September 8, 2001

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Saturday, September 08, 2001


Why does the media tend to ignore the competence of public officials? And why has the term schizophrenic become so popular? That and more this week on On the Media.

Gentleman’s Agreement

In a recent dust-up on Capitol Hill, Senator Ernest Hollings said of the aging Strom Thurmond that he was “not mentally keen.” Such blunt assessments of brainpower in Congress are very rare. The Washington press corps, usually game when it comes to reporting on the alcohol, sexual or financial problems ...


International Conference on Racism

When the American and Israeli delegations walked out on the United Nations sponsored conference on racism, the reaction from the US media was unanimous: the declaration linking Zionism with racism and genocide was over the top. But what of the international press? Bob talks to the UPI’s international correspondent, Martin ...


Grammar News

TV newsman Dave Minshall sued and won when he claimed he was fired, illegally, because of his age. Denver-based KMGH Channel 7 plans to appeal, sticking to its story that the award-winning reporter was canned because his scripts were ungrammatical. OTM offers up this promo, free of charge, in honor ...


Attica Remembered

Thirty years ago at the Attica correctional facility in upstate New York, a riot took place that resulted in the deaths of 39 men. During the uprising the inmates, whose demands included the freedom to worship and communicate with the outside world, called in observers and members of the press ...


Trauma and Journalism

Journalists often have to deal with situations that are disturbing or life-threatening, and those experiences sometimes lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Bob talks to Roger Simpson, Director of the Dart Center for journalists and trauma.


The Crime Beat

Mark Stamey is a reporter who daily pounds the death and destruction beat for the New York Post. Brooke followed him on his rounds last Fall. Almost a year later she checked in with the embattled journo only to find out that the unrelenting murder and mayhem of his beat ...


Word Watch: Schizo

For the latest installment of our word watch series we examine the use of “Schizophrenic,” after we noticed that it had appeared over a hundred times in various newspapers and magazines this past week alone. Racquel Dillon reports.


XM Radio

The new technology called “satellite radio” finally comes to market this week, after a decade in development. One company called XM Satellite Radio is beaming 100 channels of programming to cars and homes across the nation. From Washington, Neal Carruth reports.


MTV Music Awards

Years ago the making of music videos was a million-dollar industry. But as James Surowiecki explains, with MTV opting for more traditional programming, videos are becoming less important. Apparently though, no one thought to tell that to the recording artists: spending a pot-load of their advance on the best director ...


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