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  • December 28, 2005
    By webteam
    First off, Media Log is taking the rest of the between-holidays week off for a little R & R. Best wishes for a Happy New Year.

    And just to remind readers again, starting Jan. 4, you can find a new (and hopefully improved) Media Log at a new location at www.thephoenix.com/medialog. So please stay tuned.
  • December 28, 2005
    By webteam
    Wanna see what the most closely followed news stories of the past year were, at least according to the Pew Research Center? Number one is a no-brainer -- Hurricanes Katrina and Rita -- and here are the rest (scroll down in the survey.)

    It's interesting to see the relatively low ratings given to such overtly political issues as the Roberts Supreme Court nomination and the indictment of Scooter Libby.
  • December 28, 2005
    By webteam
    In case you missed it -- and care -- here's an excerpt from Tom Brokaw's and Ted Koppel's discussion on "Meet the Press" last Sunday with Tim Russert about whether the U.S. media should have done a better job in scrutinizing the administration's pre-war claims of WMD in Iraq.

    Both of them seem to let the mainstream media off pretty lightly, citing the lack of evidence to counter the administration's claims and the lack of a vigorous debate coming from the Democratic side of the aisle.

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  • December 27, 2005
    By webteam
    The Media Log computer will be undergoing (hopefully) some serious and long overdue repairs today. The Log will return ASAP, hopefully tomorrow.
  • December 23, 2005
    By webteam
    First off, happy holidays to everyone. (In Bill O'Reilly's book, I'm sure that sentiment makes me a foot solider in the war on Christmas.) Media Log will return next week.

    But because we are working on the Web site, starting Jan. 4, you can find a new (and hopefully improved) Media Log at www.thephoenix.com/medialog. We'll keep alerting folks to this, so stay tuned.
  • December 23, 2005
    By webteam
    It's no laughing matter who the late-night comedians joke about. Here from the Center for Media and Public Affairs is a rundown of the top 10 targets on the late night talk shows this past year. Bill Clinton finishes a distant third to Bush and Jacko, but given that he's been out of office for five years, I think you've got to admire his staying power.


  • December 23, 2005
    By webteam
    Just a question for anyone who watches CNN's "American Morning." How many IQ points does the network forfeit when Rick Sanchez substitutes -- as he is now -- for Miles O'Brien ? Is 25 too little, is 50 too much?
  • December 23, 2005
    By webteam
    Here, embedded in today's very fair and professional story
    by the Herald's Maggie Mulvihill, is the Herald's reaction to Judge Murphy's lawyers allegations that the paper is engaged in a publicity stunt.

    The Herald, in a statement released last night, said, "Judge Murphy realizes now that he has made a series of mistakes.


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  • December 22, 2005
    By webteam
    In a press conference late this afternoon, Judge Ernest Murphy's lawyer called the Boston Herald's decision to release letters from Murphy asking Herald publisher Pat Purcell to pay him more than $3 million dollars in the wake of a $2.1 million libel verdict, "a publicity stunt in an apparent attempt to continue the paper's campaign of libel against Judge Murphy."

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  • December 22, 2005
    By webteam
    No doubt about it. We are now in Round II of the Ernest Murphy/Boston Herald libel suit. Only this one is being waged not in Suffolk Superior Court, but in the court of public opinion.

    Round I was won by Murphy in February when a Suffolk County jury awarded the judge almost $2.1 million (not including interest) after concluding he had been libeled in 22 statements contained in a series of Herald stories or uttered on the Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor."

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  • December 21, 2005
    By webteam
    The news that the Chicago Sun-Times is shutting down Red Streak, the youth oriented commuter tabloid that it started up three years ago to combat the Chicago Tribune's version, the Red Eye, probably isn't of much interest to anyone outside the Windy City.

    I mention it only because one of the creators of the Red Streak gave me one of the most candid quotes of my career several years ago.

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  • December 21, 2005
    By webteam
    It's the libel case that keeps on giving. After the Boston Herald was whacked with a $2.1 million Suffolk County jury verdict for Judge Ernest Murphy in February, today's news is that the paper is looking to overturn that decision, citing Murphy's efforts to intimidate it into giving up its right to appeal.

    One notable difference between today's Herald story and Globe story is that the Globe was able to talk to Murphy attorney Howard Cooper while the Herald said Cooper could not be reached for comment.

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  • December 21, 2005
    By webteam
    The Johnny Damon signing by the New York Yankees didn't only catch the Red Sox front office by surprise. Here was yesterday's prescient headline in the New York Times sports section, never one of the paper's strong points and an area in which they get thrashed by the tabloids:

    Yankees Appear Unlikely to Make a Major Move



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  • December 21, 2005
    By webteam
    My friend, attorney and Phoenix contributor Harvey Silverglate has another view of the criticism of the Times's handling of the domestic spying story. Here's his passionate email:

    Correct me if I'm not seeing this right.
    The New York Times has broken an incredibly important story -- a
    story that was obviously going to provoke another leak investigation,





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  • December 20, 2005
    By webteam
    I have little doubt, as Ron Borges noted in yesterday's Globe story, that John Ruiz was the victim of another very questionable if not bogus overseas decision in his heavyweight title bout with the Russian giant, Nikolai Valuev.

    I give Borges, generally an excellent boxing writer, credit for finally toning down his lavish praise for the local product.

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