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Le Freakout: Part I

Friday, July 02, 2004

Despite repeated warnings from Bush Administration officials that terrorists could strike the U.S. this summer, most Americans have made more preparations for barbecues than for a potential attack. In the first of a two-part series on homeland security readiness, OTM's John Solomon looks at how the Bush Administration is doing ...

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Beating Berlusconi

Friday, June 18, 2004

Last weekend, Italy held elections for its representatives to the European Parliament. As in other EU member states, the results were an upset for the ruling party. But in Italy, that upset was compounded. The ticket led by television journalist Lilli Gruber, who recently left the public TV station because ...

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The Right to Air Arms - Part 2

Friday, June 18, 2004

This week, the National Rifle Association went live on Sirius satellite radio with its 3-hour daily talk show. The NRA says its media aspirations, which include plans to eventually buy actual radio stations, are as much about the first amendment as they are about the second one. Specifically, the group ...

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Roving Reporters

Friday, June 04, 2004

Karl Rove is often regarded as the second most powerful man in the White House. Except by those who see him as the most powerful man in the White House. That's certainly the assessment of Joe Mealey and Michael Paradies Shoob, the makers of a new documentary called "Bush's Brain." ...

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Right on Campus

Friday, June 04, 2004

In these polarized times, the politically savvy find allies wherever they can. College campuses are usually regarded as hotbeds of liberalism, but conservatives also see them as fertile ground. Since 1979, the Leadership Institute has trained 30,000 students to be conservative political operatives. The Virginia-based think tank hosts seminars, classes ...

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The Good Soldier

Friday, May 21, 2004

Since the Bush Administration rolled into office, Secretary of State Colin Powell has remained by far its most popular member. Sympathetic observers commonly attribute Powell's positive ratings to his up-by-the-bootstraps personal story, his straight-talking manner, and his reputation as a "good soldier." But might Powell's own calculating maneuvers be just ...

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Bush Hush

Friday, April 23, 2004

Last week, Tony Blair met with President Bush in Washington, just as Guatemalan president Oscar Berger is scheduled to do next week. But word of both meetings came not from the White House, but from the governments who are doing the visiting. By now, White House reporters are used to ...

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Podium Standoff

Friday, April 16, 2004

On the domestic front, the media event of the week came on Tuesday, when President Bush faced reporters in a rare prime-time press conference. Bush came prepared with a 17-minute speech, but journalists were also prepared with a list of questions that they hoped would derail POTUS from his litany ...

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The Rice Show

Friday, April 09, 2004

On Thursday, National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice swore to tell the truth, and proceeded to give her long-awaited testimony to the 9/11 Commission. The jury's still out as to how effective her defense of the Bush administration was. But one thing was certain - it made for pretty good court ...

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Herd, Not Answered

Friday, February 13, 2004

It might have been kindled in the trenches of the Democratic presidential primaries, but the subject of President Bush's National Guard service is back on center stage in the media. On Tuesday, the White House released payroll records it said proved once and for all that Bush fulfilled his military ...

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Angle on the Address

Friday, January 23, 2004

There weren't many surprises in this year's State of the Union Address, at least as far as the camera angles were concerned. We saw the usual well-timed cuts from the President to audience members with an apparent connection to his speech. As always, there was the sense that the camera ...

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Out of Touch

Friday, January 16, 2004

The Bush White House is hardly the first to regard the press with suspicion and complain about the attack dog media. But no administration has ever so successfully controlled the message coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, or cared so little about cultivating a relationship with the press corps. Ken ...

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Fear & Fallout

Friday, January 09, 2004

The Orange Alert rattled plenty of nerves over the holiday break, but only recently did we learn the nature of the threat - concern about a "dirty bomb" detonation in a major city. Sounds pretty scary, but most experts agree that loss of life and property from such a bombing ...

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Fowl Play

Friday, December 05, 2003

More than a week has passed since the President's surprise Thanksgiving trip to Baghdad, but the debate rages on as to whether the press, and the American people, were wrongly misled by the White House. Some see it as yet another taxpayer-subsidized P.R. stunt, and criticize the complicity of the ...

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We Want our C-Span

Friday, November 07, 2003

For almost 25 years, C-Span has been bringing cable viewers the action from the Congressional floor. The network now has three stations of unedited public events, call-ins, and book talks, all offered by cable providers as a free public service. But competition for space on the digital bandwidth is tight, ...

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Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds

Friday, September 19, 2003

A remarkable shift appears to be underway in America's mainstream press. Since September 11th, news organizations have dutifully reported the pronouncements of the administration, while efforts to point out the inconsistencies therein were largely relegated to commentators and Op-Ed pages. But when President Bush declared this week that there was ...

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Radioactive Journalism

Friday, September 12, 2003

If journalists break the law in order to expose weaknesses in national security, should they be prosecuted? That's the question on the table of federal prosecutors, after an ABC News team successfully shipped a package of depleted uranium from Jakarta to Los Angeles. ABC says the package could have just ...

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Full Court Press

Friday, August 22, 2003

After a summer of intensely scrutinizing the Bush Administration's selling of the war in Iraq, many media outlets seem to be backing off. But not the Washington Post. More and more, the paper that expressed editorial sympathy for the war has relentlessly pursued government misrepresentations of the Iraqi threat. Bob ...

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Not Telling!

Friday, August 01, 2003

This week, President Bush defended the decision to classify 28 pages in the Congressional report on 9/11, despite requests from several members of Congress to release the deleted portion. This follows efforts in the past few weeks from Democrats in Congress to begin demanding more information from the notoriously secretive ...

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Dueling With Ari

Friday, May 23, 2003

One of Ari's acrimonious relationships among the gaggle (there were many) has been with reporter Russell Mokhiber. The correspondent for Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime Reporter has made a sport out of asking questions that few other reporters would dare to, and Fleischer has responded in kind. Mokhiber tells Brooke about ...

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