January 14, 2005

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Friday, January 14, 2005


The Democrats form a year-round war room to counter the Republican’s message machine plus much more!

Getting Out the Vote

If an Iraqi election takes place, but there's no one there to report it, does it make a sound? As conditions have deteriorated for foreign journalists in Iraq, they have increasingly relied on their Iraqi "fixers" for news gathering. Iraqi journalists aren't safe either - dozens have been killed since ...


Abbas and After

Last Sunday capped a heated campaign season in the Middle East, as Mahmoud Abbas was elected the first new Palestinian president in over 30 years. Anybody following the press throughout could witness a process of self-criticism and debate about future of Palestine. University of Maryland professor Shibley Telhami was one ...


Politicking in Unison

Still smarting from their big losses in November's election - losses facilitated by the Republicans' sophisticated message machine - Senate Democrats this month opened their first permanent communications war room. The Senate Democratic Communications Center is based out of the office of minority leader Harry Reid, and will be run ...


Pundit Payola

Conservative black TV and newspaper pundit Armstrong Williams has frequently argued in support the Bush Administration's No Child Left Behind Act. What his audience didn't know until last week was that he was being paid by the Department of Education as part of an attempt to promote the law among ...


Wordwatch: Michael Moore

Ever since Fahrenheit 9/11 hit movie theaters, we've noticed that its auteur has undergone an interesting transformation. Whereas "Michael Moore" used to refer to a filmmaker from Flint, it has gradually come to stand in for a state of mind. From the floor of Congress to the cable news ether, ...


Chilled Out

This week, CBS released the results of its investigation into what has become known as Memogate. The conclusion: the network's "myopic zeal" to be the first to broadcast an indicting story about President Bush's National Guard service resulted in a story that was neither fair nor accurate. The report triggered ...


After School Specials

Once upon a time, latchkey kids could curl up to the TV for dramatized versions of the more vexing issues of adolescence. Bullying, parental divorce, teen pregnancy, and the dangers of drugs were just some of the topics addressed in ABC's After School Specials, which aired from 1972 through 1988. ...


Mom & Dad

If you grew up in small-town America during the 40s or 50s, there's a good chance that your first exposure to cinematic taboo came in the guise of the sex-hygiene film. And most exploitation aficionados will agree that "Mom & Dad" was the king of the genre. Exploitation historian Joe ...


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