August 17, 2007

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Show summary: New Orleans revisited, the campaign narrative, and a Christian reporter loses religion

Down In The Flood

A year and a half ago OTM took a trip to New Orleans to see what effect Hurricane Katrina had had on the city’s media. What we found was a city where nearly every aspect of the news was being reconsidered. With the 2nd anniversary of the storm ...

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Building Blocks

Lolis Eric Elie is a native New Orlinean and metro columnist for the Times Picayune. His beat now extends to covering the New Orleans diaspora and so he’s also seen the post-Katrina story from the outside in. He explains why the narrative of Big Easy rebuilding

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Goodbye Karl - We Hardly Knew Ye

Presidential Adviser Karl Rove announced this week that he would be stepping down at the end of the month. Portrayed as everything from genius to puppet-master, in the end the press seemed mostly in awe of his political cunning. We take a look back ...

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It's the Narrative, Stupid

If you want to be president you have to have a story to tell, or more especially one that reporters can tell about you. Paul Waldman of Media Matters for America discusses the three-part campaign narrative – from Jimmy Carter in 1976 to Barack Obama today.

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Paradise Lost

As a born-again Christian, L.A. Times reporter Bill Lobdell was frustrated by media coverage of religious people. So he lobbied his editors and prayed for the religion beat. He eventually got his wish, only to lose his faith in the church and in God after eight years ...

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God No!

No longer content to silently disavow religion, the so-called New Atheists are on the offensive. Borrowing tactics from the faithful, nonbelievers have taken to proselytizing in books and in the media. And yes, they’re even in foxholes.

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