April 29, 2005

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Friday, April 29, 2005

Blogging from the front lines and more...

I Wanna Be a Soldier Blogger

With computers, wireless connections, and digital cameras, soldiers are armed with everything it takes to publish a blog. Those blogs - and there are dozens and dozens of them - are bringing the war, in all its glory, horror and mundanity, to our home computers, whenever we want to log ...

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Messiah Complex

The rhetoric was heated this week on Capitol Hill, as the two parties neared a high-stakes showdown over the President's judicial nominees. Perhaps not as heated, though, as last Sunday, when several conservative Christian groups staged a telecast that was broadcast nationwide via a vast Christian media infrastructure that has ...

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Her Majesty's Pugilistic Press

It's election time again – in England. And fresh from watching the political strategy employed during our elections, Tony Blair is facing many of the same criticisms that Bush did. But the similarities stop there. Chief among the differences is that the kind of deference afforded to the president here ...

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Berlusconi Has a First Name – It's M-O-G-U-L

Silvio Berlusconi has been Italy's prime minister for the past four years. He's also the man who owns and controls 90 percent of Italy's television stations. And a major publishing house. Plus national papers and magazines. For the most part, Italians, and journalists, have quietly put up with this near ...

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We Now Interrupt This News Bulletin

Just before 9 o'clock Thursday evening, CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer offered a typical post-news conference wrapup of the president's remarks on Iraq, North Korea, education and, especially, Social Security. Except that it wasn't a post-news conference wrapup. It was a mid-news conference wrap-up. Bob reflects.

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Critical Acclaim

In October 2003, after an internal review triggered by the Jayson Blair scandal, the New York Times hired Daniel Okrent to the new post of public editor. Okrent agreed to take the job for 18 months only, and since then he's written a lively and widely-discussed column investigating reader complaints. ...

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I Want My Darfur

When On the Media last covered what then-Secretary of State Colin Powell called "genocide" in the Darfur region of Sudan, some 50,000 people were dead. That death toll may now be close to 400,000. So where is the television coverage? It's on mtvU, an offshoot of MTV. mtvU executive, Stephen ...

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