September 19, 2008

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Financial reporters, old and new, try to get to the truth of the current crisis, while the truth does nothing when it comes to correcting political misinformation and the truth comes out on the Rosenbergs. Plus, wiretapping the internet, the hottest rhetorical device in Washington, and a look back at David Foster Wallace.

Crash Coverage

The business and financial headlines have been exclamatory all week and, it seems, rightfully so; news from the markets is dramatic. The Columbia Journalism Review’s Dean Starkman says the press is hitting its mark with the day to day coverage but time will tell if it ...

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Cub Reporters in a Bear Market

These confusing times call for a new batch of financial journalists. But Cheryl Strauss Einhorn, adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Journalism School, says she hasn’t seen much interest in the subject. In fact, this year only four students enrolled in her class.

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There’s been no shortage of fact-checkers this campaign season. But Washington Post columnist Shankar Vedantam explains that a number of new studies suggest people don't let go of political misinformation after hearing a correction. In fact, the misinformation spreads.

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The Old Switcheroo

You can take the politician out of Washington, but you can’t take Washington out of the politician. It’s the hottest rhetorical device of campaign ’08 says Slate assistant editor Juliet Lapidos. And it’s called antimetabole.

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The Limits of Control

David Foster Wallace died last Friday at the age of 46. Known best as a fiction writer, he was also a journalist who wrote singular pieces about subjects as varied as porn industry awards, tennis-as-religion, luxury cruises, presidential campaigning, ...

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Tapping the Net

In the old era of land lines and copper wires, eavesdropping was a cinch. But more and more we’re making calls online, making it harder for governments to listen in. Of course, it doesn’t mean they’re not trying. Sun Microsystems engineer Susan Landau wrote about the brave new ...

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The Rosenbergs a Half Century Later

A new chapter has unfolded in the contentious story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, executed more than half a century ago. Last week brought new confirmation that he may have passed some secrets, but she did not. WNYC's Sara Fishko takes stock of the myths that ...

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