February 11, 2011

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Egypt's leading newspaper speaks. Hip Hop's contributes to Middle East protests. And are scandalous stories bad for us?

Egypt's Leading Newspaper Explains Itself

The last place Egyptians could count on to get accurate information during their revolution was the state-run media, which at first tried to downplay the events. But before stepping down from office, President Mubarak began losing his grip on journalists. Gamal Zayda, managing editor of Egypt’s most widely circulated daily ...

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North Africa's Hip Hop Protest Music

In the midst of the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and the protests elsewhere in North Africa and the Middle East, a group of Libyan exiles who run a website called Khalas noticed one surprising common thread in the voicing of discontent … rap music. Across the region rap ...

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Italy's Generation Gap

There's a generation gap in Italy, one that is increasingly making it into the media there. Politicians accuse the youth of being lazy, increasingly unemployed younger people grow to resent one of the oldest populations in Europe and, as Megan Williams reports, intergenerational strife is spilling into the streets - ...

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Bob and Brooke read from a few of your letters.

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Why Planned Parenthood Won't Get Fooled Again

This month, a group of anti-abortion activists called Live Action tried to catch Planned Parenthood in wrongdoing using hidden cameras. The stunt was modeled after a similar conservative expose' of ACORN two years ago. But while the ACORN tape ended up sinking that organization (Congress defunded them soon after), the ...

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Why Reading about Scandals Might Actually be Good for You

Pundits often tsk-tsk about how the media’s relentless obsession with scandal is bad for us -- it makes it too hard to have a serious discussion about issues that matter. But is that really true? Does coverage of scandal really distract us from real substantive reporting? Dr. Beth Miller is ...

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