Cheating Uncle Sam

by Bill Steigerwald -- You are a big chump if you don't cheat on your income tax. That's the clear and intended civics lesson of Forbes' enlightening March 5 cover story on more…

Straight dope on pardons

by Bill Steigerwald -- It's tough luck for America that Bill Clinton pardoned tax-dodging, fat cat Marc Rich under such hilariously suspicious circumstances. Otherwise, the national news media might now be in more…

Sex and doom: Which sells better?

by Bill Steigerwald -- Before we get dull and serious, here's a quiz to show how the selling power of sex can seduce even the best magazines. Which award-winning American periodical is more…

New hit double by You2

by Bill Steigerwald -- To clone a human or not to clone a human -- that is no longer the question. According to Wired magazine's excellent February cover story, it is only more…

U.S. News loses grip, sky falls on head

by Bill Steigerwald -- Chicken Little is not only alive, he's still hysterical and apparently editing U.S. News & World Report. How else can you explain this week's cover story, "Scary Weather: more…

On and off the rack

by Bill Steigerwald -- Life in the magazine world is, to steal a Hobbesian phrase, famous for being nasty, brutal and usually short. Earlier this month, George, 5, succumbed to cold-hearted market more…

Pounding the pundits

by Bill Steigerwald -- Good thing no one but journalism insiders read Brill's Content. Otherwise, everyone in America would know what a lot of people have suspected for a long time but more…

Are you JAZZ'd yet?

by Bill Steigerwald -- In theory, jazz fans everywhere should be totally gassed by what PBS is doing this month. With Ken Burns’ epic 10-part, all-caps documentary, "JAZZ," PBS is giving its more…

Rule of law and lawyers

by Bill Steigerwald -- Unless Al Gore secretly appealed to the World Court last night, it's really over. After 36 days of overtime, challenged calls and lightning-fast lead changes, Election 2000 is more…

Don't get even, don't get Mad

by Bill Steigerwald -- In times of political crisis like these, when our sacred Constitution is under siege and the future of America the Beautiful is in peril, there's only one magazine more…