May 21, 2004

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Friday, May 21, 2004

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The media management of Colin Powell, the expulsion of a New York Times reporter from Brazil and more.

Don't Shoot the Translator

In a closed session with the 9/11 Commission, a former FBI translator named Sibel Edmonds reportedly made an explosive charge. She described documents that crossed her desk in the summer of 2001, detailing plans for an Al Qaeda attack on U.S. skyscrapers with hijacked airplanes. Her allegations were picked up ...

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State Secrets Secret

The legal rationale used by the government to block Sibel Edmonds from testifying in court is called the "State Secrets Privilege." It has been invoked from time to time to quash information that the government says would threaten national security. But now, the precedent for that legal device is being ...

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The Good Soldier

Since the Bush Administration rolled into office, Secretary of State Colin Powell has remained by far its most popular member. Sympathetic observers commonly attribute Powell's positive ratings to his up-by-the-bootstraps personal story, his straight-talking manner, and his reputation as a "good soldier." But might Powell's own calculating maneuvers be just ...

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Word Up

There's been a lot of talk recently about the exact definition of "torture." Some say it's an accurate descriptor of what happened to Iraqi detainees in U.S. custody. Others say those detainees were not tortured, but simply "abused," and that "torture" is something out of Saddam's dungeons. In a Newsday ...

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Letters

Listeners weigh in on our interview with marketing consultant and amateur political advisor Clotaire Rapaille, and our report on the longevity of Godzilla. Also, we update the story of the Bush administration’s attempt to package its Medicare message as real news.

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Subcontinentally Wrong

Much was made over the extent to which media prognosticators got it wrong in the lead-up to the early Democratic presidential primaries. But this isn't the only democracy in which pundits are often contradicted by actual events. Take India, for example, where the Sonia Gandhi's Congress Party recently defied most ...

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The Drink Stink

New York Times correspondent Larry Rohter can stay in Brazil, after all. Earlier this month, the Brazilian government declared it would revoke the reporter's visa because of an article he wrote about President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's drinking habits. The nation's media rallied to Rohter's defense, but only on ...

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Sir Yes Sir!

Last week, a team of Army Special Forces troops staged a simulated assault in front of the L.A. Convention Center. It wasn't a preparedness drill for a potential terrorist attack. The troops were promoting the latest version of "America's Army," a video game designed as an Army recruitment tool. When ...

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