"All manner of televised talkfests, including 'Today,' welcome [Ann] Coulter's pirate sensibilities back aboard whenever she has something to peddle, in part because seeing hate-speech pop out of a blonde who knows her way around a black cocktail dress makes for compelling viewing. Without the total package, Ms. Coulter would be just one more nut living in Mom's basement. You can accuse her of cynicism all you want, but the fact that she is one of the leading political writers of our age says something about the rest of us." - Media reporter turned columnist David Carr, June 12.
Helpful Advice for Republicans - Alienate Your Base
"Senate Emphasis on Ideology Has Some in G.O.P. Anxious - Appeals to Conservatives Are Seen as Misguided." - Headline to a June 7 front-page story by congressional reporter Carl Hulse.
Bring Back the Taliban
"Even more evident is the growing public dissatisfaction with the government, especially with the rampant corruption and venality of local officials, which has played into the hands of the Taliban, who are remembered for running a relatively corruption-free government." - Afghanistan correspondent Carlotta Gall, June 11.
Zarqawi, a Regular George Washington
"Unlike some terrorist leaders - like the man he claimed to follow, Osama bin Laden  - Mr. Zarqawi went beyond providing just inspiration and public relations for his movement. He fought on the front lines with his men." - Dexter Filkins, June 8.
"Something happens when Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton enters a crowded room. People quickly draw a circle around her, cameras begin to flash frenetically and the entire center of gravity of the place moves toward the woman in the pantsuit." - White House correspondent Anne Kornblut, June 11.
Liberal Snob Attacks Limbaugh's Mindless Dittoheads
"There are some cultural reasons why Democrats may be more attracted to the Internet. Democrats, as a group, may have warmer feelings about science and technology, or perhaps they are attracted to the decentralized, anti-authoritarian nature of blogs and e-mail (the exact opposite of a show like Rush Limbaugh's, where the host speaks and the 'dittoheads' take it all in)." - Editorial board member Adam Cohen in a June 14 signed editorial on the DailyKos convention in
4.6% Unemployment = "Job Creation Slowed to a Crawl"
"Job creation slowed to a crawl in May and hourly wages failed to keep up with inflation, the Labor Department said on Friday, in a report suggesting that high energy prices and higher interest rates are starting to crimp economic growth." - Economics reporter Edmund Andrews, June 3.
Left-Wing Hecklers Seen as "Independent" Opposition to War
"As Mr. McCain saw when he was hooted down at a speech at the
"Narrow Victory by G.O.P. Signals Fall Problems" - June 8 front-page headline over a story by political reporter Adam Nagourney. Republican Brian Bilbray beat Democrat Francine Busby by four points.