January 20, 2006

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Friday, January 20, 2006

Was the press a little too bi-partisan when it described who pocketed a lobbyist’s money? Also, a media health-care huckster becomes a free-speech champion. Plus, farewell to one of history’s most effective ad campaigns, it was Absolut perfection.

Tap Dance

The NSA’s warrant-less wiretapping program has generated the first of what are likely to be many legal challenges. The ACLU accuses the government of violating the constitutional rights of a group of academics, activists, and journalists, all of whom believe they may have been monitored. But lawyer Jonathan Turley tells ...


Speak Well, Or Not At All

In a couple of weeks, Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk is scheduled to go on trial for the crime of insulting his country. European Union officials now debating Turkey’s application to join the group have decried the prosecution as an affront to freedom of expression. But some of those critics come ...


Party Favor

With lobbyist Jack Abramoff cooperating with a Capitol Hill corruption probe, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are taking great pains to show they’re committed to ethics reforms. Because Republicans and Democrats benefited from the dirty lobbyist’s largesse. Or at least that’s what it would seem like from the ...


To Swiftboat (v.)

At the start of the 2004 Campaign, John Kerry’s military experience was a political asset. Then came the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, whose smears against the candidate’s military record were picked up and reported uncritically by the media. Last week, there was another attempt at swift-boating, as the GOP-connected ...



Listeners respond to last week’s discussion of passing at the movies and nightmare virus scenarios.


Name Withheld

Video images of a kidnapped reporter in Iraq were a fixture in the news this week. News of Jill Carroll’s abduction was first reported on the day she went missing, but her identity wasn’t reported until two days later. Not because the press didn’t know her name, but because they’d ...


Medicine Show

For years, Kevin Trudeau used late-night infomercials to pitch everything from memory enhancers to cancer cures. He was eventually sued by the Federal Trade Commission, and, in a settlement, agreed to pay two million dollars and cease product sales. And so he did the only thing the government would let ...


Absolut Exhaustion

If you were watching a lot of TV this week, you might have caught the debut of a new Absolut ad. In itself, the spot is hardly revolutionary. What was revolutionary was the accompanying announcement that after 25 years and some 1,500 print ads, Absolut is moving away from the ...


Pyramid Scheme

This week, the USDA said it would tweak its new food pyramid to include warnings about mercury in fish. If you didn’t notice, you’re probably not alone, because the latest pyramid design is entirely Internet-based. As NYU nutritionist Marion Nestle told Brooke last year when the new design was unveiled, ...


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