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Selling the Social Security Scare: A "fix" that won’t solve a "crisis" that doesn’t exist By Seth Ackerman (January/February 2005)

The Emperor's New Hump: The New York Times killed a story that could have changed the election—because it could have changed the election By Dave Lindorff (January/February 2005)

The Fairness Doctrine: How we lost it, and why we need it back By Steve Rendall (January/February 2005)

Meet the Stenographers: Press shirks duty to scrutinize official claims By Steve Rendall (November/December 2004)

Journalistic Balance as Global Warming Bias: Creating controversy where science finds consensus By Jules Boykoff and Maxwell Boykoff (November/December 2004)

A Different Race: The black press reveals gaps in mainstream election coverage By Jacqueline Bacon (November/December 2004)

It's the Economy, Stupidly: Jobs reporting protects Bush's job By Peter Hart (September/October 2004)

Media's Gay Marriage Consensus: Insider critics charge press didn't play it straight By Julie Hollar (September/October 2004)

I'm Not a Leftist, But I Play One on TV: Progressives excluded as right battles center By Steve Rendall and Anna Kosseff (September/October 2004)

Not Even the New Republic By Steve Rendall and Anna Kosseff (September/October 2004)

For more articles, please visit our archives.

Current Extra! cover The Emperor's New Hump
The New York Times killed a story that could have changed the election—because it could have changed the election

By Dave Lindorff

In the weeks leading up to the November 2 election, the New York Times was abuzz with excitement. Besides the election itself, the paper’s reporters were hard at work on two hot investigative projects, each of which could have a major impact on the outcome of the tight presidential race.

One week before Election Day, the Times (10/25/04) ran a hard-hitting and controversial exposť of the Al-Qaqaa ammunition dump—identified by U.N. inspectors before the war as containing 400 tons of special high-density explosives useful for aircraft bombings and as triggers for nuclear devices, but left unguarded and available to insurgents by U.S. forces after the invasion.

On Thursday, just three days after that first exposť, the paper was set to run a second, perhaps more explosive piece, exposing how George W. Bush had worn an electronic cueing device in his ear and probably cheated during the presidential debates.

About Extra!

Extra! is FAIR's hard-hitting bimonthly magazine of well-documented media criticism.

Published since 1987, Extra! looks at the major issues in the news, questioning the conventional wisdom that narrows the range of issues, sources and perspectives. Articles examine biased reporting, censored news, media mergers, press/state cronyism, the power of corporate owners and advertisers, and the exclusion of progressive voices from the media.

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