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This Media Life Archive

April 15, 2002
The Lifer

What could possibly have made biographer Robert Caro devote nearly three decades (and counting) to chronicling the life of LBJ? It's all about his -- and our -- addiction to power.

April 8, 2002
The Last Adman

Advertising legend Jay Chiat has spent his life not only battling the rules -- about media, about offices, about the culture itself -- but decimating them. Now he's got one last fight.

March 25, 2002
The Koppel Topple

Do not ask for whom the ticker scrolls, Ted. It scrolls for thee: Why Nightline's troubles may presage a news-dinosaur extinction.

March 18, 2002
Peace Pipe

Tom Friedman says he was merely the conduit for the Saudi peace plan, but the Times columnist has quietly, purposefully turned himself into our leading ink-stained statesman.

March 11, 2002
My Dinner With Rupert

In an unlikely turn of events -- and thanks to some shameless maneuvering to achieve (and protect) proximity -- our Murdoch-deconstructing media columnist breaks bread with the man himself.

March 4, 2002
Spread Thin

Enron's Kenneth Lay and Global Crossing's Gary Winnick weren't just spreadsheet jockeys, they were the last great heroes of the self-delusional business culture.

February 25, 2002
By George

Clinton survivor George Stephanopoulos, the former Boy Wonder with the great hair, is now a Legitimate News Guy (with great hair). And he may be ABC's next big star.

February 18, 2002
Sumner Squall

The recent ridiculousness at Viacom -- 78-year-old chairman Sumner Redstone attempting to push out his successor, Mel Karmazin -- is just par for the course in the egomaniacal realm of moguldom.

February 11, 2002
Enron Outrage

We're all shocked -- shocked! -- by a certain energy company's balance-sheet sleight of hand. What were they thinking?! We ask. But Enronian accounting was merely New Economy boilerplate.

February 4, 2002
Failure Is Hot!

Talk, which saw itself as a great new vehicle of mythmaking, ended up becoming the embodiment of hype deflation. In an age of dashed expectations, Tina Brown is right on pulse.

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