Read Arianna's latest columns, posted every Wednesday morning, and explore all of her past columns in the archives.
Is Rove Going Down? Do the Mainstream Media Even Care?
(July 07, 2005)
How is it that the second most powerful man in America is about to take a fall and the mainstream media are largely taking a pass? Could it be that the fear of Karl Rove and this White House is so great that not even the biggest of the media big boys are willing to take them on? Does the answer to that one go without saying?
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Bush and Rummy's Tired Acts
(June 29, 2005)
If you could distill this administration down to one a single thing it would be this: a complete inability — indeed a pathological aversion — to changing course, even when the current course is taking us over the cliff.
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Just Say Noruba
(June 22, 2005)
I was thinking a lot over the weekend about the news and about how the news becomes the news, and then I read Jay Rosen's brilliant take on the Downing Street Memo coverage [to read Jay Rosen's whole piece go to huffingtonpost.com]. Rosen elaborates on Josh Marshall's assertion that "news stories have a 24-hour audition on the news stage, and if they don't catch fire in that 24 hours, there's no second chance." Rosen's theory is that blogs have become the news cycle's appeals court, and that the Downing Street Memo story is still alive because it won on appeal. And thank God. [ read more ]
Iraq: Not Your Father's Anti-War Movement
(June 15, 2005)
There is no guaranteed immunity for them. Rally round the president when the nation is at war is the American tradition — but only for a time. The Korean War forced Truman to pull out of the 1952 race. Vietnam forced Johnson to pull out in 1968. [ read more ]