January 18, 2008

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Show Summary: Dennis Kucinich on being shut out of the MSNBC debate; 'Filipino monkey' makes mischief?; and the UK's fascination with the U.S. primaries

Mission Impossible

President Bush returned this week from the Middle East, where he toured with a three-point agenda: peace, Iran and oil. According to The Week's Susan Caskie, editorials from the region were all in agreement – thumbs down.

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Tale of the Tapes

Both Iran and the U.S. released doctored videos recently of a January 6th confrontation in the Strait of Hormuz. The Washington Post's Bill Arkin says the awkwardly produced videos, plus a prankster called the ‘Filipino monkey,’ have overshadowed the real story in the media.

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The Politics of Exclusion

Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich sued MSNBC after the station uninvited him from this week's Democratic debate in Las Vegas. Siding with the Ohio congressman, a judge threatened to block the debate from airing - but the Nevada Supreme Court reversed the decision. Rep. Kucinich ...

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Primary Colours

In Britain, where political apathy is as ubiquitous as Earl Grey, the media are awash in American politics. Daily Telegraph columnist Janet Daley says that despite the “supercilious skepticism of the BBC to genuine popular democracy,” Britons are transfixed.

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Pay As You Go

Paying a source for interviews is one of journalism’s most grievous sins. But in this month’s Columbia Journalism Review, journalist and NYU professor Robert Boynton argues that for some reporters, whether or not to pay a source is a much more complicated calculation.

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Trials and Tribulations

A study out this week found that manufacturers of antidepressants are publishing their successful clinical trials and burying their failures. For those that rely on antidepressants this is another reason to feel bad, but medical reporter Jeanne Lenzer explains why Pharma's selective memory has potential

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Twenty Years Later

For better or worse, reporters change the lives of the people they write about. For twenty years, New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Roger Cohen believed that one of his stories had changed lives for the better. This year he discovered that he may have been wrong. Roger Cohen ...

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