May 6, 2005

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Friday, May 06, 2005

Making what bleeds, lead and much more

Making What Bleeds Lead

A year ago last week, the world was confronted for the first time with images of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. Ever since, the American Civil Liberties Union has worked to keep the spotlight on allegations of torture at American military facilities. Unfortunately for the group, additional photos were never ...

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FOIA'd Again

Last week, the Defense Department released hundreds of official military photos depicting honor guard ceremonies for soldiers killed at war. The Pentagon originally denied a FOIA request for the images, but relented in the face of a lawsuit. Last year, Bob got this primer on filing FOIA requests from online ...

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Caught In The Balance

Conservatives have long complained about what they perceive as a left-wing tilt in public broadcasting. This week, a front-page story in the New York Times reported that Kenneth Tomlinson, chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, is among the critics, and is taking steps to right the leaning ship. Tomlinson ...

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Remote Control

This week, a coalition called TV Watch was founded with the backing of three big networks to oppose government regulation of TV content. It's the industry's response to pressure that's been building since Janet Jackson's Superbowl exposure, most recently in the form of calls from some lawmakers to crack down ...

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Broadband Gap

We've heard plenty about the so-called digital divide in this country between haves and have-nots. But what about the digital divide between this country and the rest of the world? In the May/June issue of Foreign Affairs Magazine, Thomas Bleha argues that when it comes to developing the broadband infrastructure, ...

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Walk-on Story, Runaway Coverage

You don't have to be an obsessive TV watcher to have noticed recent runaway coverage of a certain would-be bride. When Jennifer Wilbanks got cold feet, she made tabloid headlines and left tracks all over the cable news channels, including CNN. But when Jonathan Klein took over as president of ...

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Playing One on TV

Among the ranks of talking heads populating the world of TV punditry are many men and women from the newsrooms of America's print and broadcast outlets. For some, it comes easy. But not everybody is born to bloviate. And so one Washington P.R. firm is training journalists with little or ...

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