14 David Johnston, “White House Announces Leave for Official Who Collected Files,” New York Times, June 18, 1996.

  15 L. Brent Bozell III, “The Database Double Standard,” Human Events Online, May 17, 2006.

  16 See, e.g., Don Van Natta Jr., “Coffees at White House Were Called Fund-Raisers,” New York Times, September 23, 2000; Editorial: “Return of the White House Turnstile,” New York Times, September 1, 2000 (“Well after the 1996 fund-raising scandals brought charges that President Clinton had effectively ‘sold’ the Lincoln Bedroom for campaign contributions, big donors continued to gain easy access to the White House in return for their donations”).

  17 Deborah Orin, “Clinton-Gore Was Crass Act to the End,” New York Post, January 25, 2001.

  18 “President George W Bush Holds Media Availability Following Meeting with Governors,” FDCH Political Transcripts, January 26, 2001.

  19 Christopher Marquis, “White House Vandalism Caper Was Overblown, a Report Finds,” New York Times, May 19, 2001.

  20 Ken Fireman, “Dems Revive Vandalism Story,” Newsday (New York), June 2001.

  21 William Raspberry, “No Joking Matter,” Washington Post, June 11, 2001.

  22 Mark Shields, “Hoax Adds to Readers’ Skepticism,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 4, 2001.

  23 Henry J. Reske, “Confirmation Hearings, Round II: Senate and Opinion Polls Support Thomas After Harassment Charges Aired,” ABA Journal, December 1991.

  24 Bob Cohn, “Dirt Trail: The Ugly Journey to Truth,” Ottawa Citizen, January 12, 1992.

  25 “Buchanan: Speech Taps ‘Heart and Soul’ Conservatism,” The Hotline, August 18, 1992.

  26 Patrick J. Buchanan, “The Thankless Mr. Quayle,” San Jose Mercury News (California), May 10, 1994.

  27 See, e.g., Byron York, “The Democratic Myth Machine,” National Review, April 19, 2004.

  28 Tom Daschle, Two Years That Changed America (New York: Three Rivers Press, 2004), pp. 261–62.

  29 Jonathan Alter, “Citizen Clinton Up Close,” Newsweek, April 8, 2002.

  30 Media Research Center, “Notable Quotables,” January 24, 2000 (citing NBC's McLaughlin Group, December 25, 1999).

  31 Paul Krugman, “Wag-the-Dog Protection,” New York Times, February 22, 2005.

  32 Frank Rich, “The Road to Perdition,” New York Times, July 20, 2002.

  33 Judy Woodruff, Inside Politics, CNN, July 16, 2002.

  34 George Lardner Jr. reviewing Lois Romano, The Life of George W. Bush, Washington Post, July 30, 1999.

  35 Lisa Falkenberg, “Halliburton Stock Falls Off amid SEC Investigation,” Associated Press, May 30, 2002.

  36 Loren Steffy, “Halliburton Wrist-Slapping Ties Loose End, Opens Doors,” Houston Chronicle, August 6, 2004.

  37 Siobhan Hughes, “Cheney Didn't Recall Halliburton Accounting in SEC Interview,” Associated Press, October 3, 2007.

  38 Paul Krugman, “The Falling Scales,” New York Times, October 5, 2004.

  39 Paul Krugman, “Conquest and Neglect,” New York Times, April 11, 2003.

  40 Paul Krugman, “Three-Card Maestro,” New York Times, February 18, 2005.

  41 Frank Rich, “The White House Stages Its ‘Daily Show,’ ” New York Times, February 20, 2005.

  42 Ibid.

  43 Katharine Q. Seelye, “Democrats Want Investigation of Reporter Using Fake Name,” New York Times, February 11, 2005.

  44 David S. Cloud, “Memo May Aid Leak Probe,” Wall Street Journal, October 17, 2003 (cited in, “Now Why Did They Listen to the Dai-lyKos?,” February 11, 2005. Available at: main/2005/02/know_why_did_th.html).

  45 Dareh Gregorian and Philip Messing, “Kinky News Network,” New York Post, April 19, 2008.

  46 “How Crazy Are They?,” Powerline, February 1, 2005. Available at:

  47 Howard Kurtz, “Eason Jordan, Quote, Unquote,” Washington Post, February 8, 2005.

  48 Roderick Boyd, “A CNN Executive Says G.I.s in Iraq Target Journalists,” New York Sun, February 8, 2005. Available at:

  49 Howard Kurtz, “CNN's Jordan Resigns over Iraq Remarks,” Washington Post, February 12, 2005.

  50 Boyd, “A CNN Executive Says G.I.s in Iraq Target Journalists.”

  51 Kurtz, “CNN's Jordan Resigns over Iraq Remarks,” Washington Post, February 12, 2005.

  52 Boyd, “A CNN Executive Says G.I.s in Iraq Target Journalists.”

  53 Ibid.

  54 Michelle Malkin, “Easongate: David Gergen Speaks,”, February 7, 2005 (recounting phone interview with David Gergen).

  55 Michelle Malkin, “Easongate: Chris Dodd Speaks,”, February 7, 2005.

  56 Kurtz, “CNN's Jordan Resigns over Iraq Remarks.”

  57 According to the Nexis archives, the only newspapers in the entire country to report on the Jordan controversy in their news pages during two weeks of shocking accusations, denials, and contradictions were the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, the Washington Post, the New York Sun, The Hotline, The Frontrunner, Investor's Business Daily, The Hollywood Reporter, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

  58 Rich, “The White House Stages Its ‘Daily Show.’ ”

  59 Paul Krugman, “Department of Injustice,” New York Times, March 9, 2007.

  60 Some political appointees are appointed to jobs from which the president can't fire them without cause, such as FTC commissioners, but U.S. attorneys do not have one of those jobs.

  61 David Johnston, “Attorney General Seeks Resignations from Prosecutors,” New York Times, March 24, 1993.

  62 Editorial: “Janet Reno Starts Badly,” New York Times, March 25, 1993.

  63 Editorial: “Earth Day's Real Lessons,” Investor's Business Daily, April 20, 2001; Ben Lieberman; Clinton's Legacy, National Review, July 26, 2001.

  64 “Arsenic and Water Don't Mix,” San Francisco Chronicle, August 27, 2001.

  65 Editorial: “A Powerful Poison,” News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), March 28, 2001; Editorial: “Serve Up a Tasty Glass of Arsenic,” Detroit Free Press, April 1, 2001; Editorial: “Arsenic, Ozone and Lead Are Poison, Not Politics, South Bend Tribune (Indiana), May 14, 2001.

  66 Noe Coopersmith, Letter to the Editor, San Francisco Chronicle, April 19, 2001.

  67 James F. Gerrits, M.D., Letter to the Editor, Times Herald (Port Huron, MI), April 14, 2001.

  68 “Clinton Book: Profile in Courage Under Ire?,” Los Angeles Times, August 12, 2001.

  69 Bob Herbert, “The Mask Comes Off,” New York Times, March 26, 2001.

  70 Paul Krugman, “The Class Warrior,” New York Times, April 4, 2001.

  71 Maureen Dowd, “De Minimis Maximus,” New York Times, August 5, 2001.

  72 Michael Kelly, “Playing the Arsenic Angle,” Washington Post, August 22, 2001.

  73 Katharine Q. Seelye, “E.P.A. to Adopt Clinton Arsenic Standard,” New York Times, November 1, 2001.

  74 Mike Flaherty, “UW AG Dean Challenges Critical Report,” Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI), February 13, 1993.

  75 Ron Fournier, “Clinton Rescinds, Reviews Last-Minute Bush Regulations,” Associated Press, January 24, 1993.

  76 No new rules were to be proposed after June 1, 2008, or final rules after November 1, with exceptions only in special cases. Charlie Savage and Robert Pear, “Administration Moves to Avert Late Rules Rush,” New York Times, May 31, 2008.

  77 Savage and Pear, “Administration Moves to Avert Late Rules Rush.”

  78 Robert Pear, “Lobby Presses Agenda Before ’08 Vote,” New York Times, December 2, 2007.

  79 Michael Barone, “Thoughts in the Wee Hours of Election Night,” Jewish World Review, November 9, 2006. Available at:

  80 Ibid.

  81 Ibid.

  82 Robert F. Kennedy Jr., “Wa
s the 2004 Election Stolen?,” Rolling Stone, June 1, 2006.

  83 Tiffany Lu, “U. Penn Professor's Speech, Book Asks if 2004 Election Was Stolen,” Daily Pennsylvanian, September 20, 2006.

  84 Deborah Solomon, “Head of the Class: Questions for Charles Murray,” New York Times, September 21, 2008.

  85 Richard W Stevenson and Janet Elder, “Poll Finds Concerns That Bush Is Overly Influenced by Business,” New York Times, July 18, 2002.

  86 ABC News Poll: “Terri Schiavo: Federal Intervention in Schiavo Case Prompts Broad Public Disapproval,” March 20, 2005. Available at: http://abc

  87 Marc Caputo, “ ‘Intruders’ Viewed Unfavorably,” Miami Herald, April 14, 2005.

  88 Shaila Dewan, “States Taking a New Look at End-of-Life Legislation,” New York Times, March 31, 2005.

  89 Michael Sokolove, “The Believer,” New York Times, May 22, 2005.

  90 Carl Hulse, “Filibuster Fight Is Bruising the Image of Capitol Hill,” New York Times, May 22, 2005.

  91 Ronald Brownstein, “The Death of Terri Schiavo,” Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2005.

  92 Abby Goodnough, “In War Debate, Parents of Fallen Are United Only in Grief,” New York Times, August 28, 2005.

  93 Dave Moniz, “Troops in Survey Back Bush 4-to-1 over Kerry,” USA Today, October 3, 2004.

  94 William Yardley, “Energized Black Voters Flock to Polls to Back Kerry,” New York Times, November 3, 2004.

  95 Sarah Baxter, “Ground Zero ‘Guilt Museum’ Stirs Fury,” Sunday Times (U.K.), June 12, 2005. Available at:

  96 David W Dunlap, “Lofty Ideals of Freedom Meet,” New York Times, September 25, 2005 (italics added).

  97 See the Flat Earth Society, available at:

  98 John Leland, “Under Din of Abortion Debate, an Experience Shared Quietly,” New York Times, September 18, 2005.

  99 Richard W. Stevenson, “Bush Campaign Plays Up Pro-Israel Stance,” New York Times, May 15, 2004.

  100 Solomon Moore, “States Restore Voting Rights for Ex-Convicts,” New York Times, September 14, 2008 (“Surveys have shown that about 70 percent of former convicts lean Democratic, according to Christopher Uggen, a University of Minnesota criminologist”).

  101 Gregor Peter Schmitz, “Europeans Back Obama but Not Necessarily His Policies,” Der Spiegel, September 10, 2008. Available at:,1518,577449,00.html.

  102 Phil Gailey, “Poll Finds Blacks United on Political Views,” New York Times, August 31, 1984.

  103 Associated Press, “Chicago Teamsters, in Poll, Prefer Mondale over Reagan,” New York Times, September 12, 1984.

  104 Fay S. Joyce, “Sierra Club Breaks Its Tradition and Backs a Candidate: Mondale,” New York Times, September 20, 1984.

  105 Claude D. Pepper, “The Elderly May Dump Reagan,” New York Times, September 21, 1984.

  106 Associated Press, “Jersey Poll Says Mondale Cuts into Reagan's Lead,” New York Times, October 13, 1984.

  107 Associated Press, “New Mondale Support Seen in New York State,” New York Times, October 14, 1984.

  108 John Herbers, “Church-State Issue May Hurt Reagan's Effort to Attract Jews,” New York Times, October 18, 1984.

  109 Dudley Clendinen, “New Mondale Ads Impress a Skeptic,” New York Times, September 12, 1984.

  110 Associated Press, “Campaign Notes: Poll in Minnesota Shows Mondale Leads Reagan,” New York Times, October 22, 1984.

  111 Bernard Weinraub, “Midwest Crowds Applaud Mondale,” New York Times, October 25, 1984.

  112 Associated Press, “Ivy League Poll Gives Mondale a Clear Lead,” New York Times, October 30, 1984.

  113 “Mondale Pulls Closer in a National Poll,” New York Times, October 18, 1984.

  114 “Poll Shows Better Image for Mondale and Ferraro,” New York Times, October 17, 1984.

  115 “Mondale Gains Ground, According to Straw Poll,” New York Times, October 15, 1984.

  116 United Press International, “Poll Shows Mondale Is Gaining on Reagan,” New York Times, July 13, 1984.

  117 “Poll Shows Narrowing of Reagan Lead in Race,” New York Times, July 12, 1984.

  118 Mike Wallace, “Traitor or Hero?: Controversy over Millionaire Ward Connerly and His Fight for Proposition 209,” 60 Minutes, CBS, November 9, 1997.

  119 Robert Pear, “The 1996 Elections: The States—The Initiatives,” New York Times, November 7, 1996.

  120 Sam Howe Verhovek, “The 1997 Elections: Affirmative Action,” New York Times, November 6, 1997.

  121 Stuart Taylor and K. C. Johnson, Until Proven Innocent (New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2007), pp. 263–269.

  122 Editorial: “Finances of Terror,” New York Times, September 24, 2001.

  123 Editorial: “Fit and Unfit to Print: What Are the Obligations of the Press in Wartime?,” Wall Street Journal, June 30, 2006.

  124 Frank Rich, “All the News That's Fit to Bully,” New York Times, July 9, 2006.

  125 Rich and others cited as proof that the Times was being picked on the fact that other newspapers published stories on the terrorist tracking program the same day. But that's because the other newspapers also had the story but were refraining from publishing it—until the Times did. See Gabriel Sherman, “Wall Street Rift: Journal Reporters Reject Gigot Line,” New York Observer, July 16, 2006. Available at: (“On June 22, [Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn] Simpson was in Washington when a Treasury source tipped him that The Times would be publishing a piece on the subject, according to Journal sources. Mr. Simpson delayed a flight back to Belgium and raced to put out a piece on deadline, posting one online minutes after the Times story went out. The Journal, The Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post all had Swift stories in the next day's papers.”)


  1 Thomas L. Friedman, “Reno for President,” New York Times, April 25, 2000.

  2 Peter Schweizer, Makers and Takers (New York: Doubleday 2008), pp. 40–41 (citing Robert S. Lichter and Stanley Rothman, “The Radical Personality: Social Psychology Components of New Left Ideology,” Political Behavior, 1982).

  3 Schweizer, Makers and Takers, pp. 40–41 (citing National Cultural Values Survey, Culture and Media Institute, Special Report, 2007).

  4 “Inside Obama's Family Life,” OK magazine, September 2, 2008.

  5 Michael Luo and Jeff Zeleny, “Obama, in Shift, Says He'll Reject Public Financing,” New York Times, June 20, 2008.

  6 Sheila Taylor Wells, “Hillary's Hair? Get Over It,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, September 1, 1996.

  7 Mark Leibovich, “Rights vs. Rights: An Improbable Collision Course,” New York Times, January 13, 2008.

  8 Jon Carroll, “ ‘Bella’ Means ‘Beautiful,’ ” San Francisco Chronicle, April 3, 1998.

  9 Bob Wyss, “Dark Days at City Hall: Carolyn Brassil to the Rescue,” Providence Journal-Bulletin, April 22, 1998.

  10 John Shanahan, Associated Press, August 23, 1977.

  11 Ibid.

  12 Lee Mitgang, “An AP News Analysis,” Associated Press, September 9, 1977.

  13 Ibid.

  14 Wyss, “Dark Days at City Hall.”

  15 “Queen Bella,” The Economist, February 26, 1977.

  16 Ibid.

  17 “The Reliable Source,” Washington Post, April 9, 1998.

  18 Carroll, “ ‘Bella’ Means ‘Beautiful.’ ”

  19 “Abzug Knocks Off 3 Opponents in Comeback,” Associated Press, September 10, 1986.

  20 Richard Grenier, “Me Tarzan, You Barbra,” Washington Times, February 13, 1995.

  21 John Waller, “Abzug Molded Conference Agenda,” Washington Times, September 2, 1994.

  22 Kenneth Lloyd Billingsley, “The Lessons of Jonestown,” San Diego Union-Tribune, November 22, 1998.

  23 Shailagh Murray,
“Democratic Faces That Could Launch Thousands of Votes,” Washington Post, October 14, 2006.

  24 Julia Watson, “First Ladies’ Styles,” United Press International, November 14, 2000.

  25 Jeffrey Ressner, “Michelle Obama Thesis Was on Racial Divide,” Politico, February 23, 2008.

  26 Sweetness & Light, “Shocker: Michelle Obama Is Race Obsessed,” February 23, 2008. Available at:

  27 Troy Patterson, “Michelle Obama on The View,” Slate, June 18, 2008.

  28 Julie Sevrens Lyons, “Laura Bush Wardrobe Now Subject to Scrutiny,” San Jose Mercury News (California), December 20, 2000.

  29 “The Democrats Keep It Real,” The Hotline, August 21, 2007.

  30 Lynne K. Varner, “The More We Run from Race, the Faster It Chases After Us,” Seattle Times, January 1, 2008.

  31 Margaret Talev, “Spouse vs. Spouse: Clinton and Obama Go for the Unconventional,” Knight Ridder, February 1, 2008.

  32 Karen Heller, “Clinton, Obama: It's Hard to Choose,” Philadelphia Inquirer, February 6, 2008.

  33 Ibid.

  34 Terry Plumb, “Obama Gains Crucial Edge with Youth Vote,” Herald (Rock Hill, SC), June 8, 2008.

  35 Shelly Branch, “Michelle Obama Updates a ’60s Look,” Houston Chronicle, March 9, 2008.

  36 “Barack Steady,” The Hotline, March 3, 2008 (quoting Vogue, March 2008).

  37 “Clout: If Obama's the New JFK, He Has a Jackie, Too,” Philadelphia Daily News, February 8, 2008.

  38 Barbara Gamarekian, “Retirement Sharpens Singer's Sting,” New York Times, September 7, 1981.

  39 Donnie Radcliffe, “Ham, Grits & Fritz,” Washington Post, September 22, 1981.

  40 Nancy Reagan, My Turn (New York: Random House, 1989), pp. 27–29.

  41 “How Much Is Cindy McCain's $300,000 Outfit Really Worth?,” Vanity Fair blog, September 6, 2008. Available at:

  42 Monica Corcoran, “Cindy McCain Wears $300,000 Outfit,” Los Angeles Times blog, September 4, 2008.

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