- July 8, 2002
- Homeland Insecurity
We can't stand to be without a clear plot, so the media scrambles to construct a narrative for the shadowy, diffuse terror "network" we're up against. But is the reporting ahead of the reality?
- June 24, 2002
- Manhattan Ending
Woody Allen's unfortunate little court case wasn't just about the money. It was a public forum about the value, the very existence, of Woody Allen movies -- and Woody himself.
- June 17, 2002
- The Andy Problem
Wherein I huddle with candidate Cuomo and attempt to parse the personality issue: Why he comes off as too ambitious, too intense. And why, in the end, maybe it won't matter.
- June 10, 2002
- Facing the Music
Rock stars and music-industry execs once ruled the earth, but now -- in terms of size and profit margins -- the music industry is becoming the book business (minus the literacy).
- June 3, 2002
- Blaming Bush
As the what-did-Dubya-know-and-when-did-he-know-it debate rages on, the White House finds itself confronting an implacable enemy: the human need to apportion blame.
- May 27, 2002
- The Outcasts
JFK Jr. memoirist Richard Blow and Bias hysteric Bernard Goldberg have been demonized by the media for breaking unspoken rules. How nice, then, that the media has made both men stars!
- May 20, 2002
- The Odd Couple
His Rolling Stone is in trouble, but at least he's got Bonnie Fuller working her black magic at Us Weekly. Now all Jann Wenner has to do is find a rock-and-roll Bonnie to save his flagship.
- May 13, 2002
- The Big Fix
Suddenly, the turn-of-the-millennium lust for media-world consolidation seems absurd (just ask AOL Time Warner and Vivendi shareholders). Is it already time for AT&T-style breakups?
- May 6, 2002
- The Unspun
It's pretty clear that the Israelis and the Catholics just don't get it: They're both losing the media war. What they also don't get is that this is a war they must fight.
- April 29, 2002
- The New Old News
With the Journal's new look, the Times' new section, and the New York Sun's exercise in journalistic nostalgia, newspapering is suddenly hot. Is there a future on paper?