September 10, 2004

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Friday, September 10, 2004


How to cover a hurricane, and more!

Critical Mass Media

In the throes of the Beslan hostage catastrophe last week, the Russian government reverted to the standard procedure employed in previous crises: it lied. But is it possible that the latest embarrassment, which met with harsh criticism from much of the media, will finally coax the government into more honesty ...


In the Mirror of Beslan

Many commentators throughout the world, unsurprisingly, framed the slaughter at Beslan in the context of the global war on terrorism. What was surprising was the sentiment of self-criticism that surfaced in some parts of the Arab media. Most notable was a column by the general manager of the Al-Arabiya satellite ...


Mano a Mano

Thus far, the presidential campaign has been dominated by candidates sniping at each other from remote locations. But the luxury of monopolizing the podium won't last forever. And when the debates start up at the end of this month, the sparks are sure to fly. At least that's the view ...


How to Cover a Hurricane

Hurricane season is only half-over and already dozens of Americans have been killed by two powerful storms. Now a third, nicknamed Ivan, is hurtling towards Florida, causing consternation on the part of everyone in its path. Everyone, that is, except for the media. Every hurricane season, local TV stations respond ...


Eyes (and Ears) of the Storm

Last year, as the last hurricane with an "I" name bared down on the Carolina coast, TV viewers across the country could follow its every move. But why exactly did news organizations nowhere near Isabel's path feel the need to dispatch reporters to the center of the gale? Bob put ...


Journalists as People

A good portion of 21st-century news consumers no longer believe in objectivity. They know it isn't possible. And yet the public expects reporters to always play it down the middle, delivering the facts and only the facts, unencumbered by bias. But to what lengths should reporters go? Can they report ...

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The Forgotten Network

Television viewers under a certain age think of the big three broadcast networks as having existed since the dawn of time. A misconception, of course - but largely because of what it omits. In TV's earliest days, there was also the DuMont Network, a pioneering enterprise that aired some of ...


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