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China Crisis

Friday, August 06, 2004

In China, the bold and hugely successful tabloid, The Southern Metropolis Daily, made journalistic history last year when it affected actual change with one of its exposes. But good things come to an end and now the paper's crusading editor is sitting in jail awaiting charges. Meanwhile, two of his ...

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A Cause for Alarm

Friday, July 23, 2004

Critics of big media, thus far focused mainly on the FCC, have taken their fight to the FTC. MoveOn.org and Common Cause this week asked the Federal Trade Commission to strip Fox News of its "Fair and Balanced" slogan on the grounds that it amounts to false advertising. It's the ...

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In With No News

Friday, July 23, 2004

The disgruntlement that's boiled over at the Voice of America has been brewing for years. Since 9/11, many staffers have felt that the editorial firewall between the government and VOA's journalists has been steadily crumbling. Brooke speaks with former VOA Acting Director Myrna Whitworth, who was replaced after she defied ...

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Sweating Suspects

Friday, July 16, 2004

This week, The New York Times and its columnist, Nicholas Kristof, were slapped with defamation lawsuits by Steven J. Hatfill, the former government scientist once named a "person of interest" in the FBI's investigation of the anthrax attacks. He was never charged, but did feature prominently in several of Kristof's ...

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Goliath Stumbles

Friday, July 16, 2004

When the Republicans take Manhattan later this summer, among the billboards they'll see in Times Square will be two with an antiwar message. That's the upshot of a deal this week between the activist group Project Billboard and Clear Channel Communications, who owns the billboards. Clear Channel had originally rejected ...

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Russia Update

Friday, July 16, 2004

A brief update the deteriorating situation for press freedom in Russia.

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Outrage? Not so much

Friday, July 09, 2004

While the gatekeepers of American media hem and haw over what to do with the gory footage of war, news consumers in the Arab world are getting a steady stream of those very images via satellite television. And when it comes to things like hostage executions, says Arab media critic ...

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Mob Scene

Friday, July 02, 2004

In April of 2002 in the Russian city, Togliatti, a newspaper editor was shot to death in his car. Valery Ivanov was murdered following a series of stories in the Togliatti Observer exposing ties between the local mafia, businesses and corrupt law enforcement agencies in the region. Although shocking, the ...

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Hand it Over

Friday, June 25, 2004

When the so-called handover of sovereignty from the Coalition Provisional Authority takes place in Iraq on Wednesday, the Iraqi Media Network will be one of the institutions that changes hands. Network officials say it will form the backbone of a new public broadcasting service in Iraq, but critics counter that ...

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Deregulation Update

Friday, June 25, 2004

A federal appeals court in Philadelphia this week joined the ranks of those who disapprove of the FCC's recent decision to relax media ownership caps. Bob and Brooke give a brief update on the status of the deregulation skirmishes.

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Clean Up Follow Up

Friday, June 11, 2004

Clear Channel Communications has agreed to pay the government $1.75 million, in exchange for the FCC scrapping all pending indecency complaints against the radio conglomerate. It's the largest indecency settlement ever, but it could have been even larger. Lawmakers have proposed boosting fines for broadcasters to 500 thousand dollars, which ...

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Spectrum Speculations

Friday, June 04, 2004

The digital evolution will be televised. Whether or not you can see it depends on whether you are still watching an analog tube. Seven years ago, Congress created a plan for the government to take back the analog spectrum, making television a strictly digital affair. Now, the FCC has proposed ...

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Examining Ourselves

Friday, May 28, 2004

Brooke parses two surveys so that you don’t have to. One from the Pew Center for People and the Press, and one from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR). The findings, and her conclusions shed some light on where journalists stand in a deeply divided America. Brooke parses two surveys ...

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FOIA Oh-Boya!

Friday, May 28, 2004

The Freedom of Information Act, known as FOIA, can be a lean mean fighting machine in the battle against excessive government secrecy. The FOIA request is not a difficult tool to wield – it takes just a little know-how and a lot of patience. Russ Kick knows the drill. Independently, ...

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The Drink Stink

Friday, May 21, 2004

New York Times correspondent Larry Rohter can stay in Brazil, after all. Earlier this month, the Brazilian government declared it would revoke the reporter's visa because of an article he wrote about President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's drinking habits. The nation's media rallied to Rohter's defense, but only on ...

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Enablers-in-Chief

Friday, April 23, 2004

After months of poring over the oeuvre of former USA Today reporter Jack Kelley, the paper this week revealed the extent of Kelley's fabrications and plagiarisms, and the institutional weaknesses that enabled him over the years. Not a day had passed before upper editorial heads were rolling. USA Today editor ...

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No Taste for Deregulation

Friday, April 02, 2004

Last month, righteous Congressional debates over smut on the airwaves were promptly followed by the House overwhelmingly approving the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004. But the bill's prospects in the Senate could prove somewhat more complicated. That's because Senator Byron Dorgan has amended the bill with a measure that ...

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Stereotypes and the Lying Reporters who Report Them

Friday, March 26, 2004

USA Today is wrapping up its investigation of one of its own - former reporter Jack Kelley. So far, the paper says there is strong evidence that the 21-year veteran of the paper and five-time Pulitzer finalist fabricated substantial portions of at least eight major stories, and that his "journalistic ...

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Comcast Chases Mouse

Friday, February 13, 2004

The fallout from Janet Jackson's infamous Superbowl fallout has moved to Capitol Hill, where Congress is holding impassioned hearings on new penalties for indecency on the airwaves. But a much more compelling threat to broadcasters might not come from the government at all. This week, cable giant Comcast announced that ...

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(Not Enough) Sunshine State

Friday, February 13, 2004

The Defense Department is not alone in its unresponsiveness to secrecy concerns. That attitude has filtered down to the state and local level as well. Last month, reporters in Florida visited government agencies posing as ordinary citizens requesting public records. They found that almost half of the state's government was ...

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