April 16, 2010

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Friday, April 16, 2010

The President versus the media, NPR's woman problem, Brooke and Dave Eggers

Stop Covering All the History!

President Obama said this week's nuclear summit was an "unprecedented gathering to address an unprecedented threat." But before the gathering commenced, the media was asked to leave. The Washington Post's Dana Milbank says this week marked a new low for the Obama White House's relationship with the press.

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Don't Call It Kabuki

Ever notice that pundits like to label political posturing “Kabuki Theater.” Jon Lackman has and doesn’t like it. He explains.

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Suspicious Minds

In the immediate aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing 15 years ago, both media and law enforcement leaped to the conclusion that the attack must have come from Islamic terrorists. As a result, Oklahoma City’s Muslim population underwent a crisis. Why were they under suspicion? Had one of them done ...

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Killing By Numbers

Since the "shot heard round the world" rang out on April 19th, 1775, the date of April 19th and/or April 20th have been imbued with significance. From Hitler’s birth to the killings at Waco, Columbine and Oklahoma City, each event echoes or evokes the anniversary of the last. Bob and ...

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It's Raining Men ... on NPR

NPR ombudsman Alicia Shepard wrote recently that NPR "needs to try harder to find more female sources and commentators." She investigated NPR's stats and found them pretty lopsided. We wondered ... why so few women? So we asked blogger, professor and man Clay Shirky to posit ...

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Playing God

For the first time, the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting went to an online news outlet – the not-for-profit ProPublica.org – for its story about the decision doctors made to euthanize patients at Memorial Medical Center in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. ProPublica reporter Sheri Fink ...

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Panoramic View

Writer Dave Eggers’ publishing house, McSweeney’s, recently released a one-off newspaper called Panorama. The 328-page paper was meant as a celebration of the print form and a demonstration of why newspapers are still uniquely relevant in the digital era. Brooke interviewed Dave live onstage in Washington DC, and asked him ...

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