January 7, 2011

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Friday, January 07, 2011

Whistleblower update

On December 22nd, in the face of overwhelming bipartisan support, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act was killed at the last minute when a mystery Senator placed what’s called an anonymous hold on the bill. Tom Devine, of the Government Accountability Project, talks to us ...

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Announces Resignation

This week, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced that he’ll step down from his post. The New York Times' reporter Mark Leibovich says that Gibbs doesn’t leave behind a memorable legacy – and that that’s a pretty sure sign of his success.

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Bringing Down Saddam

On April 9, 2003, a group of Iraqis and US Marines toppled a statue of Saddam Hussein. For some, this signaled the liberation of a jubilant people. For others, it was a photo-op orchestrated by the US to suggest victory long before the fact. Journalist Peter Maass, suggests in the ...

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Seth Mnookin on The Panic Virus

This week the British Medical Journal concluded an extensive investigation into a study that claimed a link between childhood vaccination and autism. Their conclusion? The study WAS A FRAUD. And yet, after a decade of no convincing evidence of a link, the panic remains and vaccination rates are down. Seth ...

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The N-Word

Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn uses the “n” word 219 times. Some readers just can’t get past the word, and thanks to a new edition, they won’t have to. The new version replaces every instance of the “n” word with the word “slave.” WNYC Radio Rookie Veralyn ...

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Our Tenth Anniversary

This week, On the Media - in its current incarnation, turns ten years old. And so a look back, at what a decade hath wrought and at the sweet innocence of youth.

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