October 27, 2006

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Obama's week in the press, voting machines in the news, NBC's primetime changes.

Obamapalooza

Media were all abuzz over Barack Obama when he revealed on "Meet the Press" that he would consider an ’08 presidential run. Coming on the heels of a Time cover story and Obama’s well-received second book, media across the political spectrum were chanting Run, ...

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Motivational Speech

Whoever ends up running in ’08, observed Paul Waldman on TomPaine.com, Obama offers Democrats a "lesson in how powerful rhetoric can capture and exploit a political moment." Waldman is a senior fellow at the progressive think tank Media Matters for America. He tells Brooke that Obama cannily established ...

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Ad It Up

With midterms around the corner, campaign ads have flooded every inch of the internet and every hour of airtime. Two trends have emerged: the Republican that dare not mention the word Republican and the Democrat that does. WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly talks with Bob about how this is ...

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The Ballot Beat

’Tis election season - a time for the press to explore the issues, like vote fraud and voter suppression. Only the challenge for newsrooms is how to inform the public about the problems with voting without discouraging them from going to the polls. Michael Waldman is the ...

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On an Outing

When a blogger named Michael Rogers reported on his site that Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig is a closeted gay, Spokane Spokesman-Review editor Steve Smith had to decide how his paper would handle the story. The result speaks volumes about how the digital age has changed ...

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The Real Deal

Last week NBC announced a severe cost cutting plan it’s calling NBCU 2.0., including nearly 700 jobs eliminated and an end to most scripted television between 8 and 9 p.m. Which means more reality-TV and the reality of a smaller budget for NBC News. John Higgins, business editor ...

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Littlefield of Dreams

During his 20 years at NBC, Warren Littlefield experienced both the highs and lows of television programming. His early years were forged during the network’s single least successful lineup, but then Littlefield went on to oversee much of NBC’s 80s and 90s renaissance. He speaks with Brooke about ...

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The Angry Man

In "Network," an anchorman erupts and calls on viewers to join him in the now iconic primal scream: "I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!" And in that, he reflected his creator, screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky. WNYC’s Sara Fishko offers this profile.

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