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This Media Life Archive

February 23, 2004
Martha McCarthyism

Stewart is being tried not for her crimes (though crimes there may have been) but for who she is—rich, famous, and abusive to the help.

February 16, 2004
Circus Minimus

Hyped as a great public drama, the Martha Stewart trial was about as exciting as watching an accountant work. Then came Doug Faneuil—Candide in a suit.

February 9, 2004
Which Martha?

There’s the victim, and the schemer, the Connecticut white lady, and the career girl. So who is she? Tell us, and you’ll tell us who you are.

February 2, 2004
Us and Dem

Given a seemingly invincible opponent, winning isn’t the only thing for Dems. Rather, the candidates are fighting a battle for their party’s soul.

January 19, 2004
Right Timesman

David Brooks is the hothouse flower of the Times’ op-ed page—its token conservative. It’s a tough job, as he’s learning.

January 12, 2004
Lord in Vain

When Conrad Black became a press lord, then a real lord, his ambition seemed to be to leave the sullied world of business behind. Nice try.

December 22, 2003
Mean and Proud

Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter fight dirty. Al Franken fights dirty. So which side to join? Both are more interesting than the self-regard of the PBS center.

December 15, 2003
Reversal of Fortune

Call it the law of political gravity: What goes down (an economy, a president’s stature) must go up. So why are we always shocked when it happens?

December 1, 2003
The New Old Thing

Is the recent Net boom a real second coming or just a blip? Even the once-mighty new-media ruling class, back on top (sort of), isn’t pretending to know.

November 24, 2003
The Anti-Yuppies

Downwardly mobile chic is hot! Naked ambition is ugly! Success is passé! All true enough—but can the moralistic New Left win votes with this message?