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How to Build an Article Accelerator

WASHINGTON -- Because I live and work in Washington, D.C., I have a ringside seat at the world capital of The Persuasive Arts, or, as I like to call it, The Opinions Racket. The following story is completely true, if deliberately short on ...

Meet Meathead

WASHINGTON -- This is a true conversation that once happened on a car trip through the country:

Wife: Look at the lambs!

Me: Where?

Wife: There.

Me: Those arent lambs. Those are baby sheep.

Wife: Lambs are baby sheep.

Me: I thought lambs ...

An Old Cuss

WASHINGTON -- The world of journalism was most recently rocked -- it gets rocked more often than an insomniac baby -- when the publisher of the York (Pa.) Daily Record issued an edict banning cursing in the newsroom.

The use of foul language has ...

The Opie-Changey Thing

WASHINGTON -- As I write this, a mini foofaraw is unfoofing over whether Selma, the new movie about Martin Luther King Jr., misrepresents Lyndon Johnsons role in passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. To add tension and conflict, the filmmakers ...

A Crime of Frankensteinian Proportions

WASHINGTON -- Several well-known journalists have been accused in recent weeks of the cheesiest sort of plagiarism: stealing phrases from humble sources like Wikipedia. Because of the casual nature of these offenses -- the sin sometimes seems ...