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Michael Wolff

  1. News BlitzThe media are too self-obsessed? Well, then how are we supposed to cover a story where we’re the targets?
  2. News Blitz The media are too self-obsessed? Well, then how are we supposed to cover a story where we’re the targets?
  3. World BeatUntil September 11, the media didn’t bother much with international news. Could it be because bad news is earnest, boring – and incredibly hard […]
  4. What We Mean When We Say ‘War’It’s payback time, and even former peaceniks have gotten in touch with their inner patriot. But what sort of war are we running off to join?
  5. What We Mean When We Say ‘War’It’s payback time, and even former peaceniks have gotten in touch with their inner patriot. But what sort of war are we running off to join?
  6. The Waking Nightmare – and the Dawn of Life in WartimeYou could easily have mistaken the daze in the city in the hours after the attack for a snow-day feeling. Traffic had disappeared, pedestrians h […]
  7. The Waking Nightmare – and the Dawn of Life in WartimeYou could easily have mistaken the daze in the city in the hours after the attack for a snow-day feeling. Traffic had disappeared, pedestrians h […]
  8. Chairman MikeA booklet of quotations from Michael Bloomberg circa 1990 raises a question or two about the straight-shooting CEO – like, this guy wants to be […]
  9. Bloomberg NewsMichael Bloomberg is peddling two myths about himself: that he’s a major media mogul and a credible mayoral candidate. For $30 million, w […]
  10. The Perfect StormBehold! Lightning has struck twice, delivering unto us two irresistible tabloid extravaganzas. A meditation on the making of the Summer of Lizzi […]
  11. TV GuiseAndy Lack’s new job is to revive NBC, while his buddy Walter Isaacson gets to rescue CNN. But can a couple of old-school content guys really sav […]
  12. Book ‘EmA new bio roughs up the media world’s Über-power couple – no surprise there. But how, exactly, did Tina-and-Harry-bashing become ev […]
  13. Culture Is Not a Store!… and other laments of the newly ascendant European anti-globalization protesters, who will – stay tuned – rock Dubya’s world starting nex […]
  14. The Fox TrotIf Rupert Murdoch snags DirecTV, his competitors claim, he’ll have achieved a total media stranglehold. But when it comes to world domination, i […]
  15. Strange BedfellowsWhat could the Andrew Sullivan sex scandal and the George Christy Hollywood-graft affair possibly have in common? More than you think.
  16. Identity PoliticsDonna and Rudy’s bad-blood marriage is tabloid fodder, but it’s also every couple’s story of unhappiness. Isn’t it?
  17. Identity PoliticsDonna and Rudy’s bad-blood marriage is tabloid fodder, but it’s also every couple’s story of unhappiness. Isn’t it?
  18. The Missing LinkA rude host isn’t the real reason Weakest Link is plastered all over NBC’s schedule. Would you believe a brash young agent has discovered […]
  19. Voice RecognitionThe Village Voice was a hothouse of left-wing factional politics that became an advertising-money machine. So why won’t anyone give David […]
  20. He Stoops to ConquerGeorge Bush’s plan to win over the Jews (not exactly his best audience): Avoid conflicts at all costs and adhere strictly to Wasp values. It wor […]
  21. Pride and PropertyThe Gone With the Wind case pits our notion of freedom against someone else’s commercial interest. What happened to writers on the way to […]
  22. Wheel of FortuneHe’s smart, he’s funny, and he’s multitalented. So why is John Hockenberry parked in network purgatory instead of saving the news?
  23. The Big ChillNow that we know the New New Thing isn’t the Next Big Thing, what will we all talk about? We’ve lost our window into the commercial unconscious.
  24. Prince AndrewCan Andrew Cuomo combine his father’s legacy and his own wonkish good works with some Kennedy charm to stage a return to Albany?
  25. The StupidsIn the new administration, wonkish go-getting is scorned. But if dumb is the new smart, why is Bill O’Reilly so annoyed?
  26. Leading IndicatorWho is Times columnist Paul Krugman and why is he saying those terrible things about Alan Greenspan?
  27. Survivor IIIn a shipwrecklike reversal, Bill Clinton has been abandoned by his allies, exiled to a political desert island. Is this the end for our hero?
  28. Meet MarketGliding across the globe from Davos to Monterey, the masters of the media-technology complex fiddle – while the New Economy burns.
  29. Sullivan’s TravelsAmbitious and self-absorbed, ex-pat Andrew Sullivan has made a career out of his personal and political contradictions – and pissing people off.
  30. The Party LineAt Fox, the news isn’t just partisan but gleefully partisan: conservative, red-in-the-face news narrowcast to the red states. And it’s ki […]
  31. Russert to JudgmentTim Russert, the most powerful journalist in Washington, isn’t really a journalist. He’s part salesman, part insider, and on Sunday morning he’s […]
  32. The Comeback KidWith a tongue-tied and TV-challenged president in the White House, Bill Clinton is poised to assume what could be a more powerful role: celebrit […]
  33. From AOL to WThe boys at AOL Time Warner now face the unenviable task of taming unruly factions and convincing America that this deal is a real winner. Soun […]
  34. The Great PretenderTo the blinkered Washington press corps, this inauguration is just politics as usual. Does a man who won the election on a technicality really d […]
  35. Suite DreamsOn the eve of the Carlyle’s sale, a chance reservation turns into a stay in the grand hotel’s most renowned rooms.
  36. Pundit’s ProgressToo cute to be curmudgeonly, too straitlaced to be cool, Tucker Carlson is more than a Bunyonesque character. In this Bushian time, he’s gonna b […]
  37. Zucker UnboundJeff Zucker made Today the most profitable three hours on television. But as the new head of NBC Entertainment, he has a tougher job: sav […]
  38. Told You SoI scored a solid B+ on last year’s predictions – despite the AOL-Time Warner deal. This year’s forecast is all gloomy, especially for George W. Bush.
  39. Gang of FourWhile everyone was waiting for one of the candidates to do the right thing, the Bush black-bag operation stole the election. Does anybody care?
  40. Our Remote-Control PresidentForget David Boies, dimpled chads, and desperate litigation – the country has already elected a new president. Just look at The West Wing
  41. Our Remote-Control PresidentForget David Boies, dimpled chads, and desperate litigation – the country has already elected a new president. Just look at The West Wing
  42. Duel in the SunThe Good of the Country comes face-to-face with the Will of the People as the nation waits for someone to blink. It’s the only real politics we’ […]
  43. The LosersThe candidates got the vote they deserved. Turn the election into a marketing arms race, and it’s bound to end in mutually assured destruction.
  44. The Kidder KingDave Eggers is the new media hero as anti-media hero, complete with acolytes. Is he the voice of his generation, or is he just mixing the Kool-Aid?
  45. Wasps or WonksVoters are about to get hitched to a man who will set the tone of the times. Whom do you want to see each morning at breakfast?
  46. FametownWe always suspected celebrity was a place where all the stars know each other and have dinner together. We were right – and it’s Ingrid Sischy’ […]
  47. Murder, They RoteBush and Gore debated with all the wit and subtlety of rhinos. And who was the loser? Actually, there were 46 million of us.
  48. Hillary’s Nixon ProblemShe’s armored, defensive, uneasy. We question her motives, her ambition, her honesty. We might even see her as our dark side. And we’re not thro […]
  49. Hillary’s Nixon ProblemShe’s armored, defensive, uneasy. We question her motives, her ambition, her honesty. We might even see her as our dark side. And we’re not thro […]
  50. Runway RunawayFashion is media, and judging by the number of photographers, it’s more important than the presidential election. Our columnist got a seat in th […]
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