January 19, 2002

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Saturday, January 19, 2002


Can the political media give the Enron situation the type of coverage it deserves? That plus the future of Spanish-language television and teens teaching other teens sex-ed. That's this week on On the Media.

Enron: Scandal or Fiasco?

As congress probes Enron’s ties to elected officials, the task of covering the company’s bankruptcy has shifted from the business to the political press. And along with this journalist line-up change comes the word “scandal.” But is Enron’s collapse proof of a scandal, or do the Washington press corps only ...


Choking the Pretzel

President Bush’s recent bout with a salted knot of bread proves one thing: when it comes to distracting the press, all politicians need do is embarrass themselves. And commentator Kevin Guilfoile says when desperate times call for desperate diversions, serving up food-related humiliation works best.


FTC Bows Out

The Federal Trade Commission is handing over its duty of keeping media mergers in check to the U.S. Justice Department in what some fear is a win for media giants looking for more concentration. Host Bob Garfield chats with one of the fearful, Center for Digital Democracy Executive Director Jeff ...



The Spanish-language TV station Univision has been one of the few expanding outfits during the latest saga of cutbacks and layoffs in the American media. This week it even unveiled an offshoot network with a special emphasis on American (and English-language) culture to target bilingual youths. OTM’s Raquel Maria Dillon ...


Crying Over Milk

The newest ad in the “Got Milk?” campaign has an unlikely spokeswoman: the ghost of a weeping woman who killed her kids and herself. Hispanic kids may get the reference to the legend of La Llorona, but others are scratching their head. Brooke talks with David Delgado, one of the ...


World Press

Bob checks in again with UPI Chief International Correspondent Martin Walker. This week, Martin scans the world’s papers to see their take on America’s air of dominance. As it turns out, some like it, some don’t.



Photographers weren’t allowed to film hundreds of captured Taliban fighters arriving at U.S. base Guantanamo Bay because of a rule established by the Geneva convention protecting prisoners-of-war against “ insults and public curiosity.” But Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the detainees are not POWs, sparking a debate in the international ...



Brooke and Bob read listeners’ responses to previous shows. This week, more on NPR’s coverage of the Middle East, the record scratch, and Bob’s drollness.


Project Greenlight

Reality TV has taught us that soap-operatic drama isn’t confined to the overly-tanned, well-lit sets of daytime television. In fact, the stories behind the cameras are often juicier: take the HBO documentary Project Greenlight, which details the making of a Hollywood movie. The series is lacking in eye-patched villains and ...


Teen Sex Film

Despite what this title may suggest, OTM is doing a story about an educational film on teens talking about sex. The movie “From an Objective Point of View” is the brainchild of a high school student who won a contest sponsored by a sex-ed non-profit. The flick is just one ...


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