MONDAY’S LINKS: McCain and the Press, N.O. Papers Follow Katrina, Scandal Feeds NYC Tab War

By: E&P Staff

In today’s edition, Howard Kurtz asks whether the press is turning on “straight-talker” John McCain, and how newspapers in the gulf states are still going wall-to-wall in covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


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Press Turning on John McCain?
“As he gears up for a likely presidential campaign, the Arizona senator knows that reporters and columnists — whom he jokingly described last year as ‘my base’ — have to prove their independence this time around,” writes Howard Kurtz.


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‘LAT’ Feature Finds U.S. Military Secrets for Sale at Afghan Bazaar
“No more than 200 yards from the main gate of the sprawling U.S. base here, stolen computer drives containing classified military assessments of enemy targets, names of corrupt Afghan officials and descriptions of American defenses are on sale in the local bazaar.”


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‘NYT’ Media Writer David Carr ‘Worthy’
“From the confrontational tone of much of Carr’s writing, his readers would have naturally assumed that he always delighted in throwing his subjects on their backs and triumphantly pressing a foot against their chests,” writes Jon Friedman. “But Carr, 49, repeatedly expressed self-doubt when we chatted one afternoon last week.”


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Is Murray Waas Our Woodward Now?
“By Woodward Now I mean the reporter who is actually doing what Woodward has a reputation for doing: finding, tracking, breaking into reportable parts — and then publishing — the biggest story in town,”writes Jay Rosen “He’s also putting those parts together for us.”


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Scandal Feeds ‘Daily News’/’Post’ War
The Daily News has pulled out all the stops in its coverage of accusations of attempted bribery involving a popular contributor to The Post’s vaunted Page Six gossip column. As for how The Post covered its in-house scandal — in classic self-congratulatory Post style, it ran a brief story on Page 3 last Friday that included the boast, “The Post broke the story on its Web site yesterday.”


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As Katrina Recedes, Local Newspapers Still Aggressively Following Story
“These writers are energized and passionate,” said Angele Thionville, 34, a mother of three boys, as she glanced up from the paper. She was not a big fan of The Times-Picayune before Katrina, she said, but now if she misses the paper one day, “I feel so out of touch.”


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Iranian Paper Shut Down, Publisher in Jail
The publisher of a weekly daily in southern Iran was sentenced to jail and the paper permanently shut down for “insulting the Islamic Republic’s leadership”, the student news agency ISNA reported.

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