April 27, 2002

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Saturday, April 27, 2002

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Silvio Berlusconi's reactions to criticism of Italian state-run TV, a journalist takes justice into her own hands, and Mr. Elmo goes to Washington.

All-Berlusconi TV

Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi recently lashed out at some of his critics for having the gall to air their dissent on state-run TV. Not that there’s many other places on Italian TV for them to go present their opposing view: Berlusconi controls all 3 public stations, and owns 3 ...

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A Journalist’s Revenge

Journalist Laura Blumenfeld wrote a book about seeking revenge for her father, an American Rabbi shot by a Palestinian in Jerusalem. She visited the gunman’s family under the guise of a reporter, not mentioning her personal connection to the situation. Did Blumenfeld misuse her status as a journalist? Brooke explores.

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Mike’s Pockets

In our ongoing series of media tidbits from OTM Producer-At-Large Mike Pesca, Mike and Brooke take on celebrities plugging prescription drugs on talk shows, and puppets testifying before Congress. If it sounds odd, that’s because it is.

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CBC Strike

There’s a lot of boring broadcasts out there, but have you ever watched an ice hockey game on TV - without any announcers? The CBC’s French-language division, Radio-Canada, has resorted to airing such pared-down programming while it negotiates a labor dispute with its employees. Bob talks - in English - ...

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Critics Nit-pick, Get Papers

There’s a battle brewing over upstart newspapers in big cities. In this corner…er, coast: The New York Sun, overseen by Ira Stoll, whose website SmarterTimes.com is dedicated to picking apart every New York Times issue. And on that coast: Richard Riordan’s The Dick, getting help from Matt Welch, whose LAExaminer.com ...

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First Draft of History (Revised)

Journalists know not to change quotes from the president, but the White House transcriptionist is not as limited. The Bush Administration is producing cleaned-up transcripts of the president’s speeches, minus all those verbal slip-ups and malapropisms we’ve come to love. Everything looks better on presidential paper, as Brooke learns from ...

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The Magical Alan Greenspan

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan may not get compared to a Magic Eight Ball often, but journalists sure treat him like one. As Bob discovered, it seems there's hardly a question about the economy for which - in the media at least - Alan Greenspan isn't the answer!

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Star Wars Myth is…Well, a Myth

George Lucas’ epic saga of light sabers, death stars and ewoks is the popularized restoration of a timeless arc of storytelling: the myth. Actually, Star Wars has less to do with Lucas’ intense interest in comparative mythology than in the science fiction he read growing up. So argues Salon.com writer ...

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