August 23, 2002

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Friday, August 23, 2002

Transcript

Why is CNN broadcasting Al Qaeda videos? Also, how investigative journalism can close tax loopholes.

Al Qaeda on CNN

This week CNN took a lot of airtime to promote, play and discuss its disturbing series “Terror on Tape.” CNN anchor Aaron Brown took equally great care to explain why it was alright to air them. Host Brooke Gladstone talks to Newsnight’s Aaron Brown about the ethics of broadcasting Al ...

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World Press: America vs. Iraq?

The international press is recoiling at the prospect of a U.S. war with Iraq. The global opinion pages of World Press Review tell that story. Host Brooke Gladstone talks to editor Alice Chasen about what journalists outside America are saying.

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New York Times’ Dove Campaign

Conservatives are charging the New York Times with using its front page to stir opposition to an U.S. attack on Iraq. But Republicans are not alone in their charge. Host Bob Garfield gets the criticism from Democratic pundit Mickey Kaus of Slate.com.

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Baseball Strike

Journalists seem unanimous when it comes to the looming baseball strike…they do not like it. But lost in their pleas to keep playing ball is the argument that a strike might actually fix all the economic woes that currently plague Major League Baseball. Bob talks to syndicated columnist and ABC ...

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Hollywood’s Native Americans

There are two types of Native Americans on Hollywood sets: the scalping savage of Westerns, and the noble spiritual guide of more recent films. Luckily, Tinseltown isn’t the only place making movies. OTM’s Paul Ingles finds out how Hollywood holds up against independent releases in representing Native Americans.

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Tax Loophole Reported, Closed

Sometimes journalism works. A loophole that the very rich used to avoid paying billions in taxes was closed just weeks after a story on it ran in the New York Times. Brooke talks to Times reporter David Cay Johnston about investigative journalism that gets results.

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Article Stirs Up Firestorm

A new book Death by Journalism? documents a news story and its huge impact on a small town. The original reporter of the story that caused such a stir has never spoken on tape about his work…until now. Larry Schooler reports from member station WFDD in Asheboro, North Carolina.

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Sunburn Sheriff

Now and then the media cannot help but have some fun with a particular story. This week’s headlines about the sheriff who arrested a mother because of her children’s sunburn falls in that category. Behind the story, though, is a sheriff who doesn’t really care that the media did not ...

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