America's Drug Habit

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March 3 2000 9:30 PM

America's Drug Habit

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Economist, March 10

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The cover story damns the United States' supply-side maneuvers in the war on drugs. A U.S. clampdown pushed cocaine cultivation from Peru to Colombia. The drug trade now funds a leftist guerrilla movement, which is destabilizing Colombia. Attacking demand is the best way to beat coke. An article claims Canada is retreating from its commitment to peacekeeping. Canadians claim they invented peacekeeping, but Canada only offered military advisers to recent United Nations' efforts. By this summer, no more than 3,000 Canadians will be keeping the peace. The magazine worries that cybersquatters are damaging e-commerce by holding desirable Web addresses hostage for stratospheric fees. An aspiring e-company paid $7.5 million for business.com.

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Brill's Content, April 2000

An article savages Mike Barnicle and the celebrity journalists who saved his skin. The Boston Globe booted Barnicle for plagiarism and fabrication. After buddies such as Tim Russert and Tom Brokaw spoke up for the shamed columnist, he easily worked his way back onto journalism's A-list. The cover story castigates the media for wrongly accusing Richard Jewell of committing the Olympic bombing. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution rushed to judgment and never bothered to apologize for destroying Jewell's life. A "Best of Web" section picks the hottest sites in 12 categories. (For example, prime media destinations include mediagossip.com and, erm, Slate.)   

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New Republic, March 13

A cover story claims that Bill Bradley's insurgency ran out of steam because it was "boring." Bradley "tried to lecture his way to victory." By contrast, John McCain's reformist campaign offers more oomph. " TRB" attributes Bradley's early allure to his "total lack of ideological coherence." Bradley offered "Clintonism disguised as anti-Clintonism." Democrats backed away when they realized that Bradley's "big ideas" were nothing but flawed proposals wrapped up in fancy rhetoric. An article explains why African immigrants are less angry than African-Americans are about the Amadou Diallo verdict. To recent immigrants, the United States remains "the open terrain of their dreams." (Lucas Miller's " Dispatch" offers a cop's perspective on the acquittal.)

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New York Times Magazine, March 5

An issue devoted to the new workplace. An introduction argues that the New Economy has overturned the "old-fashioned corporate order." The high-tech boom has obliterated employee loyalty and "all forms of work-related prestige other than sheer money-making." An article argues that workers are being stung by the "free-agent revolution." New Economy gurus see the outsourcing of traditionally in-house jobs as "a worker's liberation movement." In reality, contract workers have no legal protection from abusive employers and earn less than full-timers. A piece pokes fun at Fast Company worshippers. There are more than 100 cells of Fast Company readers who gather to discuss the magazine's "Madison Avenue exhortations"—just as quilting bees once mulled Good Housekeeping's dos and don'ts.   

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Time, March 6

A cover package on police misdeeds. One story claims that the Amadou Diallo case will haunt the upcoming election, as activists will press for a federal civil rights case against the acquitted cops. (William Saletan's " Frame Game" claims racial profiling pervades the criminal justice system.) Another cover piece rehashes the crimes of Los Angeles' "gangsta cops." Twenty-two anti-gang officers resigned because of accusations ranging from drug dealing to homicide. The latest revelation: The LAPD persuaded the feds to deport unfriendly witnesses. A cruel photo essay shows that Hillary Clinton is wearing essentially the same outfit—pink shirt, black suit—at every New York campaign appearance.

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