July 10, 2009

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Show Summary: MJ mania, Wiki collusion and Khrushchev's wild ride around America

A King's Farewell

For the past two weeks, coverage of Michael Jackson's death has dominated the news, arguably at the expense of more pressing stories. Bob takes a look at how the media have handled the superstar's passing.

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Look Who’s Coming to Dinner

A collective ethical gasp was heard when Politico reported the Washington Post’s intention to hold sponsored salons, during which lobbyists could hobnob with administration officials and Post employees for a price. Washington Post staff writer Paul Farhi, who has been reporting the story, ...

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The Silent Treatment

Last month, New York Times reporter David Rohde escaped from the Taliban, which held him hostage for seven months. The Times was able to keep the news of his kidnapping out of traditional media, but it appeared on Rohde’s Wikipedia page almost immediately. So the Times asked ...

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Do Unto Others

In 2004, Micah Garen was filming a documentary in Iraq when he was kidnapped by a Shi’ite terrorist group. The kidnappers released videos of Garen, threatening to kill him within 48 hours if the U.S. did not meet their demands. Garen talks about what it’s like when the press does ...

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Time and Space

Forty years ago the U.S. put a man (well, two actually) on the moon. The landing capped a decade of NASA trial-and-error, Cold War jockeying with the Soviets and negotiating an uneasy relationship with the press. Harlen Makemson, author of "Media, NASA and America’s Quest for the Moon" ...

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Heart of Stone

Was I.F. Stone a Soviet agent who passed secrets? Or a justly celebrated icon of American muckraking from the left? Jackson Lears, a professor of history at Rutgers University who discussed some newly published claims in the New York Times Book Review recently, says Stone is the victim ...

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Mr. Khrushchev Goes to Washington

In 1959, with the Cold War in full throttle and MAD the doctrine of the day, Nikita Khrushchev crisscrossed America in a whirlwind circus of a tour, from Harlem to Hollywood. Peter Carlson, author of “K Blows Top,” sifted through the newspapers of the day to piece together ...


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