July 21, 2006

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Friday, July 21, 2006

Covering the Middle East, from NY to Jakarta. Stem cell mixed messages. Tabloid wars.

Balance Beam

Whenever news media turn their attention to the Middle East, accusations of bias – from all sides – are sure to follow. This week was no exception. But the story’s a little different than it’s been in the past, and bias aside, American media haven’t quite adjusted to the new ...

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Conflict Resolution

Throughout the Middle East, audiences have been relying on pan-Arab satellite channels for the latest on the conflict. Among them are several Lebanon-based stations, which are enjoying a new regional prominence. Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya remain the most popular sources, but their coverage has showed some interesting differences. Bob surveys the ...

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Ratings, War

Al-Manar, a Lebanese satellite TV and radio network, has been must-see TV for many in the region looking for news of where bombs are falling…and where they might soon fall. It's also the self-described media outlet for Hezbollah. NPR's Deborah Amos joins Brooke from Damascus to discuss Al-Manar’s popularity and ...

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East of the Middle East

Finally, we take a look at public sentiment in the Muslim world outside the Middle East. Bob is joined by Susan Caskie, international editor of The Week, for a digest of editorials from Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia.

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Losing Their Minds

In the past few years, the U.S. has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on its two Arab-language media outlets, Radio Sawa and TV AlHurra. But is the “public diplomacy” working? A new study suggests that not only are the two outlets not winning hearts and minds; they might be ...

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White House Stem Sell

The president made his first-ever veto this week, sending back a bill that would have loosened restraints on government funding for embryonic stem cell research. But ABC’s Jake Tapper tells Brooke that while the veto itself sent one message, press releases from the White House were sending another.

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Follow that Reporter

Capitalizing on the popularity of reality television, cable TV’s Bravo has launched “Tabloid Wars,” a program that goes inside the New York Daily News and follows reporters out on the street. The series is likely to find – or make – heroes of several of the ink-stained wretches who chronicle ...

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