December 2, 2005

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Friday, December 02, 2005

The hidden world of Iraq war psy-ops, and Googlezon – a vision of the brave new media world.

The Man in the Mirror

Last week, the British tabloid The Daily Mirror alleged that in the spring of 2004, President Bush suggested bombing the Qatar headquarters of al-Jazeera. The U.S. press has trod lightly on the story, which was based on a leaked memo that has not yet been published. But the rest of ...


Hired Hand

American war planners are once again fending off challenges to their credibility in the wake of news that they paid Iraqi newspapers to publish good news stories. Many question the ethics - and efficacy - of the project, but others say this sort of "psychological operation" is an integral part ...


Off-Year Coverage

In what was billed as a major policy speech, President Bush on Wednesday unveiled his "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq." While interpretations varied in the ensuing media flurry, Brooke noticed that many of the reportorial techniques, from man-on-the-street interviews to instant fact-checks, came straight from election season's bag of ...


Old Standard

Ten years ago, the philosophy known as neo-conservatism was on the outs among Republicans in D.C. But these days, the "neocon" agenda is reflected in much of the Bush Administration's foreign policy. What changed? For one, there was 9/11. But there was also the rise of a certain forum for ...


Lloyd's Sourcery

When Supreme Court Justice Scalia spoke recently at Time Warner headquarters, he insisted it be "off the record." And so gossip columnist Lloyd Grove, who attended the event, published a "hypothetical" account, describing what Scalia "might have said." Bob and Lloyd discuss his end-run around the rules.



Listeners weigh in on military-issue photojournalism, Pakistani earthquake coverage. Also, an update on the legal case of former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds.


God In, Garbage Out

This week, FCC chairman Kevin Martin suggested that consumers should be allowed to pick and choose "a la carte" which cable channels come into their homes. The cable industry cried foul. As Los Angeles Times reporter Jube Shiver explains to Bob, the debate has confronted one group with an especially ...



For some, Google stands for a new model in advertising, and reflects the increasingly interconnected nature of our media and economy. But do we really want total omnigooglization, as the French call it? Brooke speaks with Matt Thompson, creator of an eight-minute Internet movie entitled "Epic 2014," wherein the future ...


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