While finance and technology are rapidly reshaping our media, undermining printed words and exalting digital screens, the nation’s major newspapers continue to exercise enormous political influence. Declining fortunes haven’t diminished the impact of their news reports and editorial opinions, which still shape the ideas and themes behind every night’s television coverage.
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BOSTON-For an intelligent, outspoken woman in politics who finds herself buffeted by the whims and moods of the national press corps, there is always a choice of descriptive phrases. When she chooses her words with caution, she may be “perfectly poised” but risks being dismissed as “overly scripted.” If she speaks her mind, she could Read More
There are times that one is proud to be a part of this nation, this city, this culture. One such occasion was a week ago this past Tuesday, when a bunch of us gathered at Bargemusic to celebrate the birthday (gentlemanly discretion forbids me to put a number to it) of chamber music’s treasure of Read More
The Justice Department is scrutinizing the so-called “Arkansas Project,” conservative billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife’s $1.7 million effort to discredit President Bill Clinton. According to recent reports in the Associated Press and the on-line magazine Salon , F.B.I. agents in Arkansas are investigating allegations that an employee of the Arkansas Project made secret payments to David Read More
Go back a year to the moment when Kenneth Starr announced he was leaving the independent counsel’s office to take up the deanships of law and public policy at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. As widely reported at the time, the new public policy school was partially funded by Pittsburgh’s leading crank billionaire publisher, Richard Read More
President Bill Clinton’s most implacable and wealthiest critic, Pittsburgh billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, has funneled as much as $600,000 a year from his tax-exempt foundations to the American Spectator for a secretive operation known as the “Arkansas Project” over the past four years, according to sources at the conservative magazine.
Theodore Olson, a prominent Washington Read More