June 24, 2005

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Friday, June 24, 2005

Two journalistic sinners who took different paths to reportorial redemption. Plus, observing the twists and turns in the political dance of Rupert Murdoch and Hillary Clinton.

The Chopping Bloc

You listen to public radio, so you probably know that public broadcasting’s federal funding came under the ax, again. Half of the $200 million dollar proposed cut was restored by a House amendment on Thursday, though the exercise itself was instructive. The cut was put forth partly as an austerity ...

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The Forbidden Dance

The New York Observer recently took note of an odd political flirtation developing between none other than the junior senator from New York and the News Corp. mogul from Australia. Ben Smith wrote the piece, “The Odd Couple ’08,” and joins Brooke to discuss how a Clinton/Murdoch alliance could benefit ...

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Redemption Song

In a trade that insists on truth and integrity, journalists who confuse fact and fiction have a tough row to hoe on the long path to reportorial atonement. Brooke follows fallen New York Times reporter Michael Finkel’s bizarre discovery that a suspected murderer had co-opted his identity in Mexico – ...

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Exhibit A: The Press

Recent deportation cases in U.S. courts have some litigants concerned about what they call the latest tool in the war on terror: journalism. Immigration lawyers say that since 9/11, the Feds have increasingly relied on independent reportage as evidence against those it accuses of having ties with terrorist organizations. Does ...

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Pill Box

Recalls of popular drugs like Vioxx and Celebrex raise questions about how smart it is for drug companies to bypass doctors and hawk their wares directly to consumers on TV. Some claim the $4 billion spent annually on the ads increase awareness of treatments; others say the result is an ...

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White Noise

If you’ve been watching TV news recently, you know about the vacationing teenager who went missing in Aruba. On the broadcast networks alone, there have been nearly 200 news segments on Natalee Holloway; on cable there have been many more. Network execs apparently see this kind of story as a ...

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LBJ, Futurist

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, charged with promoting and funding public broadcasting in the U.S. was created by Congress in 1967. But when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Law, he had more than radio and TV on his mind. Listen to the moment when LBJ invented the Internet.

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