December 22, 2001

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Saturday, December 22, 2001


Accusations of a pro-Palestinian bias at NPR, the repercussions of a horrific photograph, and how Afghanistan's interim government is trying to boost its public image.

NPR’s Middle East Coverage

Media coverage of the Middle East conflict almost always draws charges of bias from all sides. NPR felt the pressure a few months ago, when a significant donor stopped funding Boston public radio station WBUR because it perceived an anti-Israel bias. On the Media’s Philip Martin reports on the reaction ...


Voice of Palestine

The Israeli military destroyed the Voice of Palestine radio station this month, generating concern among journalists. Host Brooke Gladstone talks with Marc Regev, spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC, and Joel Simon, program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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Images of Mohammed al-Durrah

A Palestinian cameraman videotapes a 12-year-old getting shot to death while his father tries to protect him. He sends it to his Jewish editor, who publishes it. A year later, the footage can be found on TV promos, t-shirts, and billboards. Deborah Campbell reports on the repercussions of an image ...



Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has imposed drastic restrictions on the press in a bid to deflect blame away from himself during ever-worsening conditions in the country. Host Bob Garfield talks to Andrew Meldrum, the Zimbabwe correspondent for the Guardian newspaper and the Economist magazine.


The Spirit of America

A new three-minute montage approved by the Bush administration mixes quick clips from classic American movies together in a tribute to patriotism. Some of the images come from such films as “Born on the Fourth of July” and “The Deer Hunter” - not the usual patriotic fare. Bob talks to ...


America in Egypt

In Egypt, much of the images of America come from the country’s film industry, which has its own spin on Hollywood (remaking such classics as "Double Indemnity," "Pretty Woman" and "Midnight Cowboy"). How does Egyptian pop culture portray America? Bob asks Walter Armbrust, professor of Modern Middle Eastern studies at ...


Terrorist Actor

Egyptian actor Sayed Badreya couldn’t get a gig when he first moved to Hollywood… that is, until he grew a beard to look more menacing. Then he got offered role after role as an Arab terrorist. Brooke talks with Badreya about the bad guys he plays.


Afghan Public Relations

The interim government of Afghanistan has hired publicist Thomas Lauria, best known for his work with the Tobacco Institute, to give a facelift to the country’s new administration. OTM senses a touch of his previous client’s p.r. style in his current work, as evident in this (fake) ad for the ...


The Queen

It’s an English holiday tradition: the Queen’s annual speech of good will toward men broadcast on TV and radio every Christmas afternoon. The Brits, however, may be tiring of it, since viewership has plummeted in the past decade. OTM’s Gareth Mitchell reports from London.


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