April 20, 2002

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Saturday, April 20, 2002


The repercussions for the media of an attempted coup in Venezuela, implications of a plot within the Bush administration, and how new pop songs are being tested- that's this week on On the Media.


The American press was quick to celebrate the apparent ousting of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez last weekend as a victory for democracy… until Chavez regained power. Oops. Now editorials have realized their folly, calling the unsuccessful coup no way to achieve democracy. Brooke talks to FAIR media analyst Rachel Coen. ...



Brooke and Bob read viewer responses to last week’s show.


“Democrat Implies Sept. 11 Plot”

A liberal congresswoman says some things on a radio show that imply the Bush administration could’ve prevented Sept. 11. Washington Post reporter Juliet Eilperin writes about the provocative statement, knowing the ire it may fuel on both sides of the political spectrum. It’s a common concern when covering Capitol Hill. ...


Short Sell Gets Short Shrift

Financial TV news thrives when the stock market thrives, so there’s little wonder that analysts rarely tell their viewers to sell off their portfolio. But why is there almost no mention of the “short sell,” betting that a stock will go down? OTM’s Producer-At-Large Mike Pesca thinks he has the ...


Data Quality Act

Scientific data and governmental policy go hand in hand. Whether it's arsenic, global warming or nuclear weapons, most policies can hang their hats on at least some evidence. Now a little-known bill is requiring that the government ensures its data meet certain standards before being shared with the public. Brooke ...


NPR’s Culture Clash

National Public Radio is rejiggering its approach to cultural programming. The added focus on pop culture and applying bona fide news standards to high culture has some listeners fearing a dumbing-down at the low end of the dial. Others just want to know what’s happening to their classical or jazz ...


Music Testing

A pop song’s got to have a hook if it expects to get some serious radio play. So stations are now researching these hooks by having listeners rate 10-second samples of potential hits. Are the listeners being served when statistics, not disc jockeys, choose what's played and when?


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