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Articles by Nicholas Lemann published in the New Yorker Magazine

Selected articles from 2007 and 2006 by Nicholas Lemann

Rovian Ways
August 27, 2007 Comment
Comment about the resignation of Karl Rove. When George W. Bush began running for President, Karl Rove sold the business he’d spend his adult life building up, went to work for Bush as an employee, and remained an employee until he announced last week that he’d be leaving the White…

Reversals
July 30, 2007 Comment
Comment about the recent Supreme Court decision on school integration. Just before the end of the past term, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, that signaled a complete departure from over half a century of jurisprudence on race. The case is called Parents…

O Lucky Man!
May 28, 2007 Books
BOOKS review of “The Reagan Diaries” (HarperCollins; $35). Ronald Reagan was the only President during the last century to keep an almost daily diary, and the result, “The Reagan Diaries” (HarperCollins; $35), takes its place next to an earlier volume of correspondence writing, another of speeches, and yet…

Tune In Yesterday
April 30, 2007 Books
BOOKS review on the history of television. Television swept across mid-century American society as rapidly as the Internet is sweeping across it now. So it’s easy to forget that everything about it was once up for grabs. By the end of the period that James L. Baughman covers in…

Comment: Hard Cases
Comment
Comment about the trial of Lewis (Scooter) Libby… The trial has the air of a proxy prosecution of the Bush Administration, but its outcome won’t have any effect on the White House. What’s ultimately behind Libby’s trial is the Administration’s obsession with finding hard evidence for what it already believes. President Bush is often said to have misled the country into war in Iraq. But it’s equally true that the Administration misled itself into war…

Hard Cases
January 29, 2007 Comment
Comment about the trial of Lewis (Scooter) Libby… The trial has the air of a proxy prosecution of the Bush Administration, but its outcome won’t have any effect on the White House. What’s ultimately behind Libby’s trial is the Administration’s obsession with finding hard evidence for what it already believes…

The Weekly Warrior [ABSTRACT]
November 27, 2006 The Wayward Press
THE WAYWARD PRESS about I.F. Stone… I.F. Stone has already been the subject of three books, and a fourth, possibly the most ambitious, is a biography by D.D. Guttenplan, the London correspondent of The Nation. This year brought a biography of Stone by Myra MacPherson, a Washington Post reporter for…

Paranoid Style [ABSTRACT]
October 16, 2006 The Wayward Press
THE WAYWARD PRESS about how conspiracy theories became news. It is hard to think of any event in our national life at once so devastating and so puzzling as September 11th (9/11). The conspiracy by Islamists against America that Pres. Bush announced 5 years ago forms a kind of matched…

Amateur Hour
August 07, 2006 The Wayward Press
THE WAYWARD PRESS about Internet journalism… Writer considers the argument that Internet journalism will break the long-standing choke hold on public information and discussion that the traditional media have supposedly been able to maintain up until now. The rhetoric about Internet journalism is plausible only because it conflates several…

Fear Factor
March 27, 2006 The Wayward Press
THE WAYWARD PRESS about Fox talk-show host Bill O'Reilly. During what you could call Bill O'Reilly's classical period, the first few years of “The O'Reilly Factor”-which debuted in 1996, when Fox News was established-O'Reilly seemed like a recognizable member of the conservative-talk-show-host species. Now…

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