March 23, 2002

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Saturday, March 23, 2002


A look at the catholic press- and how it covers the church it works for- as well analysis of sports clichés.

Catholic Press

As the Catholic Church is trying to deal with the recent sexual abuse scandal, so, too, is the Catholic Press. Because these entities are one and the same - most publications are published by local diocese - the question is ‘How do you cover the Church you work for?’ Bob ...


Saudi Press

Bob checks in again with UPI Chief International Correspondent and ravenous foreign press reader Martin Walker. This week, he’s noticed a big change in Saudi Arabia’s newspapers.


Silvio Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi owned several TV stations before he took office last year. As Italy’s Prime Minister, he now controls the country’s public TV networks too. Almost no Italian broadcast airs outside his media monopoly. Do Italy’s citizens care? Megan Williams reports.


Off The Record Leaks

Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill committed a political sin by criticizing President Bush in front of several reporters. O’Neill probably thought his comments wouldn’t be reported though, because he spoke at a Council of Foreign Relations dinner under the assurance that his speech was “not for attribution.” The story broke anyway. ...



Reporters have a rule of three: if they can come up with three examples of similar occurrences, they can convince themselves that they’ve discovered a full-blown trend. Spotting and detailing trends is a cottage industry within the media, which means many of those latest crazes are based less in reality ...


Worst Manual Contest

While many instruction manual writers pen lively prose worthy of guiding even the most erudite in how to set a VCR, others seem content to leave their reading public as confused as possible. Thus the “Worst Manual Contest” began - to showcase these duds. Brooke chats with the contest’s sponsor, ...


Sports Clichés

When you’re listening to a coach being interviewed after a game and think you’ve heard it all before, chances are… you have. Wake Forest professor and sports-quote scholar John Llewellyn has analyzed the boilerplates and clichés prolific among pro sports coaches. OTM sees if Llewellyn is “up to the challenge” ...


Miranda Journalism

“All journalism is a lie.” Perhaps an exaggeration, but the journalistic practice of pretending to have the interview subject’s interests in mind - when the story is really the only thing that matters - is as common as it is disingenuous. Bob ponders how candid reporters ought to be.


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