January 19, 2007

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Show Summary: Scooter Libby on trial, high-def looks to porn, and what's so funny about Dennis Kucinich?

I.L.L. Suited

The infamous outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame has, at long last, spawned a trial. Former Cheney chief-of-staff I. Lewis Libby stands accused of perjury in a case that has become more about the media than the identity of a spook. Slate's John Dickerson weighs in ...

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Off the Beaten Path

Newsrooms depend on beat reporting – assigning reporters to specific subject areas. And beat reporting depends on sources – sources some reporters won’t want to cross. Journalism professor Edward Wasserman argues the system is inherently corrupt.

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Kucinich Was There

Congressman Dennis Kucinich is again seeking the Democratic nomination for the President. He’s serious, but the media, when they cover him, are not. This despite the fact that his anti-war position is far more popular in ’07 than it was in ’03. We speak with Kucinich ...

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Oddsmakers’ Mark

The first presidential primary is a year away, but that hasn’t kept the press from sizing up the frontrunners’ prospects. So far, the main criterion is not so much policy or fundraising ability as electability. Are the media playing at king-making? We ask Wall ...

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Media Reformer: A Postcard From Memphis

Last weekend in Memphis, the organization Free Press hosted the National Conference for Media Reform. Throughout the weekend, the civil rights movement was frequently invoked. OTM producer Megan Ryan made the trip, and returned with this postcard.

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Getting Turned On

The idea that porn drives media technologies has been borne out again and again. And so we look to the adult film industry for clues about where the high-def DVD market is headed. Technology writer Shane Buettner gives us ...

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News Hole

For several years now, there’s been nothing but bad news for the newspaper business. But Marketplace correspondent Dan Grech reports that 2006 was the year that journalists finally saw the writing on the wall.

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