July 1, 2005

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Friday, July 01, 2005

Two journalistic sinners who took different paths to reportorial redemption.

The End of the Affair

The Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of reporters Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper, the defiant duo who have resisted court orders to reveal their government sources. Miller appears headed for prison, a martyr to the end. But Cooper may still walk free. On Thursday, his bosses at ...


By the Numbers

A new study conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press shows that the people do, by and large, support the press - under certain circumstances. At the same time, there's been a falloff in the percentage of Americans who find their daily newspaper believable, who ...


Tehran Darkhorse

The recent election of hard-line conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Iran's new president left observers in the Western media scratching their heads. For weeks, their coverage had focused on reformist candidates Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mustafa Moin, who many expected would be the first- and second-place finishers. Brooke speaks with blogger ...


Owners Take All

The sharing of media content and infrastructure was a theme in two Supreme Court decisions handed down this week. In the Grokster case, the Court ruled against peer-to-peer sharers, saying software makers can be held liable for copyright infringement by their users. Sharing was also nixed in the Brand X ...


South Park Conservatives

What do a bunch of foul-mouthed 4th-graders have in common with the Republican Party? Plenty, according to Brian C. Anderson, author of the recently-published South Park Conservatives. Mike Pesca speaks with Anderson about the anti-liberal inclinations of one of Comedy Central's most popular shows, the pitfalls of celebrity politics, and ...


Grace Notes

Former Atlanta prosecutor Nancy Grace doesn't like high-powered defense attorneys. The Court TV and CNN Headline News host has built a media career out of her strongly-held opinions about the current state of the criminal justice system. Mike cross-examined her about the effect of the 24-hour news cycle on due ...


Jury Nullification

The big concern with saturation media coverage of trials is that juries will be unduly swayed by that which happens outside the courtroom. But that’s not necessarily what the data show. Communications scholar William Loges argues that press hype has no discernible effect on trial outcome. Loges makes his case ...


Collectors' Edition

The mania of obsessive record collectors has long been fed by the re-release of rare and out-of-print recordings. But soon that experience may also be rare, because of copyright issues that apply to even the oldest recorded music. OTM's Rex Doane - who has an amazing record collection - reports.


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