You can be forgiven for watching the republican presidential debates this primary season and wondering what it is all for. Canned answers. False camaraderie. But debates are much, much more informative than television advertising, says professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Brooke speaks with Jamieson who says the debates have informed voters and allowed candidates with little money to rise in the polls. Jamieson is the director of Factcheck.org and the new Flackcheck.org.
This primary season has seen Republican candidates sweating under the bright cable news lights at Fox News. We've seen contentious moments and tough interviews on the network. Bob speaks with New York Magazine contributing editor Gabriel Sherman who says that this change in tone is a very conscious choice by Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.
When thousands of diplomatic cables were leaked last year the American Civil Liberties Union saw an opportunity; it requested the same documents from the State Department. What it got (eventually) is pretty much what it wanted - heavily redacted versions of the documents freely available online. Compare the two, the ACLU's Ben Wizner tells Brooke, and you learn a great deal about US government secrecy.
Live streaming, the act of broadcasting a video to the internet in close to real time, is quickly becoming a staple tool of twenty-first century protestors. From Occupy Wall Street to the Egypt election last week to the Russian election this week, activists use cell phones as weapons of transparency: not only documenting but broadcasting events as they happen. Brooke talks to Mans Adler, founder of live streaming platform Bambuser.
There’s an amazing array of media in Malaysia, in sundry languages and formats, but one thing unites nearly all of them – they’re strictly censored by the Malaysian government. But through a quirk of history there’s one notable exception where real reporting can be read and it’s a big one; the internet. OTM producer Jamie York talks to journalism professor Zaharom Nain, free media advocate Masjaliza Hamzah and malaysiakini co-founder Steven Gan about the effects of speech, free and censored, in Malaysia.
Since the summer of 2010, the US Office of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been seizing the domain names of websites around the world that it believes have engaged in copyright infringement or sold counterfeit goods. Mark Lemley, a lawyer defending one of the websites seized by the government, talks to Bob about whether ICE has the legal authority to make these seizures and how they might be netting sites that haven't done anything wrong.
From 1975 to 1979 the Khmer Rouge killed approximately 1.7 million Cambodians. In the years since motive and any kind of justice have been hard to come by. But one journalist has been slowly, patiently befriending ex-Khmer Rouge killers and coaxing confessions out of them – on camera. Bob speaks with Thet Sambath about his one man truth and reconciliation project and the resulting film: Enemies of the People.
When early film legend George Méliès made 1899's L'Affair Dreyfus, a movie about the controversial Dreyfus Affair in France, it inspired riots. The topic was so dangerous for so long in France that the film was banned for decades and wasn't aired again in the country until the 1970s. Brooke speaks with writer Susan Daitch, who wrote Paper Conspiracies, a novel about the impact of the Dreyfus Affair and the Méliès film.