December 21, 2007

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Show Summary: Keeping the presidential candidates and the networks honest, plus the grim routine of covering capital punishment in Texas.

True That

It's that time of year, when presidential candidates' thoughts turn to misstatements of fact. But with more and more news outlets taking the pols to task for their public speeches and ads, might accuracy be gaining the upper hand? Brooks Jackson, director of factcheck.org, explains his ...

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Regrets, I've Had A Few

Try as they might, publishers and broadcasters can’t help making mistakes now and then. Craig Silverman, of the website and book Regret the Error, makes his third annual visit to our show for a round-up of the year in errors and corrections.

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The Neverending Story

New Jersey abolished its death penalty this week. An upcoming Supreme Court case may change the way states administer lethal injections. With the highest number of U.S. executions, Texas will be most affected by these developments, but as Bob reports, executions have become a grim routine ...

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The Lone Operator

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin helped push through two rulings this week - despite opposition from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, pro-business lobbyists, media watchdogs and all of his fellow commissioners. Jim Puzzanghera of the Los Angeles Times says the contentious rulings reflect Martin's ...

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Journalists in Peril

2007 was the deadliest year for journalists around the world in over a decade. We look at the ultimate consequence of reporting the news.

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Letters

Listener's weigh in on last week's stories about the FEC, the New Hampshire primary and ads beamed at your head.

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Tintin in the World

Between 1929 and 1976, Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, aka Hergé, penned the Tintin series. On the occasion of Hergé’s 100th birthday, cartoonist R. Sikoryak talks about why the books, hugely popular around the world, never gained a mass following in the U.S.

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The Specials

Since they were first broadcast some four decades ago, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” have become as much a part of the season as tinsel and mistletoe. Reporters Alex Goldmark and Rachel McCarthy explore what ...

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