April 21, 2001

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Saturday, April 21, 2001

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Jets, lies and video tape as OTM asks can we trust the State Department's version of events. Plus, nothingness.

Jets, Lies and Videotape

Days have passed in tense negotiation over the issue of American surveillance flights and the return of the U.S. “spy plane”, but this week the real war was waged on video. Brooke takes a look at questions left unanswered by the videos and unasked by the press.

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Russian TV

After Russian media mogul Vladimir Gusinsky defaulted on a loan, Russia’s only independent television network, NTV, was taken over by a gas company. Host Bob Garfield talks to Michael Wines of the New York Times Moscow bureau about the curious state of Russian journalism.

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McVeigh and the Media

As soon as the execution date of Oklahoma bomber Timothy McVeigh was announced, the media circus pitched its tents in the Indiana town of Terre Haute. Anticipating heavy coverage, Attorney General John Ashcroft has limited press access to McVeigh, and the press has protested. Host Brooke Gladstone talks to Barbara ...

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Word Watch

In the latest installment of OTM’s ongoing series, On The Media’s David Serchuk investigates the “evil” origins of the extra emphasis on the word “billion.”

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Av Westin

Veteran TV producer Av Westin talked to over 100 TV executives, reporters and producers as a part of research he was doing for a handbook for television journalists. He was dismayed by what he discovered about the issue of race in TV news. Westin joined Bob to share his findings.

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Responding to Westin

OTM asked the TV networks to respond to Av Westin’s allegations. CBS declined, but news executives at ABC and NBC agreed to talk.

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Don Hewitt

Don Hewitt created the first and, arguably, the best TV news magazine and after 33 years he’s still at it. Hewitt’s newly released memoir is called “Tell Me a Story.” Hewitt talks to Brooke about life, news and 60 Minutes.

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Bat Boy

Since he was “discovered” by the super market tabloid “The Weekly World News” in a cave back in 1992, Bat Boy has gone on to bigger and better things. On The Media’s Alicia Zuckerman has the story of Bat Boy’s success on the New York stage.

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Nihilism in Pop Culture

That which has the least meaning may be the most successful in the world of pop culture, or so says author Thomas Hibbs in his book “Shows About Nothing.” Brooke talks to Hibbs about nihilism, Seinfeld and cultural cache of meaninglessness.

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