July 26, 2002

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Friday, July 26, 2002

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This week at On the Media: A look into the media's role in covering corporate scandals, the term "So-Called 20th Hijacker", and the latest in T.V. programming- for cats.

Corporate Scandal Catch-Up

If you think the spate of recent business scandals seemed to have no warnings, you may be right. Most media were notably remiss in critical coverage of dubious business practices before the government announced investigations. Were the media duped just like everyone else? On the Media Producer-at-Large Mike Pesca examines ...

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“So-Called 20th Hijacker”

Journalists can be a lazy bunch. This might be one explanation as to how the phrase “so-called 20th hijacker” became so ubiquitous to describe accused Sept. 11 co-conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui. Countless news organizations are using it - but is anyone else? Brooke asks USA Today's Toni Locy.

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Letters

Brooke and Bob read listener responses to previous shows.

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Professional Journalists, Personal Activists

A small Michigan newspaper placed its features editor on unpaid leave until she removed a campaign sign - her husband’s - from their lawn. Bob asks Bay City Times Editor Tony Dearing how far a news organization must go to maintain the appearance of objectivity.

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Columbia School of Journalism

Students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism have to wait a little longer to find out who is going to be their new dean. Brooke talks to University President Lee Bollinger, who is putting the appointment on hold in order to rethink the M.O. of J-schools.

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Newspaper Errors

About half of all newspaper articles contain at least one mistake. From minor misspellings to fundamental factual flaws, newspapers are beginning to take note that errors are one of the most common grievances of readers. OTM's John Solomon takes a look at what's being done to increase accuracy.

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Newspaper Rack Wars

There’s a new a competitor to the old standby newspaper rack, the boxy TK80. The company manufacturing this new streamlined model, the Impact, is hoping to find a home on your street corner. Will the industry switch over and will new designs curb the decline in rack sales? Brooke talks ...

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Media Hype: Abducted Kids

If last summer was the "summer of the shark," this could be the "summer of abductions." But like shark attacks, child abductions are incredibly rare, despite what incessant media coverage would have you believe. Bob talks to Louis Kilzer, investigative reporter for the Rocky Mountain News and co-writer of a ...

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Built-In Commercial Television

The new prime time variety show, “Live From Tomorrow,” goes beyond product placement. In lieu of commercials, sponsored goods will be featured throughout the show as an integral component of the script. Sound like an infomercial? Matti Leshem, executive vice president of Diplomatic, assures Brooke it’s not.

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Cat TV

Targeting specific demographics is commonplace in cable TV, so it is surprising that no one thought to seek out the four-legged community. OK, one reason might be that cats and dogs have no money, but that is not stopping the Meow Mix Company from offering felines a show to call ...

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