November 1, 2002

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Friday, November 01, 2002

A reporter is accused of fabricating sources, and the Army goes into the video game industry.

Midterm Madness’s The Note has asked viewers to be media watchdogs by sending in examples of questionable campaigning from negative ads to election-time inaccuracies. Mark Halperin is editor of The Note and he joins Bob to discuss what they have amassed so far.


Protesting the Piece

Last week, the New York Times reported that attendance at Saturday’s peace protest in Washington fell below organizers’ expectations. Later in the week, the Times, along with several other news outlets that had reported similarly on the crowd estimates, corrected itself, reporting that actually the numbers had swelled far above ...


Making the News

A Washington-based Associated Press reporter was recently charged with fabricating sources, quotes, and even organizations. The reporter in question, Christopher Newton, was fired right away. This week in, Jack Shafer wrote that maybe Newton’s biggest infraction wasn’t straying from the truth, but sticking to closely to the AP model ...


I See Dead People (everywhere…)

Halloween was last week, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait another year to feast your eyes on gruesome bodies and corpses galore. In fact, you can probably turn on the television tonight to view your share of the dead; TV dramas that focus—both figuratively and literally—on cadavers seem ...


Release Getters

Just how easy is it to get a person to sign a release for a video of their arrest? Pretty easy, according to release getters—the people who get subjects to sign releases for their videotaped arrests and other such spectacles. The footage generally ends up on shows like World’s Wildest ...



"Journeys with George," putting CNN in the hot seat, and remembering loved ones…Brooke and Bob read and respond to listeners’ letters.


Truth & Propaganda

Camera Planet correspondent Peter Arnett, about to return to Bagdhad, discusses the line between news and propaganda, and other lessons learned reporting from Iraq for CNN during the first gulf war.



Over seven million dollars have gone into developing the Army’s new recruitment tool—an online video game available at On the Media asked 17-year-old Radio Rookie Marc Delgado to report back on whether the Army’s hi-tech game really makes potential recruits want to be an ‘Army of One.’


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