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2001 Stories by Cynthia Cotts

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  • Bob Kuttner’s ‘Prospect’

    published December 25, 2001

    After December 11, when The American Prospect axed senior editor Ana Marie Cox, the media gossip machine went into overdrive looking for... More >>

  • From Cesareans to Sweatshops

    published December 18, 2001

    It's been widely reported that the New York Times Company produces highbrow documentaries and dreams of launching its own cable channel. But,... More >>

  • Improbable Cause

    published November 27, 2001

    Last week at the Committee to Protect Journalists' annual dinner, former New York Times executive editor Joe Lelyveld urged the media to... More >>

  • Poor Ann Moore

    published November 20, 2001

    At 51, Time Inc. exec Ann Moore is in the catbird seat. Last year, as a result of the AOL Time Warner merger, the value of her AOL stock... More >>

  • Howard's End

    published November 13, 2001

    Before quitting his job as editor of Washington City Paper last week, Howard Witt had gone into a... More >>

  • Are We Dead Yet?

    published November 6, 2001

    A New Yorker I know recently compared U.S. media companies to a forest of saguaros, the giant cacti that grow in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona.... More >>

  • The Age of 'Reason'

    published October 30, 2001

    Wired founder Louis Rossetto has been fascinated with Reason for over 30 years. Recently, he played a role in the magazine's... More >>

  • Big Brother’s ‘Reason’ to Fear

    published October 30, 2001

    In times of crisis, the government traditionally gives itself more power, and these days no one is monitoring the surge of federal power more... More >>

  • Opium for the Masses

    published October 23, 2001

    During the last few weeks of anthrax hysteria, a dozen or so U.S. reporters have pursued a more difficult, taboo story: opium's role as the... More >>

  • Accidents Can Happen

    published October 9, 2001

    Around 2 p.m. Sunday, as I sat down to write a column that was due the next morning, my boyfriend turned on the TV for the latest on the mayoral... More >>

  • Relying on Blind Faith

    published October 2, 2001

    As the war unfolds in the hills of Afghanistan and sources on both sides dispense cryptic messages designed to confuse the enemy, U.S. war... More >>

  • The Return of Censorship

    published September 25, 2001

    Something is burning this week, but it's not the site of the former World Trade Center. It's what's left of the First Amendment—and every... More >>

  • Test of the Fourth Estate

    published September 18, 2001

    Last week's attack on the World Trade Center revealed the untapped potential of U.S. media. Beginning at 8:48 a.m. on September 11, the newspapers... More >>

  • Tumbling Dice

    published September 11, 2001

    There's a bad moon rising over the Bahamia Casino in Freeport, Bahamas, 30 minutes by air from Miami. And the face on the moon is that of Randall... More >>

  • Telecom for Dummies

    published September 4, 2001

    By necessity, most news reports about media consolidation are so dry and technical, they put even the most attentive readers to sleep. But while... More >>

  • Ski Writers vs. Moguls

    published August 28, 2001

    Every time they accept a choice assignment, the freelance ski writers of America brace themselves for dangers ranging from angry bears and... More >>

  • How Shall I Begin?

    published August 21, 2001

    'My penis is made of birdseed.' No, not mine, Elizabeth Gilbert's. She's the 'GQ' writer who bought several pairs of Dockers, stopped washing her... More >>

  • Dateline: 43rd Street

    published August 14, 2001

    Come September, when the New York Times Company launches its 150th birthday celebration, expect the pages of the Times to be filled with... More >>

  • Call Him Lazarus

    published August 7, 2001

    Salon founder David Talbot must have had a hell of a summer fending off the grim reaper at one turn and corporate suitors at the next. But... More >>

  • PR in the Blood

    published July 24, 2001

    Some guys have all the luck. In the late 1980s, an anonymous lawyer and real estate developer named Steven Schragis became a mini-celebrity... More >>

  • Holy Libel Suit

    published July 17, 2001

    In a case that raises vital First Amendment issues, Arab-terrorism expert Steven Emerson has filed a libel suit against Tampa's alternative... More >>

  • Shakedown on 43rd Street

    published July 10, 2001

    As a newspaper, The New York Times has all the power and glory of a national monument. But when it comes to doing business, the Times... More >>

  • Montesinos’s Revenge

    published July 3, 2001

    It's a cinematic thriller, maybe even a Vanity Fair piece in the making. On June 23, Venezuelan police arrested Vladimiro Montesinos, the... More >>

  • Drug War on the Web

    published June 26, 2001

    Last month, when Citigroup bought Banamex, the second largest bank in Mexico, the deal was praised as good for the Mexican people and good for the... More >>

  • The Colors of Bloomberg

    published June 19, 2001

    On June 5, Michael Bloomberg declared his candidacy for mayor of New York by staring at a TV camera and saying, "I love this city." The... More >>

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