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2005 Stories by Sydney H. Schanberg

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  • Checks and No Balance

    published December 20, 2005

    The domestic spying controversy is a story of immense importance. President Bush, by secret directive a few months after 9-11, allowed the... More >>

  • Wretch-Stained Ink

    published December 13, 2005

    Most of the time these days, when I scour the "media" looking for a sign of hope about mankind, I inevitably trip over a discouraging spew of... More >>

  • The Moral High Ground

    published December 6, 2005

    A naughty burlesque troupe made its way across Europe this past week, astonishing packed houses with its signature ballad, "Not U.S.—We Never... More >>

  • How Do They Deceive You?

    published November 29, 2005

    Every time I try to wrap my mind around President Bush's Iraq war and his associated war against the press, I come back to the lies the president... More >>

  • If Old Journalism Dies . . .

    published November 22, 2005

    Chattering oracles are telling us that newspapers will die soon, as the Internet takes over. That may well be—and the Internet does carry... More >>

  • All the Reporter's Men

    published November 15, 2005

    I have no stake in whether any Bush White House heavy goes to jail in the Plamegate scandal; incarceration is not required for the public to... More >>

  • Woodward's Version

    published November 15, 2005

    Bob Woodward, in a phone conversation of nearly an hour and a half on Sunday, said: "People think I'm hiding something. But what am I hiding? . .... More >>

  • Woodward's Dis

    published November 8, 2005

    . . . a media marketplace that long ago concluded having access to power is more important than speaking truth to it. ... More >>

  • Repairing Journalism

    published November 1, 2005

    There never was a golden age of journalism—just as there has never been a golden age of medicine, law, education, or any other craft,... More >>

  • Patching Things Up

    published October 25, 2005

    The foundations of the Bush White House, now revealed as never before by the desperation and foolishness of the CIA leak and its cover-up, had... More >>

  • George Bush, Make-Believe President

    published October 18, 2005

    February 24, 2004 President Bush's war in Iraq, oddly, has begun to remind me of the floating craps game in Guys and Dolls. In... More >>

  • The Iraq War Runs Through It

    published October 11, 2005

    Six weeks ago, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said publicly that the pre-war speech he gave to the United Nations in early 2003 claiming... More >>

  • Paper Chastened

    published October 11, 2005

    I was a copy boy, reporter, editor, and columnist at The New York Times for more than a quarter-century, and like many of its alumni, I... More >>

  • Full Disclosure

    published October 4, 2005

    The press's role in the leak of a CIA operative's... More >>

  • How Many More Will Die in Iraq?

    published September 20, 2005

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  • The Caste System

    published September 13, 2005

    The Katrina disaster has peeled back the veil from many of America's shames and weaknesses. One of them is the press's caste system. More >>

  • Third World

    published September 6, 2005

    Having failed to respond to Hurricane Katrina in the manner expected of the world's leading nation—leaving flotillas of bodies winding... More >>

  • Spinning Tales

    published August 23, 2005

    If American news consumers are confused about the Iraq war and other calamities of recent invention, they have a right to be. Things you thought... More >>

  • Hear Novak Tell All!

    published August 16, 2005

    Robert Novak, whose "confidential" sources helped him light the match that set off the Plamegate wildfire, is now on the Internet blithely hawking... More >>

  • Serving a Life Term

    published August 9, 2005

    Robert M. Morgenthau, the Manhattan district attorney, is a mortal man, but the press has awarded him sainthood. Look at the coverage of his... More >>

  • Repairing Leaks

    published July 26, 2005

    There has always been a debate over whether journalism is a profession or a craft. A retired and revered editor at The New York Times,... More >>

  • Rx for Info Overload

    published July 19, 2005

    One of my goals as a press observer is to explain how journalists do what they do. If you tell people about how you gather information and put... More >>

  • War, Lies, and E-Mail

    published July 12, 2005

    It's all about the war in Iraq. And the lies that rallied this nation into the war. And tangentially, it's also about a press corps that... More >>

  • The Plame Game

    published July 5, 2005

    Reams of speculation spew out of journalism's maw, yet nobody in the press has any hard information about what special prosecutor Patrick... More >>

  • Two-Timed by 'Time'

    published June 28, 2005

    Every time a reporter who has promised confidentiality to a source then hands over his or her notebooks or other materials involving that source... More >>

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