January 21, 2005

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Friday, January 21, 2005


A look back on media behavior in the President’s first term, the rise and fall of the mainstream media, and what makes Bob Novak so "special?"

American Coronation

Thursday's coronation of President Bush as a second term president gave American viewers a taste of life in a monarchy. Bob reviews the inauguration coverage on the cable and broadcast networks.


Media Misbehavin'

The inauguration provided the media with a peg for evaluating the last four years of presidential rule, and for speculating on the four to come. We at OTM seized the opportunity to evaluate the media's performance over the course of Bush's first term. Brooke reflects on the highlights, and far ...


How Sweet the Beat

Among the lesser noticed Bush Administration personnel changes is the promotion of Nicolle Devenish to White House Communications Director. She is not unknown, having run communications for Bush's re-election campaign and for Governor Jeb Bush. But it remains to be seen whether she will make life any easier for reporters, ...


Novak Rules

Conservative columnist and pundit Robert Novak has built a mini-media empire by tapping highly placed sources for insider news about Washington politics. The "Prince of Darkness," has also earned his share of infamy, most recently after outing undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame. The search for the source of that information ...


Back to the Future

Media analysts have often remarked on the Balkanization of the American mediascape, wherein an increasing number of voices are talking to a decreasing number of people. That's a new development, but also a very old one, according to National Journal columnist William Powers. He and Brooke discuss his prediction that ...


Rock of Aged

Rock & roll was once the music of rebellion and the currency of youth. Eventually, that youth grew up and became music critics. Today's critics of yesterday's bands might be accused of being driven more by sentimentality then by quality. But as WNYC's Brian Wise reports, concerns about nostalgia may ...


Analog in Winter

For many decades, reel-to-reel analog tape has defined the experience of recorded sound. It became the standard after World War II, but has gradually been overtaken by cheaper digital technology. And so this month, the last tape manufacturer, Quantegy, abruptly closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy. As far as ...


Record Scratch

Anybody watching the inauguration on Thursday might have noticed a couple of ads employing a tried and true commercial sound effect: the record scratch. The needle and the vinyl groove may be going the way of analog tape, but the sonic signifier of "Whoa! Wait a Minute!" endures. Back in ...


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