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  • September 26, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    This week's Phoenix included a short excerpt of a Q-and-A I did with Rory O'Connor, the media critic and author of Shock Jocks: Hate Speech and Talk Radio. Here--finally!--is a full transcript of my chat with O'Connor, who recently returned to Boston as a fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy.

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  • September 25, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Yes, today's lead Wall Street Journal editorial has bad things to say about both John McCain and Barack Obama's responses to the ongoing economic meltdown. But it also praises Obama's desire to hold Friday's presidential debate as scheduled:

    Mr. Obama was right on the merits, and politically shrewd, to respond to Mr.

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  • September 24, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    There may have been other cases in which the Globe editorialized online hours after a given story broke, but I can't think of any.

    In any case: the paper's editorial page has already weighed in on John McCain's proposal to cancel Friday's debate and grind the presidential campaign to a halt. An excerpt:

    McCain's desire to seize the initiative is understandable, for the meltdown on an ill-regulated Wall Street is the harshest indictment possible of Republican stewardship of the economy.

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  • September 24, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Here's the "Breaking News" update currently topping Reuters.com: "McCain says will suspend campaign to return to Washington Thursday to help with bailout negotiations, asks that Friday debate with Obama be postponed so bailout negotiations can continue."

    And here, linking to Reuters, is how Time's Mark Halperin describes the same development: "McCain suspends campaign, wants debate postponed."

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  • September 21, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    It's easy, when grappling with questions like how mortage-backed securities actually work, to lose sight of the fact that Wall Street's current crisis has moral as well as financial implications.

    So thank you, Joan Vennochi, for your column in today's Globe, which admirably captures that point. An excerpt:

    The country's conservative moralists shake their finger at low-income home buyers who dared to make a grab for a humble piece of the American dream.

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  • September 17, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Today's presidential must-read: a sharp piece by the AP's Glen Johnson that examines John McCain's deeply ambivalent relationship with Washington, D.C. The whole story is good, but the lede is pure genius:

    John McCain embraces and expels Washington like an accordion player belting out a song.

    Squeeze in and he touts his vast knowledge of the capital city.

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  • September 12, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    That's the obvious, racially charged subtext of this new, factually incorrect John McCain ad:

    One more reason to think the GOP knew exactly how the Sarah Palin pick would pan out.

  • September 12, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Some of the people who responded to my story in this week's Phoenix--which argues that John McCain's decision to run against the press is going to lead to tougher coverage of his campaign--lamented my suggestion that journalists do their jobs differently depending on how they're treated.

    Maybe we shouldn't, but we do.

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  • September 11, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Remember that FactCheck.org report which concluded (dubiously, I've argued) that Sarah Palin had been the victim of "sliming"?

    FactCheck now reports that the McCain campaign is misusing the report in question by suggesting, in a new ad, that the alleged "sliming" came from the Obama campaign. Here's how FactCheck puts it in its latest report, "McCain-Palin Distorts Our Finding":

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  • September 10, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Lipstick-gate is currently the top item on Google News. But if you look for the full quote that triggered it, you won't get it from Fox's latest write-up, or the Times's, or the Wall Street Journal's, or numerous others.

    This is a shame, because the quote in question makes it abundantly clear that Barack Obama did not, in fact, liken Sarah Palin to a pig.

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  • September 10, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Therein, I suggest that the answer is yes--and that the backlash will be decisive on Election Day.

  • September 10, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    At a moment when liberals and conservatives seem to have irreconcilable versions of reality--and the media deluge is so overwhelming that it's hard to separate spin from truth--FactCheck.org provides an absolutely vital service.

    But I wonder: did FactCheck go too far in saying that Sarah Palin has been the victim of "sliming"?

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  • September 07, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Apparently Sarah Palin is officially off limits to the press. ABC's Jake Tapper writes:

    Rick Davis, campaign manager for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., just told Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace that McCain running mate Gov. Sarah Palin won't subject herself to any tough questions from reporters "until the point in time when she'll be treated with respect and deference."

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  • September 07, 2008
    By Adam Reilly


    Because I thought John McCain stank it up last Thursday, I didn't find it too worrisome that more people watched his convention-closing speech than watched Barack Obama's the week before.

    Whoops. Gallup is reporting that McCain now leads Obama among registered voters, 48 percent to 45 percent. And that particular trend line looks ominous for the Democrats.


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  • September 04, 2008
    By Adam Reilly


    ST. PAUL--Suppose Sarah Palin had somehow ended up as the Republican presidential nominee this year. Suppose she’d picked John McCain as her running mate. And suppose he’d given the speech he did tonight. You know what people would be saying? “Crap. She should have gone with Giuliani.”

    McCain’s speech wasn’t a total failure.


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