Elections

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Smugging for the Camera

Friday, October 10, 2003

When Arnold the action hero morphed into Arnold the governor this week, it seemed like many members of media could not quite believe what they were reporting, despite pre-election polls which indicated an easy win for Schwarzenegger. In a recent column, Harper’s Magazine Editor Lewis Lapham chastised the eastern editors ...

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Homeboy Hopefuls

Friday, September 26, 2003

In local newsrooms, reporters can for the most part sit back and watch presidential campaign season without having to cover it themselves. But what happens when one of the candidates is also a local? Tom Weber reports from member station KWMU on how the St. Louis media are covering the ...

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Just the Facts

Friday, September 26, 2003

A new law in Russia prohibits media from providing any "commentary" when covering a political campaign. In practice, the rule has left political reporters with almost nothing to report, because the definition of campaigning is so all-encompassing. Two violations by a media organization and it can be shut down for ...

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General Interest(s) Media

Friday, September 26, 2003

Much of the media seemed to greet General Wesley Clark with a red carpet when he entered the presidential race last week. But judging from the subsequent coverage of Clark in the major dailies, it didn't take long for reporters and pundits to yank the carpet from under him. National ...

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Nine Donkeys, One Fox

Friday, September 12, 2003

The Democratic presidential race is heating up, and judging by this week's candidate debate, so is its entertainment value. Might the surprising liveliness of Tuesday's event have anything to do with its unlikely co-sponsor - Fox News? Slate.com's deputy Washington Bureau Chief Chris Suellentrop attended the 9-way face-off, and recounts ...

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On Message and Online

Friday, August 01, 2003

Vermont Governor Howard Dean's weblog has set records for fundraising, and sped his rise from insurgent to frontrunner. Now, pundits have announced the dawn of the Internet Age in politics several times before, but as OTM's Raquel Maria Dillon reports, maybe, just maybe, the Internet and the political world are ...

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Subtracting from Ads

Friday, August 01, 2003

The first TV ads of the campaign season are already on the tube…with variations on an extra line you haven't heard before: "That's why I approved this message." Its because of a new "Stand by Your Ad" provision that requires candidates to acknowledge responsibility for their ads. Brendan Koerner writes ...

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Dean Gets Real

Friday, July 11, 2003

A few months ago, presidential campaign pollsters were routinely ranking him in the low single-digits. But suddenly, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean is popping up in the media more than any other Democratic candidate. Is the media simply following the money? Or is it that Dean has tapped a nerve ...

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Clandestine Radio

Friday, June 20, 2003

Radio stations with a political agenda are virtually as old the medium itself. Throughout the 20th century, these gadfly stations have irritated governments of the nations that receive their signals. Recently, more and more underground radio stations have begun operating above ground. Brooke talks with Nick Grace, Managing Editor of ...

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Election Lineup

Friday, May 16, 2003

The election is still a year and a half away, but the presidential candidates are already off and running the race. How well will the media perform this time around? Not very, if the last presidential election can be taken as a sign of things to come. That's according to ...

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Adolf Hitler: The Larry King Interview

Friday, May 09, 2003

When it comes to criticizing the soap-operafication of Hitler, we at OTM dare not cast the first stone. In this hypothetical sketch written by Comedy Central's Jon Stewart, the evil one himself bares all as a guest on Larry King's show. Mike O'Meara plays King, and Stewart is the voice ...

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Republican Close-Up

Friday, February 28, 2003

While much of Hollywood leans to the left, most of the actors elected to public office have been members of the G.O.P. According to On the Media's John Solomon, this is more than just a coincidence.

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"Gored by the Media Bull"

Friday, January 10, 2003

Just before Al Gore announced he would not be a candidate for president in 2004, he vented to the New York Observer that he and his fellow Democrats could not get a fair shake from media increasingly in the pocket of Republicans. But Al Gore has been flogged by media ...

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Election Information: Ads vs. News?

Friday, November 15, 2002

Pummeled by political ads and starved for campaign coverage? You’re not alone. A recent study issued by the Norman Lear Center says local news viewers saw four paid political advertising spots for every one election news story this year. Brooke speaks with Paul Taylor of the Alliance for Better Campaigns ...

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Mike's Election Roundup

Friday, November 08, 2002

In the wake of the notorious exit-poll fiascoes of the 2000 election, news organizations this time around vowed to eschew old methods of gathering results. Last week, the detailed demographic breakdown of voting results were replaced by old fashioned, broad analysis of voter will. Producer-at-large Mike Pesca speaks with host ...

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Midterm Madness

Friday, November 01, 2002

ABCNews.com’s The Note has asked viewers to be media watchdogs by sending in examples of questionable campaigning from negative ads to election-time inaccuracies. Mark Halperin is editor of The Note and he joins Bob to discuss what they have amassed so far.

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"Journeys with George"

Friday, October 25, 2002

When Texas Governor George W. Bush hit the campaign trial in his bid for the US presidency, the press, as always, tagged along. Led around the country, from one staged event to another, in chartered planes and buses, The Bubble—as they call it—developed into a strangely insulated netherworld between journalism ...

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Pakistani Press

Friday, October 18, 2002

Anti-American sentiment is on the rise in Pakistan, and last week’s elections suggest that growing anger against the U.S. may have long term political consequences. Is the Pakistani press fanning the flames of some anti-American feelings? Host Brooke Gladstone speaks with Akbar Ahmed, professor of Islamic Studies at American University.

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ABC Truth Squad

Friday, October 04, 2002

For 20 years, news organizations have increasingly acted as election-campaign truth squads. Now, to combat such guerrilla tactics, ABCnews.com is deputizing the electorate, asking readers and viewers to keep their eyes open for campaign excesses. Bob talks to Mark Halperin, head of the political unit of ABC News.

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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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