February 2, 2007

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Friday, February 02, 2007

Show Summary: Muslims in the Media, from Washington to Doha. And spitting on soldiers -- the myth that just won't die.

Anonymous Sects

Recently, the distinction between Shiites and Sunnis has become more prominent in Bush administration rhetoric. Dr. Vali Nasr briefed Bush on the religious divide last year. He explains why Bush's newfound understanding of sectarianism may be too little, too late.

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Across The Great Divide

Sectarianism is a fact of life in much of the Arab world. But political scientist Marc Lynch tells us that recently, the Sunni/Shiite divide has suddenly emerged as a media preoccupation throughout the Middle East.

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Memory Fails

Former New York Times reporter Judy Miller was back in court this week, this time in the witness box. Former Time scribe Matt Cooper was there, too. This time, they were answering the questions. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank reviews the latest drama in the Scooter ...

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Great Expectorations

According to news reports, a protester spat on an Iraq vet at last week’s peace march. Media watchdogs aren’t buying it. But it’s hardly the first time we’ve heard about returning soldiers getting showered with saliva. Sociologist Jerry Lembcke says the “spitting ...

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Super Bully

No matter who takes home the Super Bowl trophy, one certain winner will be the NFL. The league owns the product all the networks want, and, as New York Times business writer Joe Nocera explains, isn’t shy about taking advantage of it.

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Crossed Wires

Cable news can be fairly accused of stoking post-9/11 jitters. But this week, media-generated hysteria reached new heights. A Turner Broadcasting marketing scheme triggered an emergency response in Boston, and Turner subsidiary CNN unwittingly helped ring the false alarm.

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Reality TV, Diplomacy Style

The producers of the new Arab satellite show “On The Road In America” didn’t set out to make just another reality TV show. With advisors like James Baker and Lee Hamilton, they were trying to win hearts and minds. We speak with producer and former Reagan ...

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Arab Image LTD.

From the seducing tribesman to controlling sheik to the bomb-wielding terrorist, Hollywood has consistently broad brushed Arabs with caricature and cliché. But can an Arab be an American film hero? Can he get the girl? Hollywood is starting to believe that he can.

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