February 16, 2007

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Friday, February 16, 2007

Show Summary: Debating Israel, reporting hate crimes, and the NYT on Iranian weapons: deja vu all over again?

Explosive Charges

Conscious of pre-war parallels, the press proceeded cautiously last week as it reported on possible Iranian involvement in the Iraq war. Columbia Journalism Review's Michael Massing explains why he thinks the coverage still came up lacking. And The New York Times' Michael Gordon defends his handling ...

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A Zion in the Sand

Criticize Israeli policies, and you’re likely to be tarred an anti-Semite. At least that’s what some say has been happening more and more lately. Are mainstream Jewish groups really squelching debate? We ask J.J. Goldberg, editor of The Forward.

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Clink-Stained Wretch

San Francisco videographer Josh Wolf has earned the distinction of being the journalist jailed longest for refusing to cooperate with prosecutors. Wolf's lawyer, Martin Garbus, reviews the case.

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If We May Impose

Give me an “O!” Give me an “I!” Give me an “L!” What does it spell? Another Pentagon P.R. bungle.

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Twist of Hate

A recent black-on-white hate crime trial in California resulted in convictions, but noticeably little media coverage. LA Weekly reporter Kate Coe talks about how the media were paralyzed by racial politics.

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Murder Ink

Los Angeles Times crime reporter Jill Leovy believes that no victim’s story should go untold. But news holes are shrinking, so Leovy has launched The Homicide Report online, where she’ll take note of every death in L.A. County.

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Dead Reckoning

For decades, journalists like Jerry Mitchell were the only ones shedding light on cold civil rights-era murder cases . Now the FBI and Congress are taking another look. Mitchell explains why, when it comes to civil rights, the past isn’t past.

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