August 21, 2009

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Fact-checking health care ads; Iraq's media crackdown; find a reporter, win $5000.

Sight Unseen

With Congress in recess, much of the fight over health care reform has migrated to the airwaves as millions of dollars of advertisements are rolled out, primarily by critics. But how accurate are these ads? Brooks Jackson, director of, says not very. He explains what misinformation looks ...

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In Sickness and In Health

In discussing national health care plans, reporters, politicians and especially critics have been fond of invoking the failed Clinton plan of '93 & '94. Paul Starr, Princeton professor and author of The Social Transformation of American Medicine, says the history of national health care and its discontents is ...

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Color Me Offended

After Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck called President Obama a racist , the online liberal group got 20 or so of Beck's advertisers to remove their ads from his show. But Fox is still getting their ad dollars. Plus, why not just ...

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Iraq's New Censor

Last week, Iraqi journalists, publishers and press freedom advocates protested a new law which could impose censorship rules on the media. NPR's Deborah Amos was there. Amos explains the historical significance of censorship in Iraq and what the law says about the Iraqi prime minister.

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Find Evan Ratliff, Win $5000

While working on a piece about what it takes to disappear from your life in a digital age, Wired Magazine reporter Evan Ratliff and senior editor Nick Thompson decided to try it themselves. Ratliff has vanished. Thompson is looking for him. You can too. Who ...

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The Road to Non-Profit

News organizations are finding it increasingly difficult to turn a profit, thus making non-profit news an increasingly attractive solution. Jim Barnett has been studying and blogging about non-profit journalism for 5 years and he says new organizations are springing up left and

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Post-Newspaper Journalism?

What would happen if a major U.S. city was suddenly without a daily newspaper? It seems increasingly possible these days and so the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism set out to find an answer. They hired business analysts to create economic ...

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Don Hewitt

Don Hewitt, who founded "60 Minutes" and changed the trajectory of journalism in America, died this week at the age of 86. Brooke spoke with him in 2001 and so this week we replay that interview.

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