January 23, 2004

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Friday, January 23, 2004


The media love a winner, and love to hate a loser.

Topdog, Underdog

After the votes were tallied this week, pundits continued to debate how much the Iowa caucuses really matter. But if there's any lesson we take away from Iowa, it's that the media love a winner, and love to hate a loser. And according to National Journal media critic Bill Powers, ...


The Spin Room

When the candidates left the stage on Thursday after the final debate before primary season, there was no rest - yet - for the weary. Instead, they moved on to the spin room, where the reporters asked questions that hadn't been asked in the debate, and the candidates reiterated their ...



Last month, a small community of webloggers decided they were fed up with the coverage that their favorite Democratic candidate was getting in the mainstream press. They decided to take matters into their own hands, and one by one began to "adopt" reporters whose work they would critique on their ...



Looking back over the history of politics in the TV age, there are more than a few examples of people dragged into infamy by a single image of themselves. And so it was with Governor Howard Dean this week, whose performance at a spontaneous pep rally in Iowa resonated almost ...



Listeners weigh in on campaign embeds, independent film, and the State of the Union.


Angle on the Address

There weren't many surprises in this year's State of the Union Address, at least as far as the camera angles were concerned. We saw the usual well-timed cuts from the President to audience members with an apparent connection to his speech. As always, there was the sense that the camera ...


Publishing for a Young Iraq

In Saddam Hussein's Iraq, the range of children's books reflected the world that young people were being raised to live in. But since the fall of Baghdad, titles like "Tanks in the Night" and "The Story of Nationalisation" are disappearing from bookstores. In their place, publishers are now offering the ...


Profitable Occupation

This month, the Pentagon contracted an American company, Harris Corp., to run the much-criticized Iraqi Media Network, now called al-Iraqiya. Harris Corp.'s partner will be the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International. It's not surprising that the respected and well-rounded LBCI was chosen for the project. But some have wondered why an ...


Topic: War Reporting

Last week in Atlanta, a group of journalists with very different backgrounds gathered to discuss war reporting. There were two who covered the war in Iraq, one who covered World War II and Vietnam, a senior executive from CNN, and the producer of a new documentary about war coverage. Among ...


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