March 14, 2003

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Friday, March 14, 2003

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The balking hawks talk and a TV expert tells us what he did for money...

Pressing for Answers

In a rare prime-time press conference last week, President Bush again made his case for military action in Iraq. It left some observers scratching their heads and wondering who was to blame for the remarkable lack of information presented that evening - the Administration, or the media? Bob examines the ...

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Dispatch from an Embed #2

With war negotiations grinding to a halt at the UN, impatience is beginning to set in among some of the US troops deployed around Iraq. And, by some accounts, among the reporters embedded with the troops. Brooke checks in with NPR's John Burnett on his fourth day in the Kuwaiti ...

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Covering the Leaks

Two weeks ago, the London Observer printed a leaked memo showing that the U.S. was spying on UN officials who were equivocating on an Iraq invasion. The story has been notably absent from much of the US media. But former military man and Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg tells Brooke ...

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Haiti's Media Crisis

The long and bloody struggle for press freedom in Haiti saw a major setback last month when Radio Haiti was pulled off the air. The station's news director, Michele Montas, lost her husband to assassins three years ago and had been facing increasing threats on her own life and the ...

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Welcome to North Korea

When a couple of Dutch filmmakers set out to make a documentary about North Korea, they were able to gain access to the country only by posing as part of a scientific delegation eager to see the glories of Pyongyang. The trip footage these "tourists" brought back reveals little about ...

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On Second Thought...

Columnists are often anchors in the sea of media chatter. But for those who look to their favorite pundits for guidance on global matters, the world is still as confusing as ever. Lately, a group of formerly hawkish professional opinion-makers have been taking a more dovish stance. Slate.com's Mickey Kaus ...

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Rolodex Journalism

Journalists are only as good as their sources, which is why their potency is often measured by the size of their rolodexes. Why is it then, that so few experts are called upon again and again for quotes in scores of newspaper articles and TV news appearances? Maybe it has ...

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Paid Positions

When reporters need an authoritative perspective, they turn to the "experts." Do these "opinions for hire" always believe what they are saying? Not necessarily. But they'll say it, if the price is right. That's according to consultant Steven Moss, who tells Brooke about the years when he was paid handsomely ...

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