to Present a Broad Picture of Iraq," in which some newspaper editors admit they are hamstrung from covering good news in Iraq:



Current Washington Post Metro columnist (and former reporter) Marc Fisher was featured on a live chat last Thursday and was asked about the Post's participation in Freedom Walk, a September 11 rally for the troops sponsored by the Pentagon.



Buried on page 3 of today's Metro section (and apparently absent from the national edition entirely) is the NYT's first whisper of the financial scandal at left-wing radio network Air America. The crack NYT staff got to the story less than three weeks after the New York Daily News first picked up on it July 26.

Not that the headline or subhead of the Times' story actually mention "Air America." Instead it reads: "Bronx Boys Club's Finances Investigated -- Officials Look Into Loans Made to a Liberal Radio Network." The two words "Air America" presumably couldn't fit into that 15-word space.




With a little nudge from the White House, Sheryl Gay Stolberg partially corrects her faulty story from yesterday on the John Roberts' nomination.



Chutzpah defined, as the most influential newspaper in America criticizes the Bush administration for -- get this -- insufficiently publicizing Iraqi war heroes.



"After Bombings, Few Signs Of Similar Attacks in U.S." -- August 1 headline, New York Times.

"Assessments Find Threat of Suicide Attacks in U.S.” -- August 5 headline, New York Times.



American freelance journalist Steven Vincent has become the first American journalist to be attacked and killed in the Iraq War.

Unlike many (most?) journos covering the war in Iraq, Vincent supported the invasion, calling it part of a much larger campaign against "Islamo-fascism."


The Pentagon has admitted an "egregious" fault in using the same quote from an anonymous Iraqi in two press releases 11 days apart.

Besides one brief mention last week, however, there's been no comment from the New York Times, which is rather surprising -- or perhaps not, given the Times' own quote-recycling history.



NYT reporter Hassan Fattah touts a left-wing anti-war report on civilian casualties in Iraq, a Wednesday story topped with a headline that betrays none of the politicized controversy over the report. Instead the head lends the hodge-podge "report" (basically a collection of news clippings) a false sense of authority: "Civilian Toll in Iraq Is Placed at Nearly 25,000." As if it's the authorative word on the matter.



"Michael Moore, Truth Teller." -- July 18 headline in the NYT's art section.