August 5, 2005

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Friday, August 05, 2005

We dust off a 60-year old case of wartime censorship. Also a quick history of American media since the revolution.

60 Years Late/An Untold Story

When the atomic bomb exploded over the port city of Nagasaki, Japan in the late morning of August 9th, 1945, tens of thousands of civilian Japanese died immediately. By October, many thousands more were dying of a mysterious disease, but journalists were barred from the affected areas so few accounts ...


Keeping Secrets

New York Times reporter William L. Laurence witnessed the dropping of the atomic bomb, flying with American troops over Nagasaki while the bomb was dropped. He won the Pulitzer Prize for a series of stories he subsequently published, many of which included details about the development and production of the ...


The Digging Life

16 years ago, TV producer Charles Lewis left "60 Minutes" to found the Center for Public Integrity. In the years since, the Center has become the largest non-profit investigative journalism organization in the world, uncovering some of last decade's most important political stories. Lewis, who left the Center earlier this ...


Creation of the Media

It's often been observed that technological innovations are the primary force driving the evolution of the mass media. But make your way through the 402 pages Paul Starr's book The Creation of the Media, and that notion will be left in dust - along with many other common assumptions. In ...


Wordwatch: Echo Chamber

A free forum of ideas suggests a back-and-forth exchange between individuals with various perspectives. But what happens when people are sequestered to separate discursive spaces on the basis of their ideas? As we're seeing all over the Internet these days, debate breaks down, and in its place we find simply ...


Gun Shy

For years, gun ownership has been one of the most persistent and polarizing aspects of America's "culture war." But have the media done justice to both sides of the issue? Some journalists have admitted that mainstream media tend to stereotype hunters and gun collectors as raging lunatics. Which, in turn, ...


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