July 20, 2007

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Show Summary: The curious timing of the N.I.E., trouble on the Mexican border, and piracy comes to the publishing world.

Be Afraid

With the Senate about to debate an Iraq withdrawal plan this week, the White House released a summary of a new National Intelligence Estimate saying Al Qaeda is still a major threat. Chicago Tribune correspondent Mark Silva says the timing was no accident.

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Worst...P.R....Ever

Public relations has always been a part of politics. And Fraser Seitel wrote the book on P.R.... literally. He's a Republican, but gives an emphatic two thumbs down to the Bush Administration's P.R. prowess.

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I Am Not a Schnook

Two years into his presidency, Nixon fired off a memo to his chief of staff in which he grumbled about his bad public relations. James Reston, Jr., author of The Conviction of Richard Nixon, calls the just-released letter a “warm bath of Nixon paranoia.”

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War Stories

As a media liaison for the Marines during the early days of the Iraq War, Josh Rushing was stuck between his military superiors and reporters at Al Jazeera. Four years later, Rushing is a reporter for that very network. In his new book, he ...

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Mean Streets of Laredo

It’s long been dangerous for Mexican journalists to investigate the drug gangs there. But recently, reporters from north of the border have been threatened as well. San Antonio Express News editor Robert Rivard explains why he pulled his Laredo correspondent from the beat last week.

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UPDATE: Plame Affair

Perhaps, just perhaps, we’ve reached a conclusion to the perpetually on-going story of outed CIA operative Valerie Plame. This week, a judge dismissed Plame’s civil suit against Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, and Richard Armitage.

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Piracy Spoils

Despite draconian measures to keep a tight lid on the final Harry Potter book, its contents made their way onto the web this week. David Bell, Dean of Faculty at Johns Hopkins, thinks it could be a harbinger of more pirates in the publishing world.

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Unbuckling the Beltway

A new website, makes it easy for anyone to search "DC Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey’s phone records. When ABC News producers had exclusive control of the list, they decided it wasn't news. So should the records be readily accessible? The site’s co-creator Daniel Silverman discusses the ...

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