May 5, 2006

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Friday, May 05, 2006

Colbert goes to Washington, Psychoanalysis and cinema, Health news gets a check-up

Tunnel Vision

This week, public hearings were held on the West Virginia Sago mine disaster that gripped the country back in January. It turned out 12 of 13 miners died after first having been reported saved. The risks associated with mining rarely catch the attention of journalists – until, that is, something ...

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The truth® Hurts

Big Tobacco agreed, as part of its 1998 settlement, to fund the American Legacy Foundation and its anti-smoking truth® campaign. The deal stipulates, however, that the Legacy ads cannot "vilify" or "personally attack” the tobacco companies. But Lorillard – which makes Newport, Kent and other brands – argues in a ...

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Alt-Upheaval

Once on the fringes, the alternative weekly has become an institution. Between its pages are investigative reports; close coverage of the cultural avant-garde; and sharp commentary. The granddaddy of alt-weeklies is The Village Voice, which for 50 years has proffered its downtown view to New Yorkers and the world. Last ...

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Projecting Freud

Sigmund Freud was born 150 years ago this weekend. He’s certainly pop culture’s most-cited psychoanalyst, but his influence on media doesn’t end there – Freud’s ideas are cinema staples: flashbacks, projection, not to mention the sexual stuff. Brooke speaks with Andrea Sabbadini, a psychoanalyst and chairman of the European Psychoanalytical ...

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Screen Shrinks

While the experts may assert that psychoanalysis can’t really be portrayed on film, this hasn’t stopped filmmakers from trying. A few years back, OTM asked Sara Fishko to assemble some of the more memorable attempts to put the unconscious on the big screen.

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Harper’s Bizarre?

Harper’s Magazine is not known for shunning controversy. But, an article in the March issue ignited a blaze of condemnation when it gave an uncritical platform to HIV skeptics, who contend that drugs cause AIDS, not HIV. In response, AIDS researchers issued a flurry of rebuttals. Brooke speaks with Harper’s ...

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Health News Gets a Checkup

Gary Schwitzer, of the University of Minnesota's Health Journalism Program, believes that faulty health reporting can actually make the public less healthy. And so he created a website that rates – on a scale from one to five – health news stories from the country’s major media outlets. Schwitzer tells ...

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Health News Gets a Checkup

Gary Schwitzer, of the University of Minnesota's Health Journalism Program, believes that faulty health reporting can actually make the public less healthy. And so he created a website that rates – on a scale from one to five – health news stories from the country’s major media outlets. Schwitzer tells ...

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert emceed the White House Correspondent Dinner, giving a 20 minute irony-drenched jab at the president (who happened to be sitting next to him). Bob gives his take on Colbert sticking it to both the president and the press corps.

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