November 11, 2005

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Former New York Times reporter Judith Miller talks about Scooter Libby, weapons of mass destruction, and her former colleagues at the Times. Plus, the other leak

Quel Revolt!

This week, as the 'auto-body-count' in France grew ever higher by night, anxiety in the press grew by day. In the U.S., headlines read “Paris is Burning” and commentary ranged from criticism of French authorities to warnings of a “clash of civilizations” that could at any moment sweep the globe. ...


Letter of the Law

Since its passage after September 11th, the USA Patriot Act has become institutionalized in law enforcement, especially at the FBI. The Bureau relies on relaxed legal requirements for issuing National Security Letters, a form of secret subpoena introduced in the 1970s to track transactions of suspected terrorists. The Washington Post’s ...


Prison Break

The Washington Post reported last week that the CIA is operating secret terror-suspect detention facilities in eight countries around the world, including two Eastern European democracies. One immediate reaction from Republican leaders in Congress was not to express outrage at a CIA prison archipelago, but to find out who leaked ...


Former New York Times Staffer Judith Miller

Bob talks with Miller about weapons of mass destruction, erstwhile Capitol Hill staffer Scooter Libby and a heck of a lot more.

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Let’s Go to the Videotape!

The White House tinkers with official transcripts of a press briefing.


Wal-Mart Warriors

For years, Wal-Mart has been accused of destroying Main Street, exploiting employees and raping labor markets of the developing world. With the premiere this week of an anti-Wal-Mart documentary film, the company’s PR response includes a “war room,” staffed with political operatives, to get out the good news and counter ...


Not All Politics Is Local

If you’re looking for information about local candidates for office, you’d better not waste your time with local TV news. But one watchdog group thinks programmers can do better. The Media Access Project is asking the FCC not to renew the licenses of stations in Milwaukee and Chicago, pointing to ...


Criminal Content

Broadcasters are legally required to serve “the public interest.” But as long as the FCC equates “public interest” with “local interest,” the result is likely to be hours upon hours of crime reporting, which only exacerbates implicit racism in viewers. At least that’s what UCLA law professor Jerry Kang thinks. ...


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