November 16, 2007

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Show Summary: the surge; the conservative email forward; and border radio

Number Theory

For the past few months, the number of both Iraqi civilian and U.S. military casualties has dropped significantly. The numbers don't add up to victory yet, but some criticize the media for failing to report the trend. Bob takes a look at the coverage.

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Letters

Brooke and Bob read your comments on waterboarding and textbook conflicts.

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Rough Trade

The Clinton campaign machine has developed a reputation for being adversarial, at best, with the press. Is it a response to a drubbing by the media during her husband’s presidency? Or is it a lesson learned from the Bush administration? The New Republic's Michael Crowley explains the consequences ...

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Forward Looking

“Dirty tricks” have long been a staple of American campaign politics – only now they increasingly play out online, reaching millions of voters. Take, for example, the conservative email forward. Christopher Hayes, Washington editor of The Nation, has a few in his inbox.

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Criminal Intent

An oft-cited annual list of “safest” and “most dangerous” U.S. cities comes out this week. However, the American Society of Criminology, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the FBI warn the press to proceed with caution when reporting the information. Criminologist Dr. Richard Rosenfeld explains why.

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The X Factor

For over 50 years, outlaw American radio broadcasters exploited a legal loophole and aired powerful pirate radio from the Mexican side of the border. So called ‘border blasters’ - or ‘X stations’ - were true innovators whose influence continues to be felt today. OTM’s Jamie York ...

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