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Sunday, October 31, 2004

Press Review

From today's edition of NORMAN'S SPECTATOR (where the articles are hotlinked).

With two days to go to voting day, many US papers lead with the presidential campaign, but the Washington Post leads with a deadly day in Iraq.

A Newsweek tracking poll suggests Osama’s taped message may have boosted George Bush’s chances.

The New York Times’ editorial board is onto Halliburton and the politicization of science. Public Editor Daniel Okrent writes about expert and unattributed sources.

Maureen Dowd wonders whether Osama will help Bush. Tom Friedman finds an ingenious way to break the rule against endorsing a candidate.

The Washington Post’s editorial board weighs in on Osama’s surprise and the Ukraine election.

Ombudsman Michael Getler writes about intelligence and the decision to go to war in Iraq. George Will backs George Bush, while Jim Hoagland thinks Kerry will win.

The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board has gone to the dogs.

Edward Abington and Amjad Atallah say Yasser Arafat’s illness presents new opportunities for Mideast peace. (I’ll have something to say about this in tomorrow’s Globe.)

In the UK, Tony Blair is hedging his bets, the Queen raps Bush on global warming and the Chief Justice is threatening to quit.

In France, Yasser Arafat does not have leukemia. Here’s the latest intelligence from Israel.

At home, Ralph Klein left the campaign trail to be with his ailing mom. I trust you fell back in time and have not been waiting impatiently for your daily press review.

The Toronto Star fronts the presidential campaign, York U and unprotected foreign nannies.

Graham Fraser columnizes about foreign aid. Oakland Ross serves up Michael Ignatieff’s views on the presidential contest.

Tim Harper writes about Karl Rove, analyzes the campaign and runs through what-if scenarios in the Electoral College.

Jennifer Wells writes about the Boss. Sandro Contenta reports on the Palestinians’ ailing one. (Here's my take in Friday's Vancouver Sun.)

The editorial board says Canada’s military lacks focus and funds, which suggests the new non-bow tied team at I Yonge is again shifting the Star to the centre. They’ve a ways to go if they're looking for diversity.

David Olive serves up 22 reasons Americans should not choose Bush. Haroon Siddiqui says he’s not the problem, the US is.

Richard Gwyn disagrees: he says the choice is between two Americas and the outcome matters for the entire world. Conservative columnist Rick Anderson favours John Kerry.

In the CanWest corral, the Calgary Herald and the Montréal Gazette front Halloween and the presidential campaign.

The Herald also features Ralph leaving the campaign and Catholic sex, a story that is also front page news in Ottawa.

The Citizen also fronts the latest violence in Iraq, the presidential campaign, new developments in the Al-Malki case and has today’s best corrections.

The Gaz editorial board says Mirabel could rise again, the Herald’s looks at victims’ restitution, and they don't mean taxpayers who are still paying for the white elephant.

In the Toronto Sun, Peter Worthington writes about the choice facing US soldiers. Eric Margolis is for Kerry.

Salim Mansur is for Bush. Bob MacDonald thinks the incumbent will win.

From Ottawa, Greg Weston says it doesn’t much matter for Canada-US relations—it depends on Paul Martin. Doug Fisher says the PM is blundering along.

In Edmonton, Neil Waugh explains why Alberta is opening a trade office in Washington. Mindelle Jacobs writes about struggling doctors. Paul Stanway looks at the Alberta campaign.

In Calgary, Rick Bell is a Copps fan. Licia Corbella is no fan of Mohammed Elmasry--a story that makes the Sunday New York Times.

Ted Byfield is for Danny Williams. Paul Jackson backs Bush, as does Sun media columnist John Crosbie.

Posted by Norman Spector on October 31, 2004 | Permalink


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