January 1, 2010

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Friday, January 01, 2010

The year's most flagrant (and entertaining) newspaper mistakes; the Washington press corps' 19-year-old copy editor; the art of the ambush interview

Moments of Regret

When the media makes a mistake, Craig Silverman takes note. He’s the creator of the website Regret the Error, and he joins us again with his annual round-up of the year in corrections, errors, apologies and more. Silverman says 2009 was the year of fact checking, but ...

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Who is Daniel Lippman?

Countless reporters in D.C. are accustomed to seeing Daniel Lippman's name in their in-boxes. The Associated Press's Ron Fournier says Lippman's emails are filled with helpful and polite corrections. And Lippman, who is 19 years old, explains why he's become a rogue copy editor.

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Ambushing the Ambushers

In recent years, "The O'Reilly Factor" has adopted an old tradition from "60 Minutes"-era TV journalism: the ambush interview. In this piece we originally aired in June, we spoke with Gawker's investigations editor John Cook who says Bill O'Reilly uses the ambush to settle personal scores. Plus, OTM producer PJ ...

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The Art of the Ambush

Legendary producer Lowell Bergman worked for "60 Minutes" for nearly 15 years. He describes the ambush interview's surprising origins and thorny legal history. In this interview, originally broadcast in June, he also explains why reporter Mike Wallace eventually stopped using the technique.

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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. Back in May, we asked our producer Mike Vuolo to find out what is so compelling about the ...

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