April 28, 2006

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Friday, April 28, 2006

Special Report: How a devastated New Orleans became a testing ground for new kinds of media.

Apres le Deluge, Media

With a new mayoral candidate poised to unseat New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, there’s been much talk about the extent to which Hurricane Katrina changed the complexion of the city. But the floods also wrought deep changes to the decades-old contours of the local newspaper and broadcasting scenes. Last week, ...


Fox in the Whitehouse

It used to be quite common for presidents to reach into the ranks of the press corps to find their spokesmen. But for almost three decades now, press secretaries have come with P.R. bona fides – not journalistic ones. Bush’s appointment this week of Fox News TV and radio personality ...


In Short: The Long War

In February, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld delivered a speech entitled “The Long War.” In it, he invoked the Cold War while at the same time laying out broad strategies to fight what could be a decades-long terrorist threat across the globe. How will these sorts of war-branding efforts affect how ...



Two months ago, a historian in Washington discovered that intelligence operatives were secretly re-classifying documents in the National Archives. This week, an internal investigation at the Archives concluded that about a third of the records pulled from the shelves should not have been reclassified. Brooke speaks with J. William Leonard, ...


Italian Satire Gets the Boot

Barely a week into his new job, Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi is already under pressure to rewrite the media ownership laws that allowed outgoing P.M. Silvio Berlusconi to build a media empire. Berlusconi kept a tight leash on the media, and often fired journalists, commentators, and even satirists not ...


Garland Robinette

For many years, Garland Robinette and his now former wife anchored New Orleans’ local CBS evening news. Long retired, Robinette happened to be filling in for a sick friend on a local AM radio station last year when Hurricane Katrina hit. But since then, he has been a permanent fixture ...


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