Gwen's Take

Recalculating: News and Politics in the Age of GPS

Posted: September 9, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Like many of you, I have become slightly addicted to the voice embedded in my dashboard that tells me where and how to drive my car.

If I miss an exit, it grows silent for a moment before calmly advising me that it is “recalculating.”

If only there were a global positioning app for the news and politics.

The Peace of The Brave: Middle East Peace Talks Then and Now

Posted: September 2, 2010 at 6:03 pm

“A great moment of opportunity,” she said.

“There's a lot of skepticism out there,” he said. “But I think there is ground to be hopeful.”

Why We Love It When the President Goes Away

Posted: August 26, 2010 at 5:11 pm

The President of the United States is on vacation. I am not. It rained for his first three days in Martha’s Vineyard. The sun was shining here. (Tee hee.)

Forgive my enjoyment. But it’s nice to take a break from news of floods, imminent hurricanes, mosque debates and the impending spectacle of Glenn Beck and Al Sharpton facing off on the National Mall this weekend, to meditate on something lighter for a change – time off.

An Unplanned Aberration: A peek behind the curtain at the PBS NewsHour

Posted: August 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm

If the camera had continued rolling Monday night at the NewsHour after I completed a segment on the debate over the so-called “ground zero mosque,” you would have seen me beating my head against the anchor desk.

Leaning Left and Right: Why Labels Won't Help This Year

Posted: August 12, 2010 at 3:13 pm

OK, folks, it’s time for another of my periodic forays into definitional politics.

To accomplish this, I have to take my own profession to task – and then rise to its defense. The problem: we reach too easily for shorthand. The defense: we live for shorthand.

This run-up to this week’s elections gave us a rich trove of gaffes to choose from to help me make my point, but I’ll settle on two events that lend themselves to two key questions.

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