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The Kristol method

Why is a Murdoch man working for the competition ?
Journalistic atrocity or savvy hire?
By: ADAM REILLY  |  January 09, 2008

Chump 'change'

Mitt vs. the fourth estate
If and when Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign dies, our former governor has his excuse picked out.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  January 09, 2008


The Granite State’s last hurrah

This could be the last election in which the New Hampshire primary, and its quaintly irrelevant retail politics, really matters
In a few days, New Hampshire voters will take their quadrennial place at the center of American politics, and this time, the stakes will be even higher than usual.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  January 02, 2008


Not-so-instant karma

After decades of curses and calamities, Boston’s sports fortunes are at an unprecedented high. So can we stop the whining?
No matter what happens over their next two games, the Patriots will not have gone undefeated in 2007.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  December 19, 2007


Temporarily north of the border

Al Giordano plays the Field
Add another name to the list of Phoenix alums (Mark Leibovich, Dave Crowley, Seth Gitell, Dan Kennedy) writing on the 2008 presidential race.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  December 19, 2007


The dictator slayer

East Boston's Gene Sharp is soft-spoken, but he makes bad guys from Caracas to Beijing cringe
According to some people — including at least one sitting head of state — East Boston’s Gene Sharp is a dangerous dude.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  December 05, 2007


Fake-news vacuum

Why the Writers Guild strike could affect the presidential race
It’s easy to be flip about the deep implications of the Writers Guild of America strike, which is now stretching into its fourth week.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  November 28, 2007


War stories

Pressuring the press
In his new book, Reporting the War: Freedom of the Press from the American Revolution to the War on Terrorism , author John Byrne Cooke tracks press influence on public opinion.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  November 28, 2007


First impressions

Can Frank TV save a tired comedy staple?
Say you’re at a party and some guy comes up to you.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  November 19, 2007


Malign neglect

Are the media abetting the death of Boston politics?
If, as the Globe editorial page put it, Boston politics need CPR, why is the press idly standing by?
By: ADAM REILLY  |  November 14, 2007


Capital loss

How has moving from Boston to Washington changed the Atlantic ?
Two things stood out when the book tour for an impressive new anthology, The American Idea: The Best of the Atlantic Monthly , rolled through town this past month.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  November 05, 2007


Southern discomfort

Anti-press overreach in the Sun Belt. Plus, the strange resilience of Page Six editor Richard Johnson
A pair of recent developments in the Sun Belt serves as a useful reminder that antagonism between government and the press can get a whole lot nastier.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  January 28, 2010


Sad and lonely

Aliens in America’s bracing look at high-school misery
Not all varieties of teen angst are created equal.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  October 16, 2007


The problem with heroes

Lessons from the build-them-up, tear-them-down Boston firefighter backlash
Even the hardest-hearted news consumer had to wince this past week when the private autopsy results of Paul Cahill and Warren Payne were leaked to some of the press.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  October 10, 2007


Cheating rules!

Why steroids, spying, and all those other sports scandals are actually good for fans
Maybe we shouldn’t lament the sundry scandals that have made 2007 the Year of the Cheater.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  October 03, 2007


Zap marketing

Don’t Taser-T me, bro
Ah, the sweet stench of Internet entrepreneurship!
By: ADAM REILLY  |  September 26, 2007


Scared silent

Three lawsuits have been dropped, but local media still seems reluctant to tackle the Islamic Society of Boston
Dr. Walid Fitaihi’s departure from and return to the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) were stories worth reporting.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  September 19, 2007


House pest

One Cape Cod blogger is getting the scoops and setting the pace for Massachusetts casino coverage — for better or worse
The biggest political story in Massachusetts right now is the state’s ongoing dalliance with casino gambling.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  September 12, 2007


Hero worship

In praise of Stan Lee’s reality-TV gem
The lesson of the Sci-Fi Channel’s Who Wants To Be a Superhero? might seem obvious.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  September 12, 2007


Backlash blues

Will the Larry Craig scandal bolster anti-gay bias?
Most big news stories fit the snowball metaphor, with an isolated fact or two slowly gaining significance and momentum over a period of days or weeks.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  September 06, 2007


While you were out . . .

Yes, stuff happened in Boston during your summer break. But we’ve got it covered.
When you’re a student, it can seem as if reality just freezes when you leave town for the summer.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  September 04, 2007

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