Michael Scherer

Michael Scherer is the Washington Bureau Chief for TIME.

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McCain’s Irony Effect

Neal Gabler has a must-read op-ed in the New York Times today, and not least because he identifies me as “a blogger,” which I think should give me some long-denied cred next time I head to Yearly Kos. It is about McCain’s use of irony and self-deprecation to win over the political press.

Seeming to view himself and the whole political

The Internet Effect on News

Here is a basic shift that has occurred in the news business: Because of the Internet, you, the reader, no longer have to buy information in pre-fabricated packages like “newspapers.” You can just go online and individually select the articles you want to read. And there are lots of websites and blogs to help you out. Every day, Matt …

Do Not Joke With The Political Press

Earlier today, Eric Woolson, the former Iowa campaign manager for Mike Huckabee, sent out an informal email to some people, including a bunch of reporters. He had meant it as a funny thing that we would all keep private. But he made a horrific error. He got funny. To wit:

It comes as no surprise to most of you who know me: My office is

The Phony Second-Degree Political Scandal

Public officials do bad things. They take bribes, sleep with prostitutes, make racially insensitive jokes and take positions over which you, the voter, can justifiably be upset. These are first-degree political sins committed by first-degree political sinners that lead to first-degree political scandals. And they are clearly …

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