June 3, 2011

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Friday, June 03, 2011

Rumors pervade the media, journalists caught in Pakistan information war and tattoo copyrights

Pakistan’s War of Information

Last week Pakistani journalist and Asia Times bureau chief Saleem Shahzad published a story about an alleged Al-Qaeda infiltration in the Pakistani Navy, following an attack at a Navy base. Days later, Shahzad was found dead in a canal with marks of torture on his body and journalists in ...


Suspect Arrested in Politkovskaya Murder

Investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya was shot and killed in Moscow in 2006. On Thursday, Rustam Makhmudov was charged with her murder. Nina Ognianova of the Committee to Protect Journalists joins us from Moscow to talk about the case against Makhmudov and whether his arrest signifies a change for journalists in ...


A Media Post Mortem on "Death Panels"

When President Obama proposed his new healthcare plan to Congress in 2009, it included a provision for Medicare to pay for visits where patients discussed their "end of life" care with a doctor. That small part of the healthcare bill snowballed into a major controversy when Sarah Palin dubbed it ...

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The eG8 and the Future of the Net

Last week, French president Nicholas Sarkozy invited a group of world leaders and technology executives to the first ever eG8, a forum to discuss the future of the internet and global public policy. It was an invitation-only summit that included Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. ...


Times Editor Stepping Down

On Thursday, New York Times executive editor Bill Keller announced he’ll be stepping down to write fulltime for the paper. He’ll be replaced by Jill Abramson, who as managing editor was instrumental in creating the recently implemented pay wall system and has pushed to integrate the newsroom for both print ...


Can You Copyright the Human Body?

The artist who inked Mike Tyson’s infamous face tattoo unsuccesfully tried to block Warner Brothers from releasing the movie "The Hangover: 2", claiming copyright infringement because the film features a character with a similar face tattoo. The judge thought blocking the film's release would harm too many people financially, but ...

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The Dramatic Re-Enactment

America's Most Wanted will end its nearly quarter-century run as a regular series this month. The crime-fighting show's creators would like to claim all the criminals they've helped catch as the show's legacy, but Slate's Chris Beam sees things differently. He tells Bob that for him, the show's importance ...


Release Getters

Reality TV has perfected the act of showing real people at their very worst. But for every humiliating situation caught on camera, there’s a piece of paper called a release, permitting the face of the compromised to appear on TV. Bob went to Los Angeles to get the story behind ...


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