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Demagoguery emboldened: Attacks on dissent since 9/11 by Brendan Nyhan (9/30/04)

Deception becomes all too conventional by Brendan Nyhan and Ben Fritz (9/7/04)

Forty pages of sloppiness: The factual errors of Lewis Lapham's Gag Rule by Brendan Nyhan (7/15/04)

Fahrenheit 9/11: The temperature at which Michael Moore's pants burn by Brendan Nyhan (7/2/04)

Tsunami by Bryan Keefer (7/1/04)

Stereotypes run amok: Slate's misleading "Bushisms" and "Kerryisms" by Ben Fritz (6/15/04)

John Kerry's French connection by Ben Fritz and Brendan Nyhan (3/24/04)

White House effort to put recession in Clinton era / Democrats exaggerating jobs lost in Bush's term by Ben Fritz, Bryan Keefer and Brendan Nyhan (3/18/04) [Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer]

Unfair terrorist comparisons / Scientists take cheap shots at Bush by Ben Fritz, Bryan Keefer and Brendan Nyhan (3/11/04) [Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer]

Kerry joins others in misrepresenting his platform by Ben Fritz, Bryan Keefer and Brendan Nyhan (3/4/04) [Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer]

The misreported jobs projection / Attacks on Kerry's patriotism? by Ben Fritz, Bryan Keefer and Brendan Nyhan (2/26/04) [Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer]

Unfair characterization of 'outsourcing' quote / What Kerry said and when he said it by Ben Fritz, Bryan Keefer and Brendan Nyhan (2/19/04) [Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer]

Despite claims pro and con, the jury is still very much out by Ben Fritz, Bryan Keefer and Brendan Nyhan (2/12/04) [Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer]

When is a plan not really a plan? / Politics has truth twisting in the mind by Ben Fritz, Bryan Keefer and Brendan Nyhan (2/5/04) [Published as one column in the Philadelphia Inquirer]

Hateful speech and 'hate speech' by Ben Fritz, Bryan Keefer and Brendan Nyhan (1/29/04) [Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer]

"Political hate speech": A case study in the use of language as a political weapon by Brendan Nyhan (1/26/04)

A flurry of unfair associations by Ben Fritz (1/13/04)

Bush tax cut tactics spread to Democrats and beyond by Bryan Keefer (1/12/04)

Dean's not-so-straight talk on Bush and the war by Brendan Nyhan (12/17/03)

The liberal who cried wolf by Ben Fritz (12/8/03)

The Republican assault on "political hate speech" by Brendan Nyhan (11/13/03)

Strategic ambiguity about Ansar Al-Islam by Bryan Keefer (11/7/03)

Sorting out the "imminent threat" debate by Ben Fritz (11/3/03)

The $38 billion deficit that won't go away by Brendan Nyhan (10/28/03)

Coulter's questionable corrections by Bryan Keefer (10/23/03)

Dude, Where's My Intellectual Honesty? by Bryan Keefer (10/16/03)

Moore's myriad mistakes by Bryan Keefer (10/16/03)

How media myths are born: The continuing saga of the Wesley Clark phone call narrative by Brendan Nyhan (10/16/03)

Pundits keep spinning Clark phone call by Bryan Keefer (9/25/03)

The deceptive advocacy of Stephen Moore by Brendan Nyhan and Ben Fritz (9/22/03)

Big Lies and little mistakes by Bryan Keefer (9/9/03)

Pundits won't stop spinning Clark's phone call by Ben Fritz (9/3/03)

Lies, spin and truth in the controversy over Iraq's alleged pursuit of uranium by Ben Fritz and Brendan Nyhan (7/29/03)

Screed: With Treason, Ann Coulter once again defines a new low in America's political debate by Brendan Nyhan (6/30/03)

What's at stake in the WMD debate by Ben Fritz (6/24/03)

The myth of Robert Byrd and the USS Abraham Lincoln by Brendan Nyhan (6/18/03)

The strategically ambiguous George W. Bush by Bryan Keefer (6/12/03)

More myths, misconceptions and unanswered questions about the war in Iraq by Brendan Nyhan and Bryan Keefer (5/28/03)

Dowd spawns Bush media myth by Brendan Nyhan (5/22/03)

The Bush administration vs. its economists - part 2 by Brendan Nyhan (5/16/03)

The Gore-ing of John Kerry by Ben Fritz (5/7/03) [Published on Salon.com -- readers must have a Salon Premium subscription or view an advertisement.]

Myths and misconceptions about the war in Iraq by Brendan Nyhan and Bryan Keefer (4/04/03)

Myths and misconceptions about Iraq by Bryan Keefer, Ben Fritz and Brendan Nyhan (3/20/03)

The Heritage Foundation's dishonest "survey" by Brendan Nyhan (2/27/03)

Savage with the truth by Ben Fritz (2/19/03) [Published on Salon.com -- readers must have a Salon Premium subscription or view an advertisement.]

The Bush administration vs. its economists by Brendan Nyhan (2/13/03)

The art of "class warfare" by Ben Fritz (1/15/03)

A devotion to distortion by Ben Fritz (1/12/03) [Published in the Orange County Register]

Taxing the public trust by Bryan Keefer (1/10/03)

The dissent smackdown by Brendan Nyhan (1/6/03)

Gore and pundits race to the bottom by Ben Fritz (12/04/02)

Playing the patriotism card: The new wave of attacks on Tom Daschle by Bryan Keefer (11/20/02)

Viewer beware by Ben Fritz (11/19/02)

Making Bush tell the truth by Brendan Nyhan (11/8/02)

Saddam, terrorist comparisons become commonplace by Bryan Keefer (10/25/02)

A vast voter fraud conspiracy? by Brendan Nyhan (10/24/02)

The big NEA-Sept. 11 lie, cont'd by Brendan Nyhan (9/18/02) [first published on Salon.com]

The big NEA-Sept. 11 lie by Brendan Nyhan (9/5/02) [first published on Salon.com]

The blowhard next door by Ben Fritz and Bryan Keefer (8/26/02) [first published on Salon.com]

The trouble with Media Whores Online by Brendan Nyhan (8/15/02)

Looking for a silver lining by Ben Fritz (7/23/02) [first published on Salon.com]

Throwing the book at her by Bryan Keefer (7/13/02) [first published on Salon.com]

WorldCom blame game by Brendan Nyhan (7/4/02) [first published on Salon.com]

Foul cry by Ben Fritz (7/1/02) [first published on Salon.com]

When buzzwords go bad by Ben Fritz (6/11/02) [first published on Salon.com]

Axing the tough questions by Brendan Nyhan (5/21/02) [first published on Salon.com]

Hijacking the issue by Ben Fritz (5/18/02) [first published on Salon.com]

Return of Rall: Oil conspiracy redux by Bryan Keefer (4/12/02)

One Moore stupid white man by Ben Fritz (4/3/02) [first published on Salon.com]

Pickering's race war by Ben Fritz (3/13/02) [first published on Salon.com]

Bully brigade by Brendan Nyhan (3/4/02) [first published on Salon.com]

Coming up Enron by Bryan Keefer (2/20/02) [first published on Salon.com]

Mitch Daniels' fuzzy math by Brendan Nyhan (2/12/02) [first published on Salon.com]

Confusing the Facts of the GAO-Cheney Dispute by Ben Fritz (2/4/02)

The New Math: Fudging the Numbers in the Economic Blame Game by Bryan Keefer (1/28/02)

Here Comes "Daschlenomics": The GOP Readies Its Rhetorical Playbook by Brendan Nyhan (1/22/02)

Scandalous Rhetoric Before the Scandal: The Growing Enron Debate by Ben Fritz (1/14/02)

The John Walker Attack on Liberalism by Ben Fritz (12/17/01)

Closing Down Debate: Ashcroft's Attack on Dissent by Bryan Keefer (12/10/01)

"Cornbelt Cromwell" and "Senator Depends": The Return of the Politics of Personal Demonization by Brendan Nyhan (12/03/01)

Clinton Speaks, Pundits Spin: The Washington Times and the Spread of a Media Myth by Bryan Keefer (11/19/01)

Pre-empting Debate on Economic Stimulus by Ben Fritz (11/12/01)

"Patriotism" and "Treason": A New Trend in Irresponsible Wartime Rhetoric by Ben Fritz (10/29/01)

Truth and Dissembling on Central Asian Oil Politics by Brendan Nyhan (10/15/01)

Scheer Deception: The Lies and Jargon of Robert Scheer by Ben Fritz (10/08/01)

Criticizing American Policy: Picking and Choosing What is Legitimate by Bryan Keefer (10/01/01)

Suppressing Dissent At Home, Fighting for Freedom Abroad? by Brendan Nyhan (9/24/01)

Is Rational Discourse Another Casualty of Tuesday's Attacks? by Ben Fritz (9/17/01)

Spinning the Social Security Surplus by Bryan Keefer (9/10/01)

The Evolving Jargon of "Clintonization" by Brendan Nyhan (9/04/01)

Double Standards and Spin: Liberal Attacks on Bush's Foreign Policy by Ben Fritz (7/30/01)

Spinning Chandra: Making the Condit Affair Partisan by Bryan Keefer (7/23/01)

Ann Coulter: The Jargon Vanguard by Brendan Nyhan (7/16/01)

Polarized Partisans Sling Jargon Like the Pros by Ben Fritz (7/9/01)

Judging Judges: Framing the Debate Over Court Nominations by Bryan Keefer (7/2/01)

Civil Rights Jargon in the Boy Scout Debate by Brendan Nyhan (6/25/01)

Barbarism, Perversity and Ex-Trotskyites: Conservative Pundits Introduce Americans to Europe by Ben Fritz (6/18/01)

"Last-Minute" Spinning: Discrediting Clinton's Regulations by Bryan Keefer (6/11/01)

Using "Changing the Tone" to Suppress Criticism by Brendan Nyhan (6/4/01)

Recycling Rhetoric: Media Coverage of the Bush Tax Cut by Ben Fritz (5/29/01)

Powering Up the Rhetoric by Bryan Keefer (5/21/01)

The Olson Reversal by Brendan Nyhan (5/14/01)

Spin and Violence in Quebec City by Ben Fritz (5/7/01)

The Rhetoric of Uncertainty by Bryan Keefer (4/30/01)

Race and "Racial McCarthyism" by Brendan Nyhan (4/23/01)

Recount Reconsiderations by Ben Fritz (4/17/01)

Jargon 101: Pardons and Punditry by Bryan Keefer (4/9/01)

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