The Lost Village

Beltway pundits meanwhile sneer about the Beltway pundits, as if they weren’t just such pundits themselves. The major players here accuse one another of being that which they themselves are; and this Dostoevskyian undertone reached its peak, or nadir, in the Clinton impeachment farce, when one after another of the President’s accusers turned out to… Read more »

Class Act

“We’re going to talk about eyes today; we all have two,” she says—no, decrees—to 22 students watching her from behind laboratory benches. “Why?” A small pause, short enough to escape conscious notice but long enough to underline the question’s significance. And when Matthews launches into her introduction, she paces and gestures, delivering lab instructions in… Read more »

Drug Rush

You might think that under the circumstances, the government would be pouring enormous resources into evaluating the hows and whys of prescription drug fatalities, but it is not. Industry-supported reforms have provided the FDA major resources to focus on the approval of new drugs, but once these drugs are out in the market, the picture… Read more »

One Eye on the Exit

From the chief of staff to the most obscure policy advisor, White House staffers show up with bubbling idealism, great expectations, and seemingly unlimited vigor. Then, usually within 18 months, they’re out. Although a few stick around until a new president has been elected and the moving vans roll up, most others call it quits… Read more »

A Newsroom Hero

History will record that the plane did indeed fly into the mountain: after a stormy two-year tenure in Atlanta, when the paper won two Pulitzers but Kovach ran afoul of his profit-minded corporate bosses, he left Atlanta to become curator of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. This summer he’s returning to Washington to write books… Read more »

Missed Information

Certainly, a few reporters do use the Freedom of Information Act—sometimes with spectacular results. Reporter Russell Carollo of the Dayton Daily News filed more than 100 FOIA requests for the 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning series on military medicine he co-authored with Jeff Nesmith. But most reporters never use the law at all. Many FOIA-centered stories in… Read more »

Leg Room

Rather quietly in what is usually a publicity-oriented industry, the king of aerospace firms has begun selling the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), a 737-700 jetliner, which normally seats about 125 passengers, modified into a corporate aircraft for the use of a few executives or even just one person. Boeing delivered the first fully completed (that… Read more »

Fighting Chance

Jewel Foster was a single mother in Chicago’s South Side. She’d been scraping by without working for several years, but when her sixth child arrived and her boyfriend left her high and dry, she knew she’d need to make some extra money. She lined up a promising job—working as a cashier at Chicago’s high-end Marshall… Read more »

Untruth In Advertising

“Hi I’m Flo! I want to thank the thousands of seniors who have written urging Congress to help seniors in need get Rx drug coverage. Please keep urging your Member of Congress to join hands with Citizens for Better Medicare to support bipartisan plans for Rx coverage. It’s the best way to ensure seniors get… Read more »

He’s No Pinocchio

This harsh assessment has been handed down across the media spectrum—from The Washington Post to The Washington Times, from The New York Times to the New York Post, from NBC’s cable networks to the traveling press corps. Journalists and pundits freely denounce Gore as “a liar,” “delusional,” “Pinocchio,” a “Zelig” character who inserts himself into… Read more »