September 3, 2010

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Friday, September 03, 2010

Mideast peace talks, counting crowds and the Great Moon Hoax

Exit Operation Iraqi Freedom

After seven years, a trillion dollars, tens of thousands of civilian deaths, nearly 35,000 US injured and 4,500 US dead, President Obama announced this week that the combat mission in Iraq is over. Historian Douglas Brinkley explains why this seemingly momentous moment received so ...

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The Uncertain Future of the Iraqi Fixer

Throughout the war in Iraq foreign journalists have relied heavily on fixers, the local feet on the ground who translate, find sources and help provide safety. Though many have since left the country, for fear that their work with Western media has made them targets, some fixers remain. Hussam Ali ...

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Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks and Deja Vu

If you felt a sense of déjà vu when reading about the latest round of Israeli/Palestinian peace talks this week, you were not alone. The situation seems intractable but the reporting too often follows a well-worn template. JJ Goldberg, senior columnist for The Forward, understands that déjà vu feeling but ...

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The Art and Artifice of Counting Crowds

From the Million Man March to the Obama Inauguration to Glenn Beck’s recent “Restoring Honor” rally, estimating the size of a crowd is both scientifically difficult and politically fraught. ASU professor Steve Doig, Washington Post editor Dan Keating and retired U.S. Park Police officer Carl Holmberg – crowd estimators all ...

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The Great Ben Roethlisberger Hoax

Earlier this week, Washington Post sports writer Mike Wise sent a deliberately false tweet about Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to prove to his audience that journalists will happily reprint rumors without confirming their veracity. But what did he really prove? Bob talks to Mike Wise and editor Mike ...

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The Great Moon Hoax

August was the 175th anniversary of the New York Sun’s Great Moon Hoax, when Richard Adams Locke created a sensation by writing a series of satirical articles, taken seriously by the public, about life on the moon. Matthew Goodman, author of The Sun and the Moon, says this story marked ...

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