May 16, 2003

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Friday, May 16, 2003


Plagiarism, and financial collusion-- and that's only some of what's ailing American news papering. Also the FCC gears up to dump some old rules.

Deregulation Primer

The Federal Communications Commission is poised to make sweeping changes to its restrictions on media ownership. The rules were created to promote a diversity of voices on the airwaves and in the papers, and many fear that the changes, should they pass, could undermine that goal. OTM's Paul Ingles reports ...


Consolidation Countdown

With only weeks left until the FCC vote, those on both sides of the deregulation debate are furiously trying to win the hearts and minds of Congress and other key players. The result has been some last-minute bargaining and unlikely alliances. Cable World Senior Editor Alicia Mundy gives Bob a ...


Newspaper Errors

Since the Jayson Blair fiasco recently came to light, many have wondered why the mountain of factual inaccuracies in that reporter's stories hadn't raised a red flag earlier. Its probably because mistakes aren't all that uncommon -- about half of all newspaper articles contain at least one. OTM's John Solomon ...


Where Credit's Due

Broadcast media are often accused of taking story ideas that have already been reported by print media organizations. The ethical guidelines surrounding this practice are still unclear, but that hasn't kept some journalists from getting good and steamed about it. Investigative reporter and CQ/Homeland Security Editor Jeff Stein tells Bob ...


Election Lineup

The election is still a year and a half away, but the presidential candidates are already off and running the race. How well will the media perform this time around? Not very, if the last presidential election can be taken as a sign of things to come. That's according to ...



Brooke and Bob read from listeners' letters.


The Sound of WWII

Gulf War II was the first war that viewers had the ability to watch in real time, but it wasn't the first time reporters offered play-by-play narration from the battlefield. That distinction goes to World War II. The war reporting of Edward R. Murrow and his colleagues can again be ...


This Town Ain't Big Enough

A messy quarrel between two Seattle papers has focused attention on the strange world of Joint Operating Agreements. These agreements make it possible for cities to be two-paper towns when they probably could support only one. columnist Daniel Gross explains to Brooke why he thinks JOAs should go the ...


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