August 22, 2008

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Show Summary: boycotting the political conventions; Olympics coverage we didn't see; a fact checking abomination

Challenging Convention

This weekend, as an estimated 15,000 reporters head to Denver for the Democratic National Convention, Slate’s Jack Shafer asks, why? There hasn’t been a contested nomination since 1976, he argues, and news organizations’ resources would be best put to use elsewhere. Brooke puts his arguments to the test.

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No There There

It’s an age old competition at the Olympics, between those who think the games should include a little context and those that think they should be solely a showcase for sport. The Washington Post's Paul Farhi’s been watching the Beijing games as a fan, but he argues that ...

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Obama Nation Abomination

Jerome Corsi's bestseller "The Obama Nation," published by an imprint of Simon&Shuster, leaves much to be desired when it comes to fact checking. Radar Online's Charles Kaiser says the lack of facts in the book says something worrying about the publishing industry.

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Fool Me Twice

"The Obama Nation" contains incendiary charges against Barack Obama. But unlike Corsi’s 2004 bestseller "Unfit for Command" about John Kerry, his claims don’t seem to be sticking to the candidate this time around. Media Matters' Eric Boehlert says that's partly because liberals have learned from the past.

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How Tweet It Is

The 'micro-blogging' service Twitter gives you 140 characters to answer the question "What are you doing?" The answers, or tweets, are then broadcast to friends. It's a simple premise but internet consultant and author Clay Shirky argues as the service continues to grow, it's ...

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Micro Reporting

Some journalists have added Twitter as a reporting tool, both to gather and broadcast the news. Julio Ojeda Zapata, a technology columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, explains how non-stop twittering affects his reporting.

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State of the Union

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is an American-educated Bush Administration protégé. He has served as a compelling mouthpiece for his country in press coverage of the current conflict. David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker and former Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post gives his analysis of the Russia/Georgia ...

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Media Mogul

During his resignation speech, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf touted his country's flourishing independent media as one of his accomplishments. But although Musharraf initially expanded media freedoms, he tried to squelch them near the end of his rule. The Christian Science Monitor’s Shahan Mufti describes Musharraf’s mixed media ...

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Dress to Repress

When Pervez Musharraf traded in his military uniform for a suit and tie, or Castro embraced an Adidas track suit, it was that rare moment when dictatorial politics and the sartorial sweep of history collide. OTM takes this idea one step too far with Project Runway: Strongman Edition.

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