January 30, 2004

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Friday, January 30, 2004

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We consider the BBC in hot water...

Sticking to Their Guns

In the face of mounting evidence that Saddam's Iraq posed no imminent threat to the U.S., the Bush administration continues to insist that Operation Iraqi Freedom was justified. White House officials are reverting to linguistic obfuscation, emphasis on certain talking points and the omission of others, and of course, blaming ...

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Sticking to Our Minds

For most of Bush's presidency, and especially since 9-11, the majority of Americans have been eager to believe in the President, and in his stated reasons for invading Iraq. And after those reasons were shown to be largely groundless, most people have continued to cling to them. Bob speaks with ...

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Hutton Chops

It's been a tough week for the Beeb. After months of investigation, Lord Hutton concluded that the BBC was at fault last year for broadcasting a report accusing the British government of "sexing up" intelligence about the Iraqi threat. The decision was followed by the resignations of two top BBC ...

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Pope Death Watch

Some time ago, we reported on a strange vigil that was taking place in Rome. The Pope was suffering from Parkinson's Disease, and showing signs of fatigue. Many of his fellow Vatican residents have recognized the opportunity to profit from the morbid media spotlight on the Pope, and were providing ...

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Letters

Bob and Brooke read from listeners' letters.

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Nudge Nudge

After their embarrassing mistakes on Election Night 2000, the big three news networks swore that they'd be extra careful - and responsible - when reporting election returns in the future. This week in New Hampshire, they had their first opportunity to demonstrate their mended ways. One of their cardinal rules ...

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Primetime Primary

At last, Americans can use their cell phones to register their choice of presidential candidate! Not for the heated contests being held in South Carolina, Arizona, and New Mexico… but rather for Showtime's very own 10-episode primary. On "American Candidate," political polemics meets reality TV meets the American dream, and ...

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State Secrets' Secret

When the U.S. government withholds information for national security reasons, it often invokes what's known as the "State Secrets Privilege." The legal precedent was established in 1948, when the Supreme Court ruled that the military didn't have to release documents relating to an Air Force plane crash in Georgia. Now, ...

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Jack Paar's Legacy

This week, one of television's formative personalities passed away. During his reign at the helm of the Tonight Show between 1957 and 1962, Jack Paar chatted with rising stars and established ones. In the process, he showed America the human side of some of the world's most famous and powerful ...

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