September 15, 2006

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Friday, September 15, 2006

The politics of Bush’s non-political 9/11 speech, the outing of lonelygirl and Shalom TV

The P-Word

It was billed as a non-partisan reflection on the fifth anniversary of 9/11. But scarcely was the president’s speech over on Monday before the media lit up with arguments over its political content. As for us, we were hardly surprised to hear a politician talking politics – especially in the ...


The Things They Carried

As the Bush administration returns to the airwaves to re-sell the Iraq war, critics continue to question how it got sold in the first place. In the new book Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War, David Corn and Michael Isikoff look at ...


Lincoln’s Birthplace

A little under a year ago, it was revealed that the Lincoln Group had been contracted by the Pentagon to pay for good press in the Iraqi media. Details were sketchy, but this month Harper’s published an account by Willem Marx of his summer in Baghdad interning for the Lincoln ...


The Trouble With The Truth

After an investigation into U.S. propaganda efforts in Iraq, the Pentagon decided the Lincoln Group’s efforts were not illegal. Last month, the military again called for bids for a two-year, twenty-million dollar contract for help conveying its side of the story. Bob speaks with Lieutenant Colonel Barry Johnson, spokesman for ...


Boxer’s Left Hook

Republican Kevin Martin was on Capitol Hill this week, at a hearing to reconfirm him as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Asked by Senator Barbara Boxer about an FCC study on local media ownership, Martin suggested no such report had been completed. Reporter Jessica Smith talks with Bob about ...


The Cable-Knit

Cable TV and the cable bandwidth that makes it possible have proved to be too popular. Once seemingly unlimited, bandwidth is a limited commodity again. Soon though, it may not matter. Video on Demand, most often used to watch special events or missed shows, is popularizing an alternative means of ...


Sun Spots

Slowly but surely, Congress members are waking up to the online citizenry’s ability to hold them accountable. As for the volunteer watchdogs, the reward may be more than a matter of virtue. This week, transparency advocates announced a bounty of $1000 for any person who gets their Congress member to ...


lonelygirl Just Not Herself Anymore

As the summer draws to a close, so does the season-long Internet mystery of lonelygirl15. Sixteen year-old “Bree” posted regular video logs about her life on YouTube, where a half-million viewers tuned in to watch what happened next. But it turns out Bree, 16, is really Jessica, 19, an aspiring ...


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