May 27, 2005

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Friday, May 27, 2005

When is it okay to show graphic war photos?

Memento Mori

Photographs of American soldiers killed in Iraq are a window onto the cold reality of war there. Does that mean we should see those images in our morning papers? So far, the answer from editors seems to be no. LA Times media writer Jim Rainey surveyed eight major newspapers, and ...


War Porn

There was a time that novelist Jim Lewis favored the wide publication of graphic war photos. Like many others, he believed that they accurately conveyed the real horrors of war. But after photographing the aftermath of a horrific atrocity in Congo, Lewis changed his mind. In the wake of the ...


Hard Corps

It’s a ritual of diplomacy we’ve all come to expect - foreign dignitary visits White House, and the two leaders hold a press availability. But when Afghan president Hamid Karzai dropped in this week, many White House reporters took a pass. White House staffers reportedly scrambled to fill empty seats ...


When the Eddy Breaks

Circulation for the Christian Science Monitor has plummeted in recent decades, and costly broadcast ventures by the organization haven’t helped. Recently, the Monitor named a new top editor, who, incidentally, is not a practicing journalist but rather a longtime church member. Is the paper in the midst of its most ...


The Passion of the Pitch

In Italy, they re known as soccer missionaries - priests and even Cardinals who provide commentary on sports. And recently, the official Vatican radio started a new show devoted entirely to sports. Listeners tune in weekly to hear the Church’s take on anything from doping in cycling to bad calls ...


The Detente Will Be Televised

Since its unsolicited selection for the axis of evil, North Korea has largely fulfilled its media role as America's Asian arch-nemesis. But there's at least one place where North Korea's image has been softening - South Korea. Wall Street Journal reporter Gordon Fairclough explains to Bob how the improvement of ...


Buzz Kill

For several years, marketers have been rediscovering the power of the world’s oldest advertising technique: word-of-mouth. And a company called BuzzMetrics thinks it s found an effective way to track it. Researchers there sniff out cyberspace's most influential visitors and monitor everything they say. They then sell that information to ...


Speech Defect

For millions of Americans, the final word on the filibuster is Frank Capra s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. The 1939 film depicts 24 hours of uninterrupted oratory by a heroic junior Senator, who ultimately succeeds in defeating a corrupt political machine. But Slate senior writer Tim Noah tells Brooke ...


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