May 22, 2009

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Cheney's makeover, the Pentagon's charm offensive and the pitchman's day in the sun.

Speaking of Terror

This week former Vice President Dick Cheney and President Barack Obama went head to head, toe to toe, and back to back. It was the ultimate battle, at least in the coverage. PEJ's Mark Jurkowitz explains why the media love a showdown like this one.

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Delete All

This week a federal court ruled against Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington in a case involving lost White House emails. CREW's Chief Counsel Anne Weismann says that while the case involved emails from the Bush Administration, the Obama Administration has yet to live up ...

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Droning On

Civilian casualties have always been a PR problem for American military and intelligence forces, but outrage in Pakistan and Afghanistan from recent death tolls threatens to further destabilize the region. Amid criticism of air strikes, reporters are getting unprecedented access to one of the more controversial weapons in ...

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Rewrite

This month saw the launch of a multimillion dollar ad campaign meant to sink President Obama’s as yet unannounced health care plan. James Fallows covered the first round in the fight over health care in 1994. He says the 1994 plan failed in large part because of a ...

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59 Minutes

Three weeks before a "60 Minutes" report on oil giant Chevron aired, one with a similar look and feel popped up on YouTube - this one by former journalist Gene Randall who was hired by Chevron to tell its side of the story. Randall ...

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Pitch Perfect

It seems the lowly infomercial is finally enjoying its moment in the sun. So far this year it has garnered a book, a reality show and even a television documentary by CNBC. We asked our producer Mike Vuolo to find out what is so ...

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