April 14, 2006

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Friday, April 14, 2006

Iran and the U.S. play a game of chicken, static-free radio, plus the dirt on gossip.

Persian Gulp

The war in Iraq was temporarily displaced from the headlines this week by speculation about a U.S. invasion of Iran – speculation triggered by Seymour Hersh’s latest jaw-dropper in the New Yorker. While many have wondered about the true intentions of President Bush, others couldn’t help but question those of ...

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Read All Over

The New Yorker article about dealing with the perceived Iranian threat made waves not just in Washington, but in foreign capitals as well. Brooke joins washingtonpost.com’s foreign press watcher Jefferson Morley for a roundup of the headlines. And she speaks with Knight Ridder correspondent Hannah Allam, who’s been watching the ...

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Insurgent Divergent

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is reputed to be Al Qaeda’s #1 man in Iraq. Much of that credit is bestowed by Jihadist websites, but the Washington Post has reported that hyping Zarqawi is a mission of the U.S. military, too, which countered with the claim that 90% of Iraqi suicide attacks ...

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Cut the Static!

There are about 800 million radio sets in the U.S. and while some of them may be new, they are all so…old. The latest technology is digital or high definition – HD radio, for short – and without static. In New York and many other cities you can listen to ...

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Checkered Flag

Technology is now in development to encode music with what’s known as "broadcast flags" – encryption embedded in HD radios that allows users to amass a library of downloaded songs while preventing those songs from circulating, so to speak. A bill endorsed by the Recording Industry Association of America has ...

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Letters

Brooke and Bob correct a factual error and talk with a listener about her “media moment.”

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It’s a Dirt-y Job

The Big Apple is powered by gossip, but the electrical grid nearly overloaded last week when the best gossip was about the gossips themselves. The case continues to be fought in the court of public opinion as nearly every paper spills ink bemoaning our lurid fascination with those who live ...

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Equal Slaying Field

Even before the facts were in, few media watchers were shocked by the notion that journalistic ethics might be an afterthought when dishing about the famous. But it wasn’t always so. The architect of the modern gossip industry was Walter Winchell, who had his own keen, if unique, sense of ...

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