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Get Me a Bodyguard Already

On April 24th, Helen Thomas wrote in her weekly column, “if history repeats itself, the loser of this year’s presidential election will blame the news media.” [SEE FULL ARTICLE, “The Loser Always Blame the Media”] With the recent case of Hillary versus Barack, Helen’s assessment was spot on. Last Saturday I had a unexpected, and…

Why Harvard Matters

Today the Wall Street Journal’s William McGurn wrote an Opinion piece called “Why Harvard Harasses the Military.” I read it, but I admit I was turned off. I paused and absorbed. Then my fingers started. I hate when it happens, but it’s not like I can help it. I wrote a reponse. Direct. Clean. And…

Raw is Rare: Chasing the Real Story

There have been times when I’m literally running, twisting through bodies and assembling equipment on the matted mud of the National Mall to swing a story. Then there was last Monday, at American University, where I chased one that I didn’t think I could possibly get. It was almost 12:15 and I had no more than a half…

Santa Lives on Broadway

Towards the end of orientation, my colleague, Sara Benincasa (NY), raised her hand. We were in a Q&A session with a MTV techie–drilling him with technical questions and suggestions for improving THINK.MTV.COM. Finally, Sara was called on. “Um, yeah, Santa, I have a question too…” Before he could even smile the whole room erupted in…

Street Team '08 Orientation Recap

So I survived MTV’s journalism boot camp which was a few very compressed and intense days in New York City. Here’s a recap of what I wrote to my family and friends. …Life in DC has been busy since I got back from MTV’s Street Team orientation. It was one hell of a trip, with…