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Pentagon Reporter at 91

Friday, August 09, 2002

Raymond Cromley is the oldest member of the press corps at the Pentagon. At 91, he still attends all the briefings and takes notes - though he hasn’t published an article since Clinton’s first term. Bob visits Cromley at his cubicle in the Pentagon.

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Rethinking the Hearts and Minds Campaign

Friday, August 02, 2002

There is a renewed interest in how the rest of the world perceives the U.S. of A. on Capitol Hill. The Bush Administration is creating a new Office of Global Communications to oversee its image overseas, and Congress is looking to pump more money into public diplomacy. Host Bob Garfield ...

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Limiting Access

Friday, July 19, 2002

White House reporters are seeing less and less of the man they are assigned to cover these days. A new Bush administration policy is limiting the access reporters - even pool reporters - have to the head honcho. Bob talks to Bob Deans, White House correspondent for Cox News Service.

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Rummy to Staff: Stop Leaking!

Friday, July 19, 2002

Lately there have been cracks in the Bush administration’s ironclad anti-leaking policy. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld sent a memo to his staff this week reemphasizing the administration’s distaste for leaks to the press. Host Bob Garfield talks to National Security Archive founder Scott Armstrong.

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Reporter Detained

Friday, July 19, 2002

The State Department does not allow classified documents to leave its building. So when a reporter from the National Review said he was holding a classified memo during a press conference, security blocked the exits to make sure he would not get away, despite the fact that its contents were ...

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The Press and the Prez

Friday, July 19, 2002

Attribute it to a war on terrorism or an extended honeymoon with the press, but President Bush still squirms on the rare occasion he's actually in the hot seat during interviews -- like when answering questions about his days directing Harken Energy. Bob talks to Towson University political science professor ...

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Bush Media Management

Friday, July 12, 2002

With the not-so-subliminal message of "corporate responsibility" dizzily repeated on the backdrop behind President Bush, public perception is clearly the name of the game. The Bush team would like more than anything to avoid the media's filter, but have they done enough to win over the public? Host Mike Pesca ...

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CIA Leaks

Saturday, June 08, 2002

Stories leaked to journalists by unattributed sources have dominated the front page in the past few weeks. In fact, almost all that the press is printing about the inability of the FBI and CIA to detect potential terrorists prior to Sept. 11 have come from leaks. But knowing who leaked ...

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Bush’s Secrecy

Saturday, June 08, 2002

The Bush Administration established a no-leak, keep-‘em-guessing policy early in its tenure. Staying leak-free, they argued, was the best way to handle the media. But what about the argument made by many important political figures that “secrecy is for losers”? Host Brooke Gladstone talks to John Dean, former Counsel to ...

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CIA Image

Saturday, June 08, 2002

Americans’ opinions of the CIA’s actions range from ruthless to incompetent. The best way to fight such an image is, of course, in Hollywood. That’s why scores of CIA-approved movies and TV shows have popped up since the mid-90s. Brooke talks to former CIA case officer Robert Baer about the ...

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The Inside-the-Beltway Election Dance

Saturday, June 01, 2002

Presidential candidates rise and fall without most people knowing who they are. Take North Carolina Senator John Edwards: after a series of glowing articles and chipper talk show appearances, his climb may have been halted by a less-than-adequate Meet the Press interview. The National Journal’s Bill Powers reminds Brooke that ...

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The Rendon Group

Saturday, May 25, 2002

How do you become the Pentagon’s head of PR? Start as a political consultant for overseas elections. Then buddy-up with CIA big-wigs. Suddenly your credentials impress all the right people. That’s the route John Rendon took. He’s been steadily managing - some say mismanaging - America’s propaganda war for more ...

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First Draft of History (Revised)

Saturday, April 27, 2002

Journalists know not to change quotes from the president, but the White House transcriptionist is not as limited. The Bush Administration is producing cleaned-up transcripts of the president’s speeches, minus all those verbal slip-ups and malapropisms we’ve come to love. Everything looks better on presidential paper, as Brooke learns from ...

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Mike’s Pockets

Saturday, April 27, 2002

In our ongoing series of media tidbits from OTM Producer-At-Large Mike Pesca, Mike and Brooke take on celebrities plugging prescription drugs on talk shows, and puppets testifying before Congress. If it sounds odd, that’s because it is.

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The Magical Alan Greenspan

Saturday, April 27, 2002

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan may not get compared to a Magic Eight Ball often, but journalists sure treat him like one. As Bob discovered, it seems there's hardly a question about the economy for which - in the media at least - Alan Greenspan isn't the answer!

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“Democrat Implies Sept. 11 Plot”

Saturday, April 20, 2002

A liberal congresswoman says some things on a radio show that imply the Bush administration could’ve prevented Sept. 11. Washington Post reporter Juliet Eilperin writes about the provocative statement, knowing the ire it may fuel on both sides of the political spectrum. It’s a common concern when covering Capitol Hill. ...

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Campaign Finance

Saturday, March 30, 2002

In a recent article for slate.com, Walter Shapiro suggested that "not since Elvis Presley went to the White House to enlist in Richard Nixon's war on drugs has a Washington event inspired as much cynicism as the passage of campaign finance reform." Bob talks to him about the media coverage ...

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Off The Record Leaks

Saturday, March 23, 2002

Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill committed a political sin by criticizing President Bush in front of several reporters. O’Neill probably thought his comments wouldn’t be reported though, because he spoke at a Council of Foreign Relations dinner under the assurance that his speech was “not for attribution.” The story broke anyway. ...

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Freedom of Information Act

Saturday, March 16, 2002

Depending on whom you ask, Attorney General John Ashcroft’s new Freedom of Information Act policy is either a slight alteration for the sake of national security, or a major policy change in conflict with FOIA’s very purpose to let the public “know what the government is up to.” Brooke talks ...

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Presidential Privacy

Saturday, March 02, 2002

When President Bush signed an executive order to keep a substantial portion of Reagan’s archives confidential, opponents got angry…and then got organized. Last week, historians and archivists convened in New York City to discuss whether presidential conversations are a private matter or a part of the public record. OTM’s Producer-At-Large ...

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