June 16, 2001

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Saturday, June 16, 2001


President Bush crosses the Atlantic, and how Motley Crue is defying the formula for the rise and fall of a rock band. That and more, this week on On the Media.


Last year, more than 16 million viewers tuned into ABC to watch Peter Jenning's "Reporting: The Search for Jesus." Jennings and his network have long claimed that audiences like these emphasize the importance of religion in its reporting and specials. But in ABC's latest round of money saving moves, network ...


Bush Goes to Europe

When President Bush arrived in Spain this week, the European media was waiting for him. The “Toxic Texan” made headlines across Europe as he traveled from palaces to press conferences, talking missile defense and environmental policy. Host Brooke Gladstone asks Martin Walker, Chief International Correspondent for United Press International, how ...


Media Witnesses to an Execution

10 media representatives were among the eyewitnesses to the execution of Timothy McVeigh in Terre Haute, Indiana. Reporter Karin Grunden of the Terre Haute Tribune Star and Byron Pitts of CBS News share their impressions of the execution with Host Bob Garfield.


Television City

Las Vegas, considered both an American cultural wasteland and cultural crossroad, is now home to new cultural marker, Television City, a state-of-the-art TV research facility. On the Media’s Producer-at-Large Mike Pesca reports.



In the last six months of the NBA season, bad boy ballplayer Allen Iverson has gone from basketball’s troublemaker to most valuable player. Sportscasters across the country have told the tale of Iverson’s transformation. Bob takes a look at Iverson’s media makeover.



Sony Pictures recently suspended the two employees the company says created a bogus movie critic to supply glowing blurbs. But the company is not off the hook. Two movie goers say that the reviews of Sony’s fictional critic, David Manning, moved him to buy tickets, and now they are taking ...



Back in 1970 an English farmer decided it would be nice to invite some hippies round to listen to some free music in his fields. By the year 2000 over 100,000 people were camping out to listen to bands like Macy Gray, Oasis and Elvis Costello. This year though, technology ...


Motley Crue

VH-1’s “Behind the Music” perfected and popularized the classic tale of the rise and fall of the rock-star. But what happens when the band defies the formula? Brooke talks to New York Times pop music writer Neil Strauss who, along with members of the heavy metal band Motley Crue, wrote ...


HBO: TV’s Darkside

Critic Tad Friend wrote a piece for the New Yorker about HBO's new series, "Six Feet Under." He underlined the trend in that subscription-only network to veer toward the dark side. While the networks have to pander to advertisers who want their products paired with happy, sunny, appealing programming - ...


CBS Reacts

Under ratings pressure from HBO, CBS creates a new series that taps into the dark side. It’s not TV, it’s On The Media, just fooling around.


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