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Fact-checking Web sites are good news in a muddy presidential race

These Web sites are actually focusing on the candidates’ positions, something the press should be doing.

Floods, fights constitute strange week in Columbia

In a week filled with Ike floodwaters, a drowning death an a fight that spread across a large swath of downtown, the Missourian helped citizens separate rumor from fact and put events in context.

MSNBC makes right call by taking Matthews, Olbermann off anchor desk

MSNBC's decision last week to replace the team of Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann as anchors of its live political coverage for the rest of the presidential campaign season cheered conservativesand angered liberals.

Palin sounds unsolid on questions of national security

Sarah Palin should have known better about the “Bush Doctrine” in her interview with Charlie Gibson. This candidate for vice president scares me.

Obama’s tax plans need second look

The tax policy bogeyman deployed largely to excite class envy needs badly an exposure to sunlight.

Obama needs more than change and Bill to win

Obama has not done enough to bring the Democratic party together to have a succesful campaign. Obama is going to have to do more than just comparing McCain to Bush; he has to actively bring people together and campaign on his own policies.

Billboards inspire young Missouri voters to cruise to the polls

Organizers of Art the Vote hope the billboards, which feature work by four Missouri artists, will empower voters ages 18 to 24, who register and vote less often than their older counterparts.

An election driven by hatred

With one of this country's most controversial elections upon us, many old prejudices have re-emerged.

Israeli Kadima Party: the beginning of the end?

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been accused of bribery and says he will resign if criminally indicted. Olmert is the leader of the Kadima Party, a party riding on the memory of Ariel Sharon and from which a new prime minister will be elected on Sept. 17.

Journalists are biased, and for the good of society

Conservatives often critize journalists saying that they are biased. When reading a journalist’s job description it does show they are biased, but that doesn’t mean they lean towards a particular political party.

Fact-checking Web sites are good news in a muddy presidential race

That’s just politics, you say? Sadly, you may be right. But we were promised something different and better in what just may be the most consequential contest of our time.

Lots of skeletons in Palin's closet

McCain's vice presidential nominee does not have a good relationship with the press, and that could come back to haunt her.

Duality of affection for the Missourian

Two people with completely different attachments to the Missourian — one of a lifetime, the other of a moment — see something special in this not-so-old publication.

Seven years later, pain of Sept. 11 has not faded

I wanted part of my life back as I walked past twisted beams and photographs of the true heroes, the police and firefighters of New York ... Part of my life was lost, a pain I cannot truly describe.

Great journalism alumni from the past foreshadow students’ possible futures

Centennial celebration showscases great students from the past. One panel this week featured four former Missourian reporters who have gone on to win journalism’s highest honor, the Pulitzer prize.

Columbia plays an integral part in the development of great journalists

This week, a number of our graduates who have become editors, won Pulitzers or daily their communities to know themselves better, will be here. You helped teach all of them. You answered their questions — and sometimes refused, which was another important lesson — you filled in missing background, and you challenged them.

Palin may be most experienced candidate

Despite the huge emphasis put on lack of experience in the upcoming election, Sarah Palin may be the candidate with the most.

National political problems are rooted in personal hypocrisy

This business of allowing paid public servants to do whatever they please ... is so out of control that only the most irresponsible would insist that it continue.

Visioning Showcase lacked visionaries

The visioning process started well two years ago, but if Thursday's attendance is an indication, the process is losing steam.

Need balance and RNC blogger on short notice? Go to Google

When the Missourian suddenly didn't have bloggers from the RNC, editor Jake Sherlock scrambled to keep the opinion page balanced.

 

 

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