June 6, 2008

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Show Summary: Scott McClellan, Arianna Huffington, Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib

Happen Stance

In his new book, What Happened, former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan says he was misinformed and misled and, surprise, so too were the American people. Too little, too late?

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The Olbermann Effect

The presidential nominees have finally emerged, but the real victor this primary season is cable news. Especially MSNBC, whose ratings have spiked dramatically. The New York Times’ Brian Stelter says the high ratings may come with a cost, but MSNBC’s Executive in Charge Phil Griffin dismisses ...

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HuffPo a Go Go

The liberal political website The Huffington Post has grown its content and its audience in recent months. Editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington discusses the site’s evolution as well as her main media critiques, including the three little words she hates hearing out of Tim Russert’s mouth.

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Bob reads some of your letters and comments.

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Stagecraft at Guantanamo

This week, five men were formally accused of murder in the September 11th attacks in a trial that could test the military tribunal system and make legal history. The Miami Herald’s Carol Rosenberg says the arraignment was a stunning media moment as well.

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Standard Bearers

New Yorker staff writer Philip Gourevitch and filmmaker Errol Morris spent two years investigating the motivations of the soldiers in the infamous Abu Ghraib prison photos for a documentary and book, both called Standard Operating Procedure. Gourevitch explains that the “bad apples” rationale doesn’t hold water.

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