July 15, 2005

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Friday, July 15, 2005

signs of Achill: the Cleveland Plain Dealer decides not to print a story because of the Valerie Plame case.

Cold Snap

Ever since the prosecutor in the Valerie Plame leak investigation started targeting journalists, many have worried about a resulting chilling effect that would shackle investigative reporters and gag would-be whistleblowers. Two weeks ago, it appeared the chill had arrived, in the form of a column by the editor of the ...

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Elephants in the Room

Corporation for Public Broadcasting chairman Kenneth Tomlinson continues to feel the heat from critics who accuse him of political meddling. This week, CPB's Inspector General agreed to investigate Tomlinson's hiring of a former GOP operative as CPB president. Bob and Brooke have the latest on the controversies in pub-casting.

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(Air)Time is Money

Talk radio hosts make a living out of their strong opinions. But can their advocacy on behalf of political campaigns actually be considered an in-kind contribution? It sure can, according to a recent court decision in Olympia, Washington. Seattle media lawyer Bruce Johnson tells Brooke that the case is a ...

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Speaking with the Enemy

Suicide bombings have become an almost daily feature of the war in Iraq. But with the so-called "insurgency" composed of such disparate elements, and nobody officially speaking for any of them, it's always hard to know who did what for what reason. Now, that could be changing - two insurgent ...

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Murderous Intent

A few weeks ago, Time Magazine ran a cover story entitled "Inside the Mind of an Iraqi Suicide Bomber." It features a rare interview with a young insurgent-in-training. Baghdad correspondent Aparisim Ghosh wrote the story, and joins Bob to reflect on the experience of sitting down to chat with a ...

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Legal Padding

Local governments are obligated to inform the citizenry about new speed bumps, traffic lights, and the recycling schedule via public notices published in the local paper. In a few states, legislators have suggested that the Internet might be the logical place for public notices in the 21st century. But local ...

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A Novel Approach

This week, the L.A. Times ran a five part series, telling the story of a young boxer as she fights the odds to victory. The series looks to narrative non-fiction for its structure, reading like a novel and placing the he-said, she-said of attributions in footnotes at the end. Bob ...

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As Seen on TV

With so many real-life jurors raised on a diet of tightly-scripted courtroom dramas, what's a real-life attorney to do? Call Neal Howard. The longtime scriptwriter for shows like King of Queens also works as a trial consultant, advising attorneys on how to enliven their arguments and capture the attention of ...

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