July 25, 2008

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Campaigning against the media, commenting on comments and Chandra Levy revisited

The Media Hearts Obama?

All three network anchors and dozens of other reporters followed Barack Obama on his whirlwind tour through the Mideast and Europe this week, sparking humor-infused complaints from the John McCain campaign. Project for Excellence in Journalism Director Tom Rosenstiel says there's nothing new about ...

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Dammit Janet!

A court ruled this week that the FCC can't fine CBS for the 2004 Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction." Are we in for an era of foul language and nudity on America's airwaves? Adam Thierer, Senior Fellow with the Progress & Freedom Foundation, offers analysis.

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Comments on Comments

There's been a bit of a backlash recently against the angry commenter on newspaper websites. Some are calling for newspapers to stop allowing comments sections all together. But what about democracy on the web? Bob, with the help of "This American Life"'s Ira Glass, ruminates on ...

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Hellhounds On My Trail

If all commenters are ticking time bombs waiting to go off, then rule one is: don’t light the fuse by responding directly. But as a professional writer and critic, Lee Siegel had had enough. So he used a pseudonym to respond. He explains the hard-won lessons from ...

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Aren't We There Yet?

Roanoke Times editor Carole Tarrant says newspapers can't be online without reader comments. The comments section at her paper hosts an invaluable discussion. Anyway, she says, it's the paper's job to make sure the conversation stays civilized.

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Ad Hominem Attack

Is it too PC to be upset by a commercial? Bob comments on a violent and homophobic message in a Snickers commercial that prompted him to write a letter to the offending ad agency. The ad has since been pulled.

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Twice Told Tale?

The Washington Post is wrapping up a 12-part series on the 2001 murder of Chandra Levy. Some critics, like the Washington City Paper's editor Erik Wemple, have wondered why the story is worth revisiting. Jeff Leen, assistant managing editor in charge of the Post's investigations unit, ...

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Getting in Character

Earlier this year, the television program "America’s Most Wanted" aired an episode featuring Julia Dahl, a reporter trying to help solve the murder of a young woman she knew formerly as a source. How Dahl ended up on the show, and what she learned from the experience, is ...

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