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2004 Stories by Richard Goldstein

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  • Dust Raking

    published July 20, 2004

    There are no rules in American journalism. Each publication sets its own standards, and that's how the Founding Parents wanted it. Some places... More >>

  • Veep as Vamp

    published July 13, 2004

    Where would the Republicans be without fear? They owe their success to their skill at stoking mass anxiety. Back in the '80s, they played the race... More >>

  • Ooops!

    published July 6, 2004

    A week has passed since the New York Post gave every mug in Mediaville a good guffaw. By now, the whole news-consuming world knows about... More >>

  • Generation Nix

    published June 29, 2004

    The stats are familiar to every publisher. Newspaper readership among the young is falling faster than Bush's approval rating. In 2000, only 16... More >>

  • Mauling Michael Moore

    published June 22, 2004

    In just one weekend, Fahrenheit 9/11 earned more money than any feature-length documentary in history. This despite a campaign against the... More >>

  • My Big Fat Funky Queer Marriage

    published June 15, 2004

    It's rare for the left and the right to agree, especially in the gay community. But on same-sex marriage, they pretty much do. Many radical queers... More >>

  • Do Media Rule?

    published June 15, 2004

    In my brief tenure as a media critic, nothing I've written has pissed readers off more than my recent assertion that newspapers don't make wars... More >>

  • Das Rongold

    published June 8, 2004

    New York Times headlines are an obsession for me. I savor every gradation of placement and size. How many columns, how many decks, roman or... More >>

  • Kerry's Pecker

    published June 1, 2004

    When it comes to primal reporting, no one scoops Ana Marie Cox, the force behind She swims in the... More >>

  • Gipper-dämmerung

    published June 1, 2004

    Those who thought Karl Rove would keep Ronald Reagan on life support until election eve were proven wrong when the Gipper died on Saturday. In TV... More >>

  • Fessing Up

    published May 25, 2004

    Why didn't The New York Times name names in its latest admission of reportorial failure? Was Howell Raines responsible? Was Judith Miller... More >>

  • Fit to Post

    published May 18, 2004

    Aside from the usual imprecations, my e-mail has been bristling with messages urging me to investigate the circumstances of Nicholas Berg's... More >>

  • No Sex, Please. We're Eating

    published May 18, 2004

    It was good news for modern fundamentalist man—or so it seemed. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and... More >>

  • Gore-cake

    published May 11, 2004

    The moment Donald Rumsfeld had been warning about—the worse-to-come moment—arrived last Wednesday (May 12), when new images of... More >>

  • Bitch Bites Man!

    published May 4, 2004

    Though most of the military guards charged with abusing prisoners are men, the public face of Torturegate is a woman. And the press has had a... More >>

  • Torturegate

    published May 4, 2004

    Though the whole world was talking about the torture of Iraqi prisoners, the New York Post kept the story off its front page for 10 days.... More >>

  • Stuff Happens!

    published April 27, 2004

    There Donald Rumsfeld was, fielding unfriendly fire on Tuesday over the military's torture of Iraqi prisoners. This time, his usual pose of barely... More >>

  • Get Back, Loretta

    published April 20, 2004

    Sunday's March for Women's Lives, which drew at least 750,000 people to the National Mall in... More >>

  • Criticism w/o Critique

    published April 20, 2004

    The Jimmy Breslin flap—call it Quotemarkgate—pales before other fabrication scandals that have plagued the press. But these days any... More >>

  • Hypocritic Oath

    published April 20, 2004

    Should a physician be allowed to turn you away if you're gay? Sounds like a no-brainer—but not if you live in Michigan. Michigan's House... More >>

  • Close Call

    published April 13, 2004

    A 1998 executive order issued by Bill Clinton and renewed by George W. Bush protects federal workers from discrimination based on sexual... More >>

  • The Normalizing Heart

    published April 13, 2004

    European literature is rife with great works about epidemics, from The Magic Mountain to The Decameron—and don't forget La... More >>

  • Bush Blows the Press Conference Show

    published April 6, 2004

    Smack dab in the middle of American Idol, George Bush intervened during prime time on Tuesday night to deliver a campaign speech disguised... More >>

  • Grinning and Baring It

    published March 23, 2004

    Sure it was a publicity stunt. When Courtney Love gave David Letterman a peek, and later did the same and more for some guy outside Wendy's, she... More >>

  • Petaphilia

    published March 16, 2004

    I've never had sex with a dog. He wouldn't respect me in the morning. But I have lusted in my heart for certain canines, and apparently I'm not... More >>

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