Dec 3, 2004

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Friday, December 03, 2004

Ukraine contends with people power amplified by a suddenly mutinous media...

Media Mutiny

For years, reporters in Ukraine have been told by the government what news to cover and how to cover it. But after last month's deeply flawed presidential elections, a sort of media mutiny took place, as dozens of journalists publicly demanded the right to call the shots as they saw ...

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Revolution, Inc.

For ten days, the world witnessed what appeared to be a spontaneous uprising by angry voters in the streets of Kiev. But for months, Ukrainian activists have been carefully honing their message and tactics, strategizing how best to sell themselves. And they've done it with the help of American-backed "uprising ...

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Update: Reporters in Court

Bob and Brooke offer updates on two legal cases against journalists. One is the libel lawsuit against New York Times columnist Nic Kristof. The other is the case against Rhode Island investigative reporter Jim Taricani, who was recently convicted of criminal contempt for refusing to identify one of his sources.

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Opaque Justice

All indications suggest that U.S. Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales will have little trouble getting through confirmation hearings. But already, some press freedom advocates are raising concerns about the former White House Counsel's record in matters of government transparency. Bob speaks with one such skeptic, Lucy Dalglish of the Reporters ...

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Perilous Times

What does George W. Bush have in common with John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, FDR, Harry Truman, JFK, and Lyndon Johnson? Each is a wartime president who took measures to quell dissent at home in the name of an American victory. And all of them, according to Geoffrey R. Stone's new ...

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Letters

OTM listeners weigh in.

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Psyche!

In October a Marine spokesman told CNN that troops in Fallujah had "crossed the line of departure." CNN was soon reporting that the Fallujah campaign had begun, but the offensive was still three weeks away. It turns out that the announcement was an elaborate psychological operation to dupe insurgents and ...

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All You Need Is Hate

"We don't just entertain racist kids.... We create them." That statement appears on the website of Panzerfaust Records, a white supremacist music label based in Minnesota. This fall, the label launched "Project Schoolyard," an effort to distribute its music to kids through methods like direct mail and bus stop handouts. ...

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Nashville Bob MP3

You asked for it, you got it! A free, downloadable version of Bob's hit song "Tag You're It"....

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