Janet Scott Barlow

Janet Scott Barlow is the author of The Nonpatriotic President: A Survey of the Clinton Years.

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  • Little Bitty Pretty One
    February 2010

    Little Bitty Pretty One

    The television screen shows five-year-old Tara being awakened from a sound sleep at 6 a.m. She has a beauty pageant to get ready for. To shake off her sluggishness she is given a carb-rich donut and some caffeine-loaded Mountain Dew.

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  • A Stand-up Guy
    June 2004

    A Stand-up Guy

    What is Pete Rose’s explanation for failing to remember, throughout his life, his mother’s birthday? “I just can’t seem to concentrate on things I’m not interested in.”

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  • Getting Agitated

    Celebrities—America’s “creative community”—start getting agitated when-ever the country is on the verge of war. They march in antiwar rallies; they publish antiwar ads and petitions; and, most significantly, they don antiwar clothing.

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  • September 2001

    Hearing More, Feeling Less

    On a Wednesday in June, it is reported that a woman in Houston, Texas, has methodically drowned her five children in the bathtub.

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  • July 2001

    Stranger in Paradise

    When I moved to Cincinnati from Chicago in 1973, I found I could gauge the personality of my new city by listing the things I missed about the home I'd left. I missed the bulging Chicago newspapers.

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  • June 2001

    Billy in the Lowground

    "You may look bad, Bill, but we look just plain stupid." That was the wounded and furious summation of Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen upon Bill Clinton's inglorious exit from the presidency.

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  • March 2001

    Everything Old Is New Again

    Maureen Dowd, premier columnist for the NYT, is possessed of a rare professional gift: She can be mean (often really mean) and funny (often very funny) at the same time.

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  • August 2000

    Big Laughs With Important People

    The story goes that when ABC's veteran correspondents got wind of the DiCaprio/Clinton interview, they pitched a fit. Oh my, there was displeasure.

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  • February 2000

    Excuse Me, I Think I've Got a Heartache

    One sure sign of advancing age is a transition in our perceptions of unchanging events: What was once on some level interesting or amusing is now simply irritating.

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  • December 1999

    Interpreting Compassion

    For the NYT so oblivious in its isolation, so confident in the act of judgment, politics in the form of social values always trumps religion; often it defines religion; sometimes it is religion.

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  • September 1999

    Touring the Arc

    In my mind's eye, I have come to see a great arc radiating above the Clinton presidency, an arc of constant existential activity, a zone where effects are received but not transmitted, a curved line on which every American, with the single exception of the President of the United States, occupies a place.

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  • July 1999

    Cheap Thrills

    Recently, the New York Times ran an article that described, at some length, California's latest tourist attraction, a "theme park and dinner theater" called Tinseltown Studios. Located, appropriately, just a stone's throw from Disneyland, Tinseltown is a $15 million complex that exists for the purpose of "simulating fame."

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  • December 1998

    Rich Snit

    Frank Rich, op-ed columnist for the New York Times, is an annoying public presence. He is paid by the Newspaper of Record to work himself into a twice-weekly snit, his love of the suit-state making clear that he would do it all for free if he had to.

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  • October 1998

    Hillaryland

    The barrage of coverage surrounding Hillary Clinton's birthday was generated largely by her fellow boomers, who dominate the national media. And as usual when boomers converge, everybody had more than one agenda.

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  • September 1998

    A Box Office Flop

    The box office failure of Primary Colors and Bulworth, directed by Mike Nichols and Warren Beatty respectively, has prompted Hollywood executives to view the future of the genre as "dicey," or so says entertainment writer Bernard Weinraub in the June 18 New York Times.

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  • December 1997

    Abortion, Adoption, and President Clinton

    Last year, in a span of less than six months, President Clinton vetoed the congressional ban on partial-birth abortion, thereby positioning himself, based on public-opinion surveys of the procedure, as an abortion extremist; and spoke publicly, more than once, about his desire, now or in the future, to adopt a child.

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  • June 1997

    Bad News

    Oh, the tedium. We are confronted, yet again, with the spectacle of the establishment media suffering one of their spasms of professional angst, as they ask each other, with fake drama, what their audience, in genuine anger, frequently asks them: Why do you get so much so wrong so often?

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  • October 1996

    Habla Therapy?

    Instruction #1: "Gather the following materials: a pair of scissors, paste or glue to use on paper, and a piece of construction paper, lightweight cardboard, or a plain piece of paper (in that order or preference) at least 8" x 10" and no larger than 16" X 20."

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  • Communication as Manipulation
    February 1996

    Communication as Manipulation

    In her chosen role as doting public grandmother to both Bill and Hillary Clinton, columnist Mary McGrory is ever on the alert for opportunities to whip from her journalistic handbag her favorite images of those two extraordinary kids.

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  • July 1995

    Image Is Everything

    For at least a year now—ever since the evidence became intellectually irrefutable while yet being emotionally deniable—every second sentence written or spoken about Bill Clinton by the dominant media has begun with the word "if."

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