May 26, 2001

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Saturday, May 26, 2001


Jackass, Scandal in Gracie Manor, and "Vandal-Gate". A week of high-brow topics on On the Media.


These days the hottest media property among the teenaged male demographic is the MTV program Jackass. Some of the stunts the aforementioned jackasses do are funny, some dangerous. When kids start copycatting the daredevil pranks, Jackass bears the brunt of the critics scorn. But, as OTM’s Mike Pesca discovers, there’s ...


Bringing Good Things Life?

Having access to the media gives you power. Having access to power, gives you power, too. General Electric has access to both. G.E. is putting its hi-voltage public relations machine to work in a protracted battle with the Environmental Protection Agency. Reporter Brian Mann has the story.


New Editor at the New York Times

The old guard is out and the er…old guard is in? Joseph Lelyveld hits retirement age this year and has opted to hand over the reins of power a few months earlier than expected and Howell Raines, a 20-year veteran of the paper has been picked as his successor. Bob ...


The Mayor, The Mistress, His Wife, Her Lover

No, its not a new movie by Peter Greenaway; it’s the latest imbroglio to come out of Gracie Mansion. Brooke looks into the operatic shenanigans of the Giulianis that are just so New York.


Mayor as Myth

The Mayor may have spawned a national story with the latest twists in his domestic saga, but it's nothing new according to Jack Lule, author of “Daily News, Eternal Stories: the mythological role of journalism.” The names and details may be different he says, but the story has been told ...


Vandal Scandal

Wires cut, Air Force One trashed, W’s taken out of keyboards…the exiting Clinton staffers were blamed for all manner of vandalism to the White House. The New York Post dubbed it “Vandal-Gate.” As it turns out, it was all based on rumor. Investigative journalism? There was none of it says ...


Q & A

At a time when publications are trying so hard to differentiate themselves in the media marketplace, it is difficult to pick up a magazine or newspaper these days without seeing some sort of brief question and answer format. John Solomon looks into the craze.


"The Columnist"

The nation’s capital is full of highly skilled, diligent journalists. But we are not going to talk about them. Instead we turn our attention to the pompous columnists who stud various Washington bureaus, and the "Sabbath gasbags," as Calvin Trilling calls them, who ornament the Sunday Morning chat shows. Specifically, ...


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