ciiMieernP R ^ LORDS!rnn m iiiiM^rnChroniclesrnA M A G A Z I N E OF A M E R I C A N C U L T U R ErnPERSPECTIVErnHonest Journalistrnby Thomas FlemingrnA modest proposal.rn10rnVIEWSrnIndependent Media Tribesrnby Jesse WalkerrnBypassing the old gatekeepers.rnReality TV Newsrnby Justin RaimondornScripted by the Bush administration.rnNEWSrn15rn18rnThe Fall of Lord Blackadder and Lady Manolo (of Blahnik) 20rnby Kevin Michael GracernConrad Black (and blue).rnThe Fourth Choicernby William J. QuirkrnEnding the reign of activist judges.rnREVIEWSrn23rnA League of Bushesrnb}’ Ben C. Toledanorn26rnKevin Phillips: American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortunernand the Politics of Deceit in the House of BushrnJames O. Tate on Randall Ivey’s The Shape of 29rna Man: A Novella and Five Stories and The MutilationrnGypsy and Other Stories • • Katherine Dalton onrnJohn Shelton Reed’s Minding the South • • JanetrnScott Barlow on Pete Rose’s and Rick Hill’s My PrisonrnWithout Bars ••• Fr. Michael P. Orsi on Jim Powell’srnFDR’s Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolongedrnthe Great Depression • • Patrick J. Walsh on JonathanrnBate’s John Clare: A Biography and “I AM”: The SelectedrnPoetry of John Clare, edited by Jonathan Bate •••rnCORRESPONDENCErnLetter From England: The End of the Affair? 38rnby Derek TurnerrnLetter From Australia: A Tale of Two Queenslanders 39rnby R.J. StovernVITAL SIGNSrnTHE MEDIA: Whose Bias? 43rnby Leon T. HadarrnINTELLIGENCE: Who Was Watching the Watchers? 44rnby Margie BurnsrnCOLUMNSrnSINS OF OMISSION 13rnby Roger McCrathrnPRINCIPALITIES & POWERS 34rnby Samuel FrancisrnTHE ROCKFORD FILES 36rnby Scoti: P. RichertrnEUROPEAN DIARY 37rnby Andrei NavrozovrnTHE AMERICAN INTEREST 41rnby Srdja TrifkovicrnIN THE DARK 46rnEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Returnrnby George McCartneyrnTHE HUNDREDTH MERIDIAN 48rnby Chilton Williamson, Jr.rnRESOURCES 50rnby Scott P. RichertrnDEPARTMENTSrnPOLEMICS & EXCHANGESrnAMERICAN PROSCENIUMrnCULTURAL REVOLUTIONSrnPOETRYrnA Flock of Sheep andrnOn the Way to Inverness by Peter HuntrnON THE COVERrnCover and inside illustrations by Melanie Andersonrnand H. Ward Sterett.rn4rn6rn7rn12rn19rnJUNE 2004/3rnrnrn