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MATT WELCH

Hi, my name's Matt Welch. Welcome to my site! This is the place where I keep most of the articles and columns I've written since early 1998, divided up into all kinds of sub-categories you can see in the blue bar over on the left, or just plopped down in reverse chronological order directly below (though that list is incomplete). For a daily discussion of newsr, please visit my weblog, and feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for coming, and have fun looking around!


Velvet President
Why Vaclav Havel Is Our Era's George Orwell and More
Reason - May 2003

Is 'Bandar Bush' Above the Law?
Saudi Ambassador and Wife Should Be Deported for National Security
National Post - April 19, 2003

Get Ready for Patriot II
Under Fog of War, Ashcroft Plans to Roll Back Civil Liberties
AlterNet - April 2, 2003

Operation 'Finish the Job' Defies Prediction
12 Years of Hindsight Doesn't Make Gulf War I Much Clearer
National Post - March 22, 2003

Where Are LA's 'Mad Cowboys'?
Shooting Down Anti-war Rhetoric at the Mall
National Post - March 8, 2003

The Tabloids Strike Back
New Populist Dailies Offer Alternative to Elitist Mainstream Newspapers
National Post - February 22, 2003

Bush and the Art of Rope-a-Dope
Is Dubya as Fast on his Feet as Mohammed Ali?
National Post - February 8, 2003

Let Them Eat Bagels
Grumpy Herald-Tribune Swallowed Whole by the New York Times
National Post - January 25, 2003

America's Secret Weapon: The Faet Weapon: The Facts
Pointing out the Lies Could Help Quell the Latest Frenzy of U.S.-Bashing
National Post - January 11, 2003

Paper Cuts
Student Op-ed Pieces Result in Free-speech Fracas at Cali High School
Teacher Magazine - January, 2003

Rubbing Salt in Old Cold-War Wounds
Bush's Iran-Contra Appointments Add Insult to Unhealed Injuries
National Post - December 14, 2002

Havel's Amazing Swan Song
NATO Expansion is Czech President's Ultimate Achievement
National Post - November 23, 2002

Woe is Media
It's Time to Save Journalism From its Saviors
Reason - December, 2002

Gray Skies From Now On
Dreary California Governor an Early Bet for Presidential Nomination
National Post - November 9, 2002

The U.S. Version of Adult Supervision
Washington Thwarts Allies' Aspirations at Great Peril
National Post - October 19, 2002

Deals With the Devil
What Horses Will the U.S. Trade to Gain Support for an Iraq War?
National Post - October 5, 2002

'Runaway' Strain
The American Politics of Runaway Film Production in Canada
National Post - September 21, 2002

'Death of Dissent' a Myth
American Debate Since Sept. 11 Has Been Vigorous, not Quashed
National Post - September 7, 2002

Shilling for the House of Saud
Former U.S. Ambassadors Have Become Saudi Arabia's Apologists
National Post - August 24, 2002

Iraqi Death Toll Doesn't Add up
Sanctions Imposed 12 Years Ago Blamed on a Million Fatalities
National Post - August 10, 2002

The 'Big Brother' Who Never Was
AOL Time Warner Was Never as Dangerous as Some Critics Suggested
National Post - July 27, 2002

Red & Blue Feud Resumes
Dull Partisan Sniping is Back ... But Maybe not All the Way
Tech Central Station - July 25, 2002

Hahn Failed Truth Test in LAX Shooting
Be Very Worried When the Mayor and the FBI Downplay 'Terrorism' in Case Involving Egyptians or Saudi Arabians
Los Angeles Daily News - July 14, 2002

Dubya Losing Benefit of the Doubt
Moratorium on Bush-bashing is Over
National Post - July 6, 2002

Manufacturing Dissent
Noam Chomsky Calls the U.S. a Terrorist State. Much of the World, it Seems, is Listening
National Post - June 8, 2002

Foul Ball
How Castro and the Embargo Have Silenced a Cuban Baseball Historian
Reason - June, 2002

Speaking Lies to Power
Ralph Nader Fudges the Truth Just Like a Real Politician
Reason - May, 2002

The Cuban Senators
Julio Becquer and the Last-Place Cuban-Flavored Teams of 1950s D.C.
ESPN.com - March 11, 2002

The Politics of Dead Children
Have Sanctions Against Iraq Really Murdered Millions?
Reason - March, 2002

Censorship Gravy Train
Oh, To Be a Seven-Figure Victim of the New McCarthyism
Reason - January 25, 2002

Weaning Europeans from the U.S. Teat
After Euro, Let Next Project Be Military, Defense Spending and Maturity
NewsForChange - January 15, 2002

The Power of 'I'm Sorry'
How the U.S. Apologizes for Past Misdeeds, and why it Must Do More
NewsForChange - January 10, 2002

Online Resources for the Iraqi-babies Question
Where to Begin Figuring out Whether Sanctions Have Killed Millions
Online Journalism Review - December 28, 2001

Expatriates and War
How Monolithic Enclaves Create Feedback Loops and Quell Debate
mattwelch.com - December 18, 2001

George Harrison and Dissent
The Cry of 'Conformity!' is an Aesthetic, not Rational, Response
NewsForChange - December 7, 2001

The Libertine Right
Has Sept. 11 Made Right Wingers Defenders of Decadence?
Reason - November 26, 2001

Tough Love?
Saudis Have an Odd Way of Being Allies
Los Angeles Daily News - November 11, 2001

The Case Against Saudi Arabia
Defanging the House of Saud is a Bipartisan Matter of Self-defense
NewsForChange - November 6, 2001

Optimism or Propaganda? An Exchange
My Debate with a Chomskyite Reader Over U.S. Foreign Policy
NewsForChange - November 1, 2001

Hyperbole in Wartime is Immoral
Now More Than Ever, Beware the Language of Equivalence
Los Angeles Daily News - October 28, 2001

Optimists and Pessimists: Switch Sides!
You Don't Know What You're Missing, Until You Try
NewsForChange - October 25, 2001

That's Why They Call it Realpolitik
Time for all of us to Make Tough Calls About Undemocratic Countries
NewsForChange - October 11, 2001

Buck Up, Lefties!
You're Already Having an Effect; Now Go Make Some War Aims
NewsForChange - September 22, 2001

Go Gently Into That Good Argument
Precautions You Should Take Before Arguing About the War
NewsForChange - September 19, 2001

Media Criticism Gone Horribly Wrong
What the Condit-Inspired Navel-Gazing Says About American Journalism
Online Journalism Review - August 9, 2001

No Patience for Phony 'Bill of Rights'
HMO Reform is Cute, but Have you Ever Tried to get Insurance?
Los Angeles Daily News - August 5, 2001

The Webbys' Tribute to San Francisco
Internet Awards Celebrate and Console the City That Started it all
Online Journalism Review - July 25, 2001

Media Scolds Blow Condit Story
If Bernie Kalb Was in Charge, Congressman Would Have Never Fessed up
NewsForChange - July 13, 2001

A Little Less Absolute Power
Supreme Court Chips Away at the Anti-Immigrant Frenzy of '96
NewsForChange - July 5, 2001

Immigration Foes on Wrong Side of History
Racial Hysteria, not Multicultural Harmony, Dominates California's Past
NewsForChange - July 2, 2001

Parallel Lives, Pugilist Politics
Strange Things Happen When You Treat Enemies Like Humans
NewsForChange - June 27, 2001

MORE: Read All the '75 Outrage' Columns on Campaigns,
Conventions, Cops and Culture

Mayor's Race Ignored the Biggest Issue
Immigration Was the Invisible 800-pound Gorilla in L.A.
Los Angeles Daily News - June 24, 2001

Suck: From Oasis to Mirage
How the Suspended Daily Set the Standard for Media Criticism
Online Journalism Review - June 21, 2001

The Web's Most Curious Man
15 Questions With Online Journalism Pioneer Tom Mangan
Online Journalism Review - May 3, 2001

No Mo, Thank Heavens
Why the Angels Will Be Better Without Mo Vaughn -- and Why Statistics Underestimate the Defensive Value of First Basemen
Sportsjones - April 12, 2001

New Jersey's Teen Matt Drudge
Sergio Bichao's Underground Web Newspaper has his High School Reeling
Online Journalism Review - March 12, 2001

Private Free Speech vs. High School Safety
Legal Squabbles Bloom Between Student Publishers and Nervous Schools
Online Journalism Review - March 12, 2001

CANN They?
How L.A. Governs -- and May Yet Overthrow -- the Internet
Zone News - February 1, 2001

Michael Kinsley: The Apologist
Slate Editor Wastes Precious Breath Telling Bad Jokes About Bill Gates, Defending Microsoft, and Making the World Safe for Selling Out
Online Journalism Review - January 22, 2001

Hunter Thompson, Online Columnist
How the Man Who Launched a Thousand Newspaper Careers
Ended up at ESPN.com
Online Journalism Review - December 21, 2000

The Two-Hour Reich
An Election Morning White House Stroll Begins With Ugly Young Republicans and Ends With a Mugging. And That Was Before the Pat Buchanan Encounter
NewsForChange - November 20, 2000

Baseball's Cruel Political Satire
Bush/Gore World Series Debate: E-mail Hoax, or the Hilarious Truth?
Online Journalism Review - November 20, 2000

A Season to Remember
New Book by Texas Prof Does Admirable Job of Chronicling the '97-98 Cuban Baseball Crisis
Sportsjones - November 17, 2000

The Spoiler's Fuzzy Math
Nader's Defiance and Evasion Reflect Schizophrenia of a Third-Party Campaign That Was Essentially a Liberal-Democrat Revolt
mattwelch.com - November 9, 2000

Election Night at Nader HQ
Live Weblog of Weird Scenes Inside 'Spoiler' Central
NewsForChange - November 7-8, 2000

Behind Nader's 'Mad Dash'
How a Third-Party Mumbler Sold out Arenas Like a Rock Star
NewsForChange - November 7, 2000

Ralphing on the National Press
Er, Why Was I the Only Reporter on the Spoiler's Campaign Trail Six Weeks Before the Election he's About to Wreck?
Online Journalism Review - November 3, 2000

As Gore Attacks, Nader Calls VP 'Pathetic'
In Interview, Gleeful Green Says Demo is 'Sinking in the Quicksand,' Because he's 'Incapable of Telling the Truth'
NewsForChange - October 24, 2000

Give Us Your Poor, Leave the Rich Home
Nader's One-of-a-kind Immigration Policy Would Crack Down on H1-Bs, Offer Full Rights to Farmworkers, and Cut Off Support for 'Dictatorships' Like India and Mexico
NewsForChange - October 24, 2000

Gore 'Cowardly' on Mideast, Says Nader
Lebanese-American Candidate Says Israel Needs to 'Back Off;' Arab-American Support Swells to 15%, and Michigan May Hang in the Balance
NewsForChange - October 23, 2000

The Gloomy Comedian
He May Want to Expand the IRS, Raise Taxes and Crack Down on 'Trivial Small-Talk,' But Nader is a Surprisingly Humorous Campaigner
NewsForChange - October 20, 2000

Nader's Race Problem
Candidate Has Most 'Progressive' Affirmative Action Agenda by Far,
But His Class-Based Philosophy, Personal Awkwardness and Siphoning of Democratic Votes Leaves Some Minority Leaders Cold
NewsForChange - September 22, 2000

Biting the Hand That Doesn't Feed
How an Attention-starved Nader Flatters Reporters in Private, Trashes 'Corporate Media Oligarchs' in Public, and Calls for Billion-dollar Broadcast Taxes to Pay for 'Our Own Stations'
NewsForChange - September 19, 2000

Nader on NOW: 'On Their Knees'
Candidate Blasts Women's Group After Being Called 'Willfully Ignorant'
NewsForChange - September 14, 2000

The Morning After
What Did the Convention Mean for L.A.'s 'Digital Coast?' Beyond the Parties and p://mattwelch.com/ZoneSave/PopKaboom.htm">Pop or Kaboom?
What Will Happen to L.A. When the Markets Finally Crash?
Zone News - April 1, 2000

Brill's Conflictville Disclosure: Whoops!
'Media Watchdog' Lies, Spits out Own Medicine in First Issue After 'Contentville' Announcement
Online Journalism Review - March 9, 2000

Unconventional Planning
Democratic Convention Seeks Money and Gear, L.A. Tech Firms Crave Publicity and Political Pull, so Why Won't They Mate?
PLUS: Hard-wiring the Convention
Zone News - March 1, 2000

Why You Shouldn't Trust This Magazine
The Column Brill's Content Subscribers Would Have Read -- if the Editors Had Any Spine
Written for Brill's Content - February 22, 2000

Bye Bye, Brill
Media Cop Turns Media Whore
Online Journalism Review - February 10, 2000

Hollywood Goofy Over AOL-Time Warner
Merger Has Executives and Journalists Gossiping Like Schoolgirls
Wired News - February 4, 2000

Spin City for Troubled BMG Music
Boss Strauss Zelnick Downplays Botched Firing of Clive Davis,
The Threat of MP3, and the Mergers That Left Him Behind
Wired News - February 4, 2000

Deconstructing the Mergers
Industry Leaders to Convene in First Major Gathering
Since AOL Gobbled Time Warner and EMI
Wired News - February 2, 2000

Too Dumb to Snoop — So Far
Digital Downloading and Record Biz Consolidation
Still Pose Huge Threat Against Privacy
Wired News - February 2, 2000

AOL-Time Warner: Bully for L.A.
Merger Could Jump-Start Broadband, Force Entertainment
Industry to Get it Together
Zone News - February 1, 2000

When Mass Mediocrities Mate
So, AOL-Time Warner Is Bad for Good Journalism?
What Good Journalism?
Online Journalism Review - January 23, 2000

The Internet's Dr. Frankenstein
UCLA Professor Leonard Kleinrock Is Still Dreaming up Schemes,
30 Years After he Plugged in the ARPANet
Zone News - January 1, 2000

Making Crime News Pay
How AP-style Sobriety, When Applied to a Tabloid Topic,
Equals Internet Millions ... Even Without a Business Plan
PLUS: APB's Schanberg on Journalism's Ills
AND: Judge Blocks APB's Right to Publish
Online Journalism Review - December 14, 1999

Desperately Seeking Good E-Lancers
Online Editors Share E-mail Horror Stories, While Freelancers
Revel in Ever-Expanding Possibilities
PLUS: 4 Online Freelance Brokerage Services
Online Journalism Review - November 18, 1999

The Stealth Revolutionary
Why the Record Industry Should Be Terrified of
Marc Geiger and ARTISTDirect
Zone News - October 1, 1999

Bulworth at the Beverly Hilton
Candidate Beatty Gives Vigorous Speech to Impotent Audience
Tabloid - September 30, 1999

Live, From the Fishbowl!
Bay Area Journalists Gaze Deep into Navels and Discover Fuzz
Online Journalism Review - September 28, 1999

Thomas Dolby Says it's Payback Time
Major Labels Deserve Everything They're About to Get, Says
Nerd-Rocker
Wired News - September 9, 1999

AP Sucks Life out of Online News
Why Should Every News Site Look the Same, When They're Not?
Online Journalism Review - May 20, 1999

What if You Couldn't Trust the NY Times?
Paper of Record Batters Amazon Without Disclosing Professional Rivalry
Online Journalism Review - April 24, 1999

Kosovo Illustrates Journalism's Failings
This Is What You Get When You Abolish International Bureaus
PLUS: Honor Roll of Balkan Bureau Vets
Online Journalism Review - April 9, 1999

24 Alternative Sources of Kosovo News
Sites Broken Down by Reliability, Type and Political Slant
Online Journalism Review - March 30, 1999

Hack-work on Hackers: Two Case Studies
How Do You Maintain Your Nerd Cred and Professional Skepticism at the Same Time, and How Do You Handle Your Mistakes?
FEATURING: The 'Anti-Porn Hacker' Who Wasn't
PLUS: Techies Slam Paper's Report, Wrongly
AND: Plagiarism or 'Background Research'?
Online Journalism Review - March 25, 1999

The Daily Blunder
Slipup.com Trying to Get People Excited About Online Corrections Policies
PLUS: Debunking Urban Legends from the SF Valley
AND: Round-up of Sites that Track Media Error
Online Journalism Review - March 4, 1999

Ex-Cop's Daughter Hounded by Police
Politically Incorrect Father Arbuting to Delinquency in Tennessee; Baffled Teen Flees State
Putnam Pit - March 1, 1999

What Do You Tell the Boss?
Full-time Reporters Who Publish Sites on the Side Share Tactics
Online Journalism Review - February 11, 1999

New Utopia to Rise From the Sea!
Prince Lazarus Building Tax-free Island of Polygamy and Eternal Youth
Tabloid - December 9, 1998

Castro Cracks Down on Sex, Drugs, Rock
Vice Raids Nab One of the Last Remaining Original Revolutionaries
Tabloid - November 2, 1998

1998: The Year of Internet News
From Drudge to Salon to Mega-media Portal Deals, the
Wired Generation Became Mainstream
PLUS: Why People Who Love Newspapers Work on the Web
AND: Internet Stats Not Measuring up
Networker - November 1, 1998

Blues You Can Use
NewsBlues Lets TV Hacks Blow off Steam, Gather Intelligence
Online Journalism Review - October 22, 1998
LATER: NewsBlues Dies From Own Success (Nov. 13)
LATER STILL: NewsBlues Resurrected (Nov. 18)

Cookie Monster of Putnam Pit
Why One Beverly Hills Journalist Is Fighting an Entire Tennessee Town ... And Defining Internet Sunshine Laws Along the Way
Salon - October 15, 1998

Nutty Paper Loses Fight for City's Cookies!
Judge Rules That Cookie Files Are Not Public Records
Tabloid - October 1, 1998

Sports for Smart People
Gang of Academics and Rank Amateurs Launch Intelligent Sports Site
Online Journalism Review - September 28, 1998

Where Are the New Stephen Cranes?
Writer/Lout Did More in 28 Years Than Anyone Does in a Modern Lifetime
Tabloid - September 11, 1998

Ugly Irwindale Is McPig of the Year!
SoCal's Filthiest Suburb Scarfs Twice as Many Big Macs as Any Other City
Tabloid - September 10, 1998

Nonsense Index Soars 141.06!
Profit-Flaking Jitters Rout New Infestors! Rally up as Drop Points to Weird!
Tabloid - September 4, 1998

Value-added E-mail
Why Aren't More Publishers Using Cheap & Direct News Delivery?
Online Journalism Review - September 4, 1998

Choose Your Horror
How to Maintain Outrage in a Tawdry Era
Tabloid - August 31, 1998

The Savage Lust for Business News
Reporters Now All Work for Fund Managers, Who Don't Bother to Read
Tabloid - August 14, 1998

Flesh-Eating Maggots Attack U.S.!
Carnivorous 'Screw-Worm,' With Insidious Ties to Nixon and CIA, Reappears in the South
Tabloid - August 10, 1998

Bus Tour of the New Economy
The Aesthetic Nightmare and Walking Dumb of the Silicon Valley
Tabloid - July 31, 1998

No Sheepskin, No Job, Loser!
Why Twain, Hearst, Mencken and I Couldn't Work for Today's Papers
Tabloid - July 13, 1998

Salon's Broder Attacked for Plagiarism
Conservatives Rehash Shameful Old Episode After Reporter Connects
Dots of 'Right-Wing Conspiracy'
Online Journalism Review - July 13, 1998

Conservative Critics Question Salon's Roots
Starr-struck Rightists Say Magazine's Investors Are Big-Time Demos
Online Journalism Review - July 10, 1998

Why Does Old Media Trash the New?
How the Typically Noxious Old Media Coverage of Bill Clinton's Sex Life Was Blamed on the Internet
Online Journalism Review - June 24, 1998

Who Owns Internet News?
The Impossibly Complicated Web of Tech/Biz Sites' Ownerships and Partnerships, Untangled
PLUS: 8 Convoluted Family Trees
AND: Why CNN Loves Natalie Merchant
Online Journalism Review - June 23, 1998

Fear & Loathing at the Multiplex
Notes on a Hated Movie, and an 18-year-old's Eventful Encounter
With a Savage (and Influential) Southern Gentleman
Tabloid - May 27, 1998

Net Censorship in Central Europe ... Not
Ex-Commies Too Distracted to Bother With Stifling Internet Speech
PLUS: Mitteleuropa's Best English-Language News Sites
Online Journalism Review - May 6, 1998

Salon Detected on Beltway Radar
Investigative Scoops on Scaife & Specatator Earn Respect, Scorn
Online Journalism Review - April 30, 1998

Ex-Print Muckrakers Thrive on Net
Driven Away by Bland Newspapers, Hell-raisers Make Their Mark
Online Journalism Review - March 31, 1998

Non-Political Dispatch From Havana
Self-censored Impressions of Communist Cuba, Sent by Illegal E-mail
Tabloid - February 24, 1998

Belgrade's Student Protesters
A Street-Level Account of Milosevic's Biggest Challenge Yet
Written for Pozor Magazine - January 15, 1997

Inside Vladimir Meciar's Three-Peat
Scenes From the Latest Bizarre Election to Set Slovakia Back
Prognosis - October 6, 1994

How Havel Finally Found God
A Dissident-President's Spiritual Journey
Prognosis - July 28, 1994


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porter Connects
Dots of 'Right-Wing Conspiracy'
Online Journalism Review - July 13, 1998

Conservative Critics Question Salon's Roots
Starr-struck Rightists Say Magazine's Investors Are Big-Time Demos
Online Journalism Review - July 10, 1998

Why Does Old Media Trash the New?
How the Typically Noxious Old Media Coverage of Bill Clinton's Sex Life Was Blamed on the Internet
Online Journalism Review - June 24, 1998

Who Owns Internet News?
The Impossibly Complicated Web of Tech/Biz Sites' Ownerships and Partnerships, Untangled
PLUS: 8 Convoluted Family Trees
AND: Why CNN Loves Natalie Merchant
Online ZE="2">Online Journalism Review - June 23, 1998

Fear & Loathing at the Multiplex
Notes on a Hated Movie, and an 18-year-old's Eventful Encounter
With a Savage (and Influential) Southern Gentleman
Tabloid - May 27, 1998

Net Censorship in Central Europe ... Not
Ex-Commies Too Distracted to Bother With Stifling Internet Speech
PLUS: Mitteleuropa's Best English-Language News Sites
Online Journalism Review - May 6, 1998

Salon Detected on Beltway Radar
Investigative Scoops on Scaife & Specatator Earn Respect, Scorn
Online Journalism Review - April 30, 1998

Ex-Print Muckrakers Thrive on Net
Driven Away by Bland Newspapers, Hell-raisers Make Their Mark
Online Journalism Review - March 31, 1998

Non-Political Dispatch From Havana
Self-censored Impressions of Communist Cuba, Sent by Illegal E-mail
Tabloid - February 24, 1998

Belgrade's Student Protesters
A Street-Level Account of Milosevic's Biggest Challenge Yet
Written for Pozor Magazine - January 15, 1997

Inside Vladimir Meciar's Three-Peat
Scenes From the Latest Bizarre Election to Set Slovakia Back
Prognosis - October 6, 1994

How Havel Finally Found God
A Dissident-President's Spiritual Journey
Prognosis - July 28, 1994


Comments, questions, bad links? Send e-mail to Matt Welch.

© 1986-2004; All rights reserved.