Once again the intersection of NPR and politics has created a controversy. When Lisa Simeone, host of World of Opera was revealed to be acting as a spokesperson for an Occupy Wall Street inspired group in Washington D.C. - NPR decided to distance itself from the show by ending distribution. (The show will continue to be distributed by a local affiliate.) Bob spoke with Joyce Slocum, interim President and CEO of NPR about how and why that decision was made.
Covering the run-up to the Iraq War was not the American press's finest moment. There won't be nearly as much attention to the withdrawal as there was to the invasion, but covering the withdrawalwell might give the public a better sense of Iraq's future without American soldiers and what lessons to draw from the war. Bob spoke with Liz Sly, Baghdad bureau chief for the Washington Post who has covered Iraq for the better part of eight years.
Currently, the government can avoid Freedom of Information Act requests in certain narrow circumstances by refusing to confirm or deny the existence of documents. But new rules proposed by the Department of Justice would allow the government to lie to requesters, saying that documents don't exist even when they do. Brooke talks to Michael German, Policy Council for the American Civil Liberties Union, about this proposed rule change.
The Stored Communications Act, passed 25 years ago this month, includes rules that make data stored on remote computers vulnerable to law enforcement subpoena without requiring a warrant. However, even though the law hasn't been changed by Congress, recent court decisions have made the government less likely to pursue this type of data without a warrant. Bob talks to Forbes privacy blogger Kashmir Hill about these developments.
Today, it is easier than ever to create and consume video, with billions of computers, TVs, and cell phones providing the world with access to the medium. This should be good news for television news, but according to veteran TV journalist Dave Marash American TV news is actually using less and less video. Brooke spoke with Marash about why American TV news is capping its lens.
One explanation that's been given for the increase in network news viewership is the variety of choices now available among the three major newscasts. Brooke spoke with Andrew Tyndall, who monitors the nightly newscasts of ABC, NBC and CBS on the Tyndall Report website. He says the days of the interchangeable newscast are over.