December 4, 2009

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Friday, December 04, 2009

Show Summary: presidential speeches not so influential

Speech! Speech!

President Obama made the case for his Afghanistan plan this week and talking heads were quick to gauge whether the speech was a success. But according to research by political scientist George Edwards III, it doesn't matter. Presidential speeches, he says, rarely, if ever, change minds.

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Mea Perplexa

As the “War Stories” columnist for Slate, it is Fred Kaplan’s job to have strong opinions about the tough military issues of our day. But last week, Kaplan (who happens to be Brooke’s husband) admitted to readers that when it comes to Afghanistan … well, he’s just not ...

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Talk is Cheap

Another week, another conference on how to save the journalism industry. But what do they accomplish? Former newspaper editor and blogger Alan Mutter has been to more than a few. He says they're full of aspiration and opinion but short on the business data that'll help ...

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On the Take

In the copy-and-paste world of the internet, stealing is a simple mouse click away and newspaper articles are easy pickins. A group called the Fair Syndication Consortium has, for the first time, identified just how widespread the problem is. Editor & Publisher’s Mark Fitzgerald explains.

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Mike Penner: 1957-2009

For more than 25 years Mike Penner was a sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times, employing a signature deft style. In 2007 Penner used his column to announce that he would be returning from a brief break with a new byline and a new identity, as Christine Daniels - perhaps ...

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Kisha Clubs

The newly elected government in Japan has made early but unsuccessful attempts to reform the unique, often troubling press club system. There are thousands of press clubs in Japan - known there as Kisha Clubs - attached to everything from government agencies to corporations. Many argue ...

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