June 1, 2002

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Saturday, June 01, 2002


How overstatements easily gain acceptance in the media, the media's soft spot for the FBI, and a look at the portrayal of cops on TV and in the movies.

Jenin “Massacre”?

While journalists were kept away from the Israeli Army’s invasion of Jenin in April, the world could only sit and wonder what was happening there. Instead of wondering, though, some papers speculated, with stories of a Jenin “Massacre.” Now we know such headlines were overstated, at best. Host Bob Garfield ...


Oodles of Afghan Media

Afghan journalists are taking advantage of new press freedoms since the end of the Taliban rule, publishing scores of new magazines and newspapers, and producing radio and television programs. Bob talks to Indira Lakshmanan of the Boston Globe.



In recent years the FBI has faced increasing criticism over a series of high profile blunders. This week certainly did nothing to improve its image. But despite all the negative coverage, the media have always had a soft spot for the G-Men. Host Brooke Gladstone has the story.


Post Presumes Piazza’s Proclivities, Peeves Penman

When The New York Post printed a rumor that a unnamed - but thinly veiled - sports star in town might be gay, soon after Mets all-star Mike Piazza gave a press conference to deny it. The Post’s Wallace Matthews wrote a column criticizing his paper’s slapdash journalism, but that ...


The Inside-the-Beltway Election Dance

Presidential candidates rise and fall without most people knowing who they are. Take North Carolina Senator John Edwards: after a series of glowing articles and chipper talk show appearances, his climb may have been halted by a less-than-adequate Meet the Press interview. The National Journal’s Bill Powers reminds Brooke that ...


TiVo Sells Out

With the ability to skip ads, TiVo and ReplayTV have angered advertisers while pleasing couch potatoes. Apparently wanting to reverse these feelings, TiVo systems in England are automatically recording unsolicited programming that viewers can’t delete. Bob chats with Stereophile Magazine’s Michael Fremer.


Product Placement Steps Up

The best way to prevent digital TV-watchers from skipping commercials is to place them inside the shows they watch. Yes, product placement has become overwhelmingly commonplace on television shows today. But should we be worried? Brooke talks to Scott Donaton, editor of Advertising Age.


Dirty Cops Sound Off

Police officers depicted on television often come with standard issue halos, but cops in movies have a grittier, less-than-saintly edge to them. Good or bad, though, one staple of all police dramas is that cops have to break the rules sometimes in order for justice to be served. Brooke talks ...


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