President Obama is currently taping an episode of "The Daily Show" to air tonight, and the pool reporter, David Nakamura of the Washington Post, very helpfully included links to his five previous appearances on the show.
The last one was in 2010; there were two in 2008 and one in 2007. And there was one way back in 2005, when Obama was new enough to the Senate that Jon Stewart jokes with him about hazing rituals. (The punchline is that he has to sometimes stand between Harry Reid and Bill Frist.)
This month marks nine years since the American invasion of Baghdad. While the United States military mission in Iraq officially ended in December, the impact of war will continue to reverberate for many years to come, both for those who fought it and with those who witnessed it. The latter group was the focus at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on Wednesday night, where the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma hosted a panel of Iraq war journalists—many of whom came of age, both professionally and personally, during their time there.
Bill Keller says 'Times' readers 'have not forgotten that we blew it on Iraq,' and that's one reason Iran is different
"We can't entirely leech the New York-ness out of The New York Times," said Keller. "If we somehow achieved absolute objectivity, it would be kind of tedious to read. ... Watching The New York Times try to be even-handed on some issues is like trying to watch somebody dance their kids' dance styles. We look like we're trying too hard. Yes, we should be even-handed, we should certainly follow the basic rule of reporting, challenging your assumptions, and we should be ruthless about having a public editor or an editors' note to call ourselves out. ... But it is possible to be fair and still radiate a cultural persona."(1)
Back in October, when President Obama announced that the remaining 39,000 U.S. soldiers still in Iraq would be pulled out by year's end, we reported that a number of major American media outlets that have been covering the conflict did not plan on pulling out themselves.
"When you take America out of the equation, what kind of country does it become?" New York Times foreign editor Joe Kahn told us at the time. "We're not going to stop covering the country because the American military has pulled out. We'll continue to watch the story."
Indeed, the Times appears to be offering the most comprehensive coverage of this very first step in the next phase of Iraq reportage.
Representative Peter King has almost settled on a presidential candidate.