July 12, 2002

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Friday, July 12, 2002


An Israeli government run T.V. station-in Arabic, a history of war corespondents, and a look at the media diet of a teenager in the Bronx. That's this week on On the Media.

Bush Media Management

With the not-so-subliminal message of "corporate responsibility" dizzily repeated on the backdrop behind President Bush, public perception is clearly the name of the game. The Bush team would like more than anything to avoid the media's filter, but have they done enough to win over the public? Host Mike Pesca ...


Israeli Arabic TV

The government of Israel just launched a satellite television channel broadcasting in Arabic. Officials hope the station will counter the dozens of other Arabic-language stations that they believe present the news with an anti-Israeli perspective. Host Brooke Gladstone talks to Mideast media scholar Adel Iskander, co-author of Al-Jazeera.



Brooke and Mike read listener responses to last week’s show.


Journalists and the World Court

Former Washington Post reporter Jonathan Randal has been subpoenaed at a war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Despite Randal’s protests, the court is refusing to grant any journalist a privilege against testifying during trials that do not involve unpublished information or off the record sources. Mike talks to former war ...


Cable Beats Broadcast

For the first time in the history of the battle between cable and the broadcast networks, cable, collectively, had more primetime viewers last month than did the over-the-air channels. What does this bode for the future? Brooke finds out from TV Guide columnist Max Robins.


Media Diet of a Bronx Teen

Teenagers are big consumers, and media is just another part of many teens’ daily diet. On The Media asks sixteen-year-old Janesse Nieves of the South Bronx to disgorge the contents of her daily media intake.


O’Reilly Out-Smarts King

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly never shies away from talking about his rivals. Mike takes the top-rated talker to task for chiding his competition’s excessive Elizabeth Smart coverage… moments before engaging in the same chicanery.


The War Correspondent

Phillip Knightley’s new book The First Casualty: The War Correspondent as Hero and Myth-Maker from the Crimea to Kosovo runs through 150 years of journalists in war zones. To Knightley, truth is often just as much a casualty as a slain soldier is during wartime. Brooke talks with him about ...


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