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November 4, 2002
Tina and Sympathy

You were feeling sorry for Tina Brown because Talk died? Don't. As a columnist, she's found the best way yet to reward friends, punish enemies, and, yes, keep her buzzy brand alive.

October 28, 2002
War, Simplified

While others agonize over whether attacking Iraq is just, Bush presses on with his Just Do It doctrine. Think of it as the new foreign policy of intellectual disengagement.

October 21, 2002
I Love Martha

If Martha Stewart gets sent away, I'll miss not only her but her genius business model: a media empire built around the idea that Martha could be paid to be Martha.

October 14, 2002
Mouse, Trapped

Michael Eisner's greatest talent, we're all suddenly realizing, is for self-preservation. In the age of disposable corporate culture, he's made himself immortal by taking Disney hostage.

September 30, 2002
Meet Barry Buffett

Suddenly, it seems like the Universal Studios chieftain has more than a little in common with the Oracle of Omaha: In his un-mogulness, he's become mythic, invincible, and all-knowing.

September 23, 2002
Class Dismissed

The journalism school needed a dean, but Columbia's new president called off the search -- because what the J-school really needs is a clue. Welcome to the Ivy League's latest class war.

May 20, 2005
War Games

It's a brilliant piece of media manipulation that our ever-pending war on Iraq has made Bush look not indecisive but tempered. If the saber rattling is the drama, is war an afterthought?

August 25, 2002
Apocalypse Now

The press keeps pretending that the tumult at the top of the big media conglomerates is just an unfortunate, fleeting chapter. Guess what? It's actually the end of the world as we know it.

July 29, 2002
You Got Nailed

AOL Time Warner has pinned its existential crisis on the biggest, baddest fall guy since the dearly departed Jerry Levin -- but for Bob Pittman, consummate promoter, the show will simply go on.

July 22, 2002
Out of Business

How could the demise of the business culture -- prompted by the ongoing spectacle of corporate humiliation -- be a good thing? Ask the good old-fashioned gentlemen at Forbes.

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