Covering The Capitol
Saturday, February 23, 2002
Last week unhappy Pentagon officials leaked news that the Office of Strategic Information (OSI) was considering a campaign to plant false reports in foreign news services. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld jumped into “clean-up” mode but the damage was already done. Host Bob Garfield talks to Freedom Forum’s Paul McMasters.
Saturday, January 26, 2002
Taking a trick from magicians, the past few White House press secretaries have mastered the art of misdirection: when under fire on an unwelcome topic, they’re sure to change to subject by calling on reporters guaranteed to ask an unrelated question specific to their beat. Host Brooke Gladstone talks to ...
Saturday, January 26, 2002
Journalists may work their whole career to get there, but not because the White House briefing room has the warm and welcoming atmosphere of a well-furnished den by Ikea. Host Bob Garfield toured the place the press secretary calls home to talk to reporters about one of the most coveted ...
Saturday, January 19, 2002
President Bush’s recent bout with a salted knot of bread proves one thing: when it comes to distracting the press, all politicians need do is embarrass themselves. And commentator Kevin Guilfoile says when desperate times call for desperate diversions, serving up food-related humiliation works best.
Saturday, December 29, 2001
In the immediate aftermath of September 11th, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld delivered an important message -- not to America, not to the international community, not to the media --but to his own Defense Department. It was a warning about leaking classified information because a leaker, Rumsfeld declared, is a ...
Saturday, December 15, 2001
One patriotic ad since Sept. 11th that stands out is a tourism promo in which President Bush makes a cameo. Bob talks to the Travel Industry Association’s Vice President Betsy O’Rourke about booking the biggest celebrity endorsement ever.
Saturday, October 27, 2001
In an environment of suspicion and increasing defensiveness, how are the media supposed to get any information from the military? They read between the lines, say reporters like David Martin, longtime national security correspondent for CBS. He speaks to Brooke.
Saturday, October 20, 2001
How does a presidential staff control the verbiage of their boss? After the neologistic Bushism “women of cover” surfaced twice in a news conference, Bob asked New York Times Magazine writer D.T. Max about the people who mold the President’s language and image.
Saturday, September 29, 2001
During the Gulf War the Pentagon carefully filtered the information the media and hence the public had access to. Since September 11th, the press and the Pentagon, are both claiming to act in the public interest. Pete Williams has been a member of both those institutions. He's now a correspondent ...
Saturday, September 22, 2001
Slate Magazine’s Tim Noah tells Bob that when President Bush spoke off the cuff, in the first days of the crisis, he used some phrases that had unintended negative consequences. However, the speech he delivered on Thursday may have compensated for his earlier missteps.
Saturday, September 08, 2001
In a recent dust-up on Capitol Hill, Senator Ernest Hollings said of the aging Strom Thurmond that he was “not mentally keen.” Such blunt assessments of brainpower in Congress are very rare. The Washington press corps, usually game when it comes to reporting on the alcohol, sexual or financial problems ...
Saturday, September 01, 2001
After influencing network dramas and sitcom scripts, the White House Office of Drug Policy took its anti-drug message to the newsroom. Bob talks to Salon.com reporter Dan Forbes about the how the White House’s drug policy permeated the news media.
Saturday, August 11, 2001
The media and the intelligence community are butting heads in Washington over a controversial measure that would give the government greater power to prosecute officials who disclose its secrets. Host Brooke Gladstone discusses the proposal and its impact with National Security Archive founder Scott Armstrong and former CIA General Counsel ...
Saturday, June 09, 2001
During a press briefing on the issue of drug abuse and parental involvement, White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer had a firm “no comment” when asked if Bush himself has talked to his daughters about substance abuse. After the briefing, Fleisher called the reporter to chide him for asking the ...
Saturday, June 09, 2001
White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer responds to Bennett Roth.
Saturday, May 26, 2001
Wires cut, Air Force One trashed, W’s taken out of keyboards…the exiting Clinton staffers were blamed for all manner of vandalism to the White House. The New York Post dubbed it “Vandal-Gate.” As it turns out, it was all based on rumor. Investigative journalism? There was none of it says ...
Saturday, April 28, 2001
This week President Bush discussed his first 100 days in office, granting interviews with 20 major media organizations. The 100 days review has become an American media tradition, but Jake Tapper, host of CNN’s “Take Five” and political columnist for Salon.com, wonders where’s the magic in 100 days.
Saturday, March 31, 2001
A report put out by the Congressional Management Foundation and George Washington University reveals that despite the computer revolution, the U.S. Congress still relies on snail mail. Most members of Congress will only reply to e-mail requests through the U.S. mail, and some are under the impression that using e-mail ...
Saturday, March 03, 2001
In some ways, this was the first real week of the Bush Presidency. The week when he stepped out from behind the curtain and laid his policies before the Congress and the country. New York Times White House reporter Frank Bruni talks to Brooke about what has come to be ...
Saturday, February 17, 2001
In the annals of congressional testimony few figures endure. Joseph Welch staring down McCarthyism, Sam Ervin demanding presidential accountability…Add to that list one Ken Johnson. As press secretary for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce his duties often run to the mundane, but on Wednesday he compiled a highlight ...