June 21, 2002

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Friday, June 21, 2002


Four reporters fined for talking to a jury after a case was closed, and a look at the history of advertising Cracker Jack. That's this week on On the Media.

Reporters Guilty of Reporting?

Four Philadelphia Inquirer reporters were fined $1,000 on Thursday for violating a judge’s order not to speak to jurors… after the case was over. It doesn’t matter that the state of New Jersey found the judge’s decree unconstitutional - the journalists are still guilty of contempt. Host Bob Garfield talks ...


North Korea Poaches World Cup

With South Korea co-hosting the World Cup, it’s soccer fever in the lower half of the once-united peninsula. As for North Korea, the isolated communist nation is stealing broadcasts of the games to show its citizens. But they don’t know South Korea is host; officials from the North don’t want ...


Totalitarian Sports Network

With North Korea’s penchant for filched football broadcasts, it’s only a matter of time before sports infiltrates the state-controlled airwaves. OTM provides this promotional spot for an all-sports network on North Korean TV.


Journalists Love Cops

The Chicago Sun-Times found itself defending its decision to help solve a crime this week. Journalists and media ethicists criticized the paper for giving the cops a video allegedly showing R. Kelly having sex with a minor. What’s journalistically wrong about handing over evidence? Bob asks John Cruickshank, Vice-President of ...


FBI vs. Reporter

San Francisco Chronicle reporter Seth Rosenfeld hadn’t written many articles this year until June 9th, when an eight-page section appeared in the paper entirely under his byline. He had just finished reading 200,000 pages of documents that took 17 years of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to wrestle from the ...


Rolodex Journalism

Journalists are only as good as their sources, which is why their potency is often measured by the size of their rolodexes. Why is it then, that so few experts are called upon again and again for quotes in scores of newspaper articles and TV news appearances? Maybe it has ...


Scott Shuger

OTM regular Scott Shuger died last weekend in a scuba diving accident near his home in Los Angeles. Scott wrote the Today’s Papers column for Slate.com, and was one of our most frequent guests. Mike remembers.


Lou Dobbs on Andersen

Lou Dobbs’ coverage of the Arthur Andersen trial on CNN’s Moneyline got a lot of attention in the press. Dobbs’ strong pro-Arthur-Andersen commentaries at the end of each show led some to question his credibility as an impartial news anchor. Mike talks to Dobbs about his news style and the ...


Film Festivals

There are 500 to 1500 film festivals worldwide. Some festivals turn small towns into film distribution factories, while others are salutes to specific genres, like silent flicks, while still others bring the blockbusters of Hollywood to isolated parts of the world. Bob talks with Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan, ...



Since 1912, when they decided to insert a toy in every box, the makers of Crackerjack haven’t done much to promote their product. But the caramel-coated popcorn and peanut snack survived for more than a century, anyway, perhaps because of one fateful reference -- in the song “Take Me Out ...


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