July 18, 2008

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Show Summary: under-reporting health plans; saving the newspaper business; and genetic testing over the internet.

Supply and Command

Economic turmoil was the story this week, with oil and gas prices causing much of the anxiety. The rise in prices are often cited as a simple issue of supply-and-demand but Howell Raines, media columnist for Portfolio Magazine, says journalists haven't pushed back hard enough against ...

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Unhealthy Reporting

In a series of blog posts for the Columbia Journalism Review, CJR Contributing Editor Trudy Lieberman takes the press to task for its under-coverage of both candidates' proposals for health insurance reform. And she explains why Obama's plan is neither 'national' nor 'universal.'

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Weathering the Storm

Katharine Weymouth took the post of publisher for The Washington Post during a difficult time. Layoffs, a shrinking news hole and drops in circulation have created a grim climate for The Post and newspapers in general. Weymouth explains why she still has hope for her paper ...

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Unfair Use?

When the Associated Press busted a little-known website for posting excerpts from AP stories, the blogosphere responded with indignation. After all, appropriating content with a link back to its source is common practice. Media scholar Siva Vaidhyanathan looks at the ongoing battle between blogs and the mainstream media.

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Tough Love

It's no great mystery that newspapers are struggling with a near-apocalyptic business forecast. Most readers are settling for smaller papers, fewer reporters and less coverage. But Keith Hemstead is a newspaper reader who won't settle for less, and he's suing his paper to try and save it.

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The Intelligence Community

The satirical cover of The New Yorker magazine was chattering class fodder this week, with pundits and more pundits wondering aloud if 'other people' would understand the joke. Brooke wonders aloud why so many supposedly smart people assume the rest of us are so dumb.

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I Am Whatever You Say I Am

At the forefront of retail medicine are the many companies selling genetic testing over the internet. But in recent months over a dozen of these companies have received cease-and-desist letters from state regulators. Biomedical ethics professor David Magnus explains the stakes when we lose ...

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Search and Destroy

The ability to search through massive amounts of data, Google-style, is having far-reaching effects. And, according to Wired Magazine's Chris Anderson, one of the most significant casualties may be the venerable scientific method. He explains why in the age of the petabyte, scientific testing is forever changed and ...

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