March 30, 2007

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Show Summary: London tabloids get tough on Iran, how earlier presidential primaries affect press coverage, and newspaper hoaxes through the ages.

Veiled Threats

The image of a veiled Faye Turney saturated British media this week. She's one of 15 British service members held in Iran on allegations of trespassing. Guardian media critic Matt Wells says the image is tapping into long-simmering fears in Britain.

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The Email Trail

Why no emails from Alberto Gonzales in the prosecutor purge document dumps? He apparently doesn't use email. Ditto for other Cabinet members. Now some are questioning whether Bush staffers avoid email altogether, or just their official accounts. Government watchdog Melanie Sloan says there’s

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Below the Beltway

Socializing between reporters and the people they cover is part of the D.C. landscape. But when they actually tie the knot, are journalists in an ethical bind? We asked Fortune’s Washington Bureau Chief Nina Easton, wife of John McCain’s media advisor.

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Primary Pile-Up

Tired of Iowa and New Hampshire’s clout, many states are moving their presidential primaries earlier in the year. Dallas Morning News reporter Wayne Slater talks about what the new "super duper primary" will mean for political reporters like himself.

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The Big C

The recurrence of cancer in both Tony Snow and Elizabeth Edwards brought the disease back into the news this week. Cancer historian James S. Olson explains why a disease as old as we are is just beginning to change its public image.

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Drawing the Line

The pen of the editorial cartoonist is often the sharpest in the newsroom. But if a pictorial barb gores the wrong ox, it is likely to be spiked. David Wallis has collected some of the best of what was deemed not fit to print in his new book, ...

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Jihad to Go There

Remember Hogan’s Heroes? Many objected to that sitcom on the grounds that it trivialized the horrors of the Nazis. Now there's Jihad to Be There, soon to debut on the brand-new Terror Channel. Programming exec Rex Van Ommeran describes it as a “madcap romp through a ...

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Fool’s Errand

There is an old tradition of “fake news” in American journalism, whereby reporters set out to deceive readers just for the fun of it. In the current issue of CJR, author Robert Love chronicles some of history's more memorable ink-stained hoaxes.

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