February 9, 2002

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Saturday, February 09, 2002


How the government is using CNN as evidence against John Walker Lindh, and Charlie Pierce labels the pundits.

Exhibit A: CNN

The U.S. Government is basing its case against California-resident-turned-Taliban-soldier John Walker Lindh in part on a report by CNN. Reporter Robert Pelton interviewed Lindh in Afghanistan and now that piece has been entered as part of the government's case. Host Brooke Gladstone talks with Pelton about how his news story ...


Digital Divide

One of the programs to get the ax under President Bush’s proposed budget is an initiative that introduced advanced technology into technology-poor neighborhoods to help close the “digital divide” of internet access. President Bush says the program worked and is no longer necessary, but some still see a gap. Host ...


Wolf in Pigskin

A few weeks back, “On the Media” reported on Wolf Blitzer’s generous follow-up question to John Ashcroft after he evaded a query about Enron. Producer-At-Large Mike Pesca has kept his eye on Blitzer, and notices a pattern in his interviews. This time, Condoleeza Rice gets the treatment.


Henry Kloss

Noted audio innovator Henry Kloss passed away Thursday. His stereo designs allowed speakers to shrink while sound quality expanded, and ushered in the era of the boom box. On the Media’s Jad Abumrad has an appreciation of the man who made sound portable.


Shameful Coverage of the Shameful?

Connecticut politician Stuart Denton killed himself a few days after being out-ed in a local paper as one of a group arrested for “loitering with indecent purposes” in a small-town porn shop. Since then, the Providence Journal has faced heavy criticism for running high-profile articles about a misdemeanor offense. Bob ...


Minority Casting

Critics’ continual complaints of a dearth of diversity on primetime television are prompting the networks to host showcases for minority actors and actresses. Will the talent shows produce some more jobs for non-white thespians, or will the sea of white on TV retain its pale glow? Trang Ho reports.


Luis Guzman

As a Puerto-Rican actor now starring in “The Count of Monte Cristo,” a movie version of the 19th Century work of classic European literature, Luis Guzman knows how to fight against typecasting. But Guzman has had to play his fair share of “Hispanic villain” parts to get to this point. ...


Two Jaspers

Shortly after the brutal, racially motivated murder of James Byrd in Jasper, Texas, a film crew came to town to document the lives of the residents. The filmmakers split the crews and those they interviewed along racial lines in order to capture the dueling perspectives in the small southern town. ...


Banning Chomsky

U.S. ally Turkey is not exactly known for being overly protective of the free of speech of its own citizens. But that nation’s newest anti-terror law has snagged noted U.S. linguist and rarely uncontroversial political commentator Noam Chomsky, whose statements in an essay led to the arrest of his Turkish ...


Media Bias

“The media are liberal!” is a criticism heard often enough, but rarely from someone within the media. That’s why, after writing a book about the media's leftward leanings, former CBS reporter Bernard Goldberg can’t escape the distinguished title “whistleblower.” Is he right? Brooke talks to Goldberg about media bias.


Labeling the Pundits

One major complaint of Bernard Goldberg is that the media label conservative sources as conservative more than they label liberal sources as liberal. Esquire’s Charlie Peirce offers these ideological labels of TV roundtable regulars as a remedy to clear up all the confusion.


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