October 13, 2001

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Saturday, October 13, 2001

This week OTM takes a look at the one network with access to not only Kabul, but Al Qaeda. Also: a tale of three networks, and the many faces of Islam.

Al Jazeera

If Afghanistan under the Taliban presents a formidable military challenge, the journalistic one is just as daunting. Western journalists are forbidden entry to the country, and -- as we have seen with arrests of British and French reporters -- subject to arrest and harsh Taliban justice. One news organization, however, ...

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Headlines

The war is reaching the media in more ways than one. On Friday, an NBC News staffer was diagnosed with anthrax exposure, this on the heels of the death of a tabloid employee in Florida. Bob and Brooke ask if the first casualty in this war will be press freedom.

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The Making of a Media Image…for Terrorists

In Thursday’s press conference, the President mentioned OBL when asked directly, but avoided the name when he could. Because Osama Bin Laden, having earlier been made the focal point of the nation’s rage and pain, has clearly benefited from the exposure. And it’s no accident, according to Brigitte Nacos, Columbia ...

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Paris Match Journo Behind the Lines

No sooner had feisty British tabloid reporter Yvonne Ridley been released and deported by the Taliban last week than another Western journalist was arrested. Michel Peyrard writes for Paris Match. The newseditor of that paper talks to Bob about negotiating with the Taliban for Peyrard’s release.

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A Tale of Three Networks: CNN...

Bad news is good news, for all-news cable channels, especially for Atlanta-based CNN. On September 11th viewers were glued to CNN. It had 7.7 million viewers that day compared to Fox’s 4.4 million. Melinda Penkava reports on CNN’s big turnaround.

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…and The Fox Family Channel

On September 13th the 700 Club played host to Jerry Falwell, who pointed his finger at pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays, and lesbians, and the ACLU, saying they’ve angered God and helped the terrorist attacks to happen. That statement, and Pat Robertson's agreement were universally denounced in the mainstream media. But ...

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The Media Diet of Mohammed Atta

On this program we sometimes present what we call the “media diet” of a particular individual, a neurosurgeon in San Francisco say, or a teenager in the South Bronx. This time we turn to the hypothetical media diet of suicide bomber, Mohammed Atta. New Yorker writer Jeffrey Goldberg just returned ...

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Psy-Ops

In his press conference on Thursday, President Bush talked about getting his message out to the people of Afghanistan and the world. One way the President will make his case is through radio signals emanating from planes making slow figure 8's high above Afghanistan. It's part of the psychological operation, ...

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Religion of Love?

If we’ve learned anything from the nation’s leading newspapers, it’s that Islam is not what Osama Bin Laden says it is. The message for Americans is that Islam is a religion of love, and yet close readers are bound to get another message, that many Muslims in the Middle East ...

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Best Sellers in War Time

Books that once languished in obscurity are now soaring up the best seller lists, as ordinary Americans try to make sense of recent events. As On the Media’s Rick Davis reports, the scramble for answers extends far beyond “Nostradamus.”

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