May 29, 2009

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Friday, May 29, 2009

A look at Seattle now that it's a one-paper town and the support and attack machines working for and against Sonia Sotomayor. Plus, are bunk credit reports protected by the First Amendment?

Court and Spark

With the choice of Federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the US Supreme Court this week the machinery of advocacy groups, pro and con, was sparked into action. Defying and supporting a supreme court nominee has become a veritable cottage industry for these groups and for the next six weeks we’ll ...

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Tip Calculator

In a recently published memoir, a New York Times Washington-Bureau editor makes a shocking revelation: the Times had a scoop about the Watergate story months before Woodward and Bernstein. Amazingly, and mysteriously, the Times never followed up on the tip. Robert M. Smith, the Times reporter who received ...

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Grade Inflation

Some argue that a key factor in the economic meltdown was credit rating agencies giving high ratings to worthless bonds. In lawsuits, the agencies often use the First Amendment as a defense. S&P's legal council Floyd Abrams explains this reasoning while securities lawyer David Grais ...

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Peer Pressure

In a lawsuit last month against drug manufacturer Merck, the plaintiff introduced a 'peer reviewed journal' strongly supportive of Merck drugs. The ‘journal’, it turned out, was paid for by Merck and its peer-review status was a fraud. Since then, six other journals have been revealed – all falsely identified ...

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The Inheritance Of Loss

It seems like every week a city in America loses its newspaper. We decided to focus on one, Seattle, to find out what happens afterwards. In March, the 146-year-old Seattle Post-Intelligencer shuttered its print edition. We talk to alt-weekly staffers, neighborhood bloggers,

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Living in the Future

A local TV news segment from 1981 resurfaced on YouTube recently. It examines a promising new prospect: getting newspaper content through the home computer. Bob reflects on how this quarter-century-old news spot was eerily prescient.

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