February 17, 2006

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Friday, February 17, 2006

Cheney in the crosshairs and the South wins the Civil War

Cheney in the Crosshairs

Vice President Cheney was at the center of several serious stories this week. The one about how he shot his friend and didn’t tell the press definitely won the most coverage, but it also became a symbol for the other more complicated stories about cherry-picking intelligence in the lead-up to ...



When news photographers point and shoot at the White House they are casting a journalistic eye on the scene. Conversely, when the White House offers a handout photo, we see only what the White House puts in the frame. Susan Walsh is the president of the White House News Photographers ...


Code Red

Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and Cisco were called to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, accused of collaborating with a repressive regime, namely China. These modern, forward-looking companies are not used to being pegged as the bad guys – Google’s unofficial slogan is “don’t be evil.” But with people being jailed because Yahoo ...


A Free and Fettered Press

If China can limit the reach of American media companies, it can completely quash its own recalcitrant party-run publications. In late January, the Propaganda Department shut down Freezing Point, a popular weekly insert to the China Youth Daily. Although the supplement was known for taboo reporting on farmer protests and ...


Takes Two to Tap

With revelations about the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program come questions about the role of U.S. phone companies in complying with requests to pry. Morton Halperin served in the Johnson, Nixon and Clinton administrations and has experienced wiretapping firsthand. He explains to Brooke how government surveillance and the telecommunications ...



Last year, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas relinquished direct control of the state media. This week, with Hamas preparing to take over in Parliament, he changed his mind.


Left Out

Every Sunday, millions of Americans tune into the big three networks’ Sunday talk shows to hear from some of the nation’s most powerful. Considering the balance of power in Washington, it’s no surprise that these days, the guest list tends to skew right. But according to a new report from ...


The North Will Rise Again

"CSA: The Confederate States of America" opened this week. The film imagines an America in which the South won the Civil War. Under the Confederate States of America, Abraham Lincoln is captured – in blackface – trying to escape to Canada and slavery is the law of the land. It ...


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