December 9, 2005

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Friday, December 09, 2005

Katrina journalism, Iraqi campaigning, and, The War on The War on Christmas.

The Court and Public Opinion

The trial of Saddam Hussein was back in session this week. Here we saw brief excerpts of courtroom theatrics. But in Baghdad, viewers followed the trial's every twist and turn on TVs throughout the city. Brooke talks to L.A. Times correspondent Borzou Daragahi about the spectacle of the Saddam trial ...

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A Real Flunker

The 9/11 commission has issued its final report card on the government's implementation of recommendations for preventing another terrorist attack. The overall grade: C-, with 5 Fs and 12 Ds among the 41 categories. Was it big news? Should it be? Editor and Publisher's Greg Mitchell surveyed major dailies, and ...

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Second Chance at a First Impression

In the days following Hurricane Katrina, we heard stories of chaos and violence in the streets of New Orleans. Only later did it become clear how much of that initial reporting was exaggerated and flat-out false. Bob talks to New Orleans Times-Picayune reporter Brian Thevenot about whether the myths created ...

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Cracking the Code

How involved reporters should become in a story is one of journalism's age-old ethical dilemmas. But the question was anything but hypothetical in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Rachel Smolkin, managing editor of the American Journalism Review, describes to Brooke how some major journalists reassessed their codes of conduct in ...

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Poor Reporting

For tourists in Rio seeking an experience beyond Carnaval and the Copacabana, there are tours of favelas, the infamous Brazilian shantytowns. An enterprising Argentine imported the idea, offering visitors a drive though the villas miserias of Buenos Aires. Reporter Ian Mount looks at what happens when there is a "poverty ...

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Go West, Young Man

In May, we spoke to the editor of the Spokane Spokesman-Review, which had just netted the city's mayor in an online sex sting. This week, Spokane voters recalled Mayor Jim West in a special election.

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The Guessing Game

Every day, journalists turn to "experts" to predict the outcome of current political trends. How often are these professional prophets right? Psychologist Philip Tetlock, author of Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?, followed-up on the prognostications of a few hundred "experts." He tells Brooke that ...

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Away With the Manger

The holidays are upon us, but not everyone is celebrating. Prominent members of the Fox News Channel's anchor chair are frothing-mad about a supposed liberal plot to ban Christmas and everything it stands for. And they are taking to the airwaves to fight back. Salon senior writer Michelle Goldberg tells ...

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