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Dispatch From an Embed

Friday, March 07, 2003

More than a quarter of a million American soldiers are deployed and ready for action in Iraq, and they're not alone. There are currently about 800 reporters, who have been prepped for the battlefield and assigned to specific military units. NPR's John Burnett is one of them, and gives Brooke ...

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Actor Activism

Friday, February 28, 2003

Lately, a number of prominent celebrities have been adding their voices to the chorus of antiwar sentiment. But while familiar names may garner attention for the antiwar movement, could celebs be hurting the cause by attracting the wrong kind of attention? Slate.com's Rob Walker thinks so, and makes his case ...

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Covering the Anti-War

Friday, February 21, 2003

Last week, millions of people around the world took to the streets to demonstrate against the looming war in Iraq. It has been called the largest coordinated anti-war protest ever. It was also the first protest in recent months to garner serious media attention. Editor & Publisher's Greg Mitchell joins ...

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War's Cutting Room Floor

Friday, February 21, 2003

Official guidelines imposed upon journalists in war come with the terrain, but there are times when the restraint comes from within. Veteran radio producer Helen Borten found it hard to separate her own sympathies for the troops from the need for editorial objectivity in a piece that was recently aired. ...

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(Em)bed with the Troops

Friday, February 21, 2003

If another war does happen in Iraq, this time hundreds of reporters will be on the frontlines to witness it. The Pentagon is "embedding" around 500 reporters with military units in the Persian Gulf…on the condition that the reporters agree to certain ground rules. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for ...

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Rallying for a Newsworthy Cause

Friday, February 21, 2003

Last week's antiwar rallies seem to have banished the collective shrug with which much of the media have regarded the peace movement. OTM Producer Megan Ryan tackles the question of what makes an anti-war protest easy to cover…and easy to ignore.

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One on One with Saddam

Friday, February 07, 2003

This past week Britain's Tony Benn conducted a landmark interview with the Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. While news of the impending war with Iraq is never far from our screens, this interview with Saddam - the first he'd granted a Westerner in 12 years, received little air-time. Fawaz Gerges, a ...

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Eyes on the Arab World

Friday, February 07, 2003

While Al-Jazeera has achieved wide name-recognition in the West over the last two years, in the Arab world it's the Middle Eastern Broadcasting Company, or MBC, that is the established news provider. Now MBC is getting ready to launch a 24-hour network called al-Arabia as a direct rival to Al ...

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Al Jazeera: For Western Eyes Only

Friday, January 17, 2003

In the months following September 11th, Al-Jazeera became a household name throughout much of America. Now, the Arabic language television network is launching a new English language web site. Joanne Tucker, the site's managing editor, speaks to Bob about the need for an Arab perspective in the Western media.

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Not For Sale

Friday, December 27, 2002

The State Department’s new offering for the perusal of the Arab world is an anthology called “Writers on America.” The book, featuring the musings of such literary figures as Michael Chabon, Julia Alvarez and Robert Pinsky, is officially propaganda, published explicitly to influence foreign audiences. It is also therefore, by ...

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Hollywood Joins the Fray

Friday, December 27, 2002

An armload of big-ticket Hollywood talent, including some of the folks who brought us Star Trek and the Shawshank Redemption, have signed on to bring American-style programs, and through them presumably, American-style values to the Muslim world. The programs will be funneled through a non-profit group called Al Haqiqa (which ...

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Back to Baghdad

Friday, December 06, 2002

This Sunday marks the deadline for Iraq to present a thorough accounting of its weapons of mass destruction programs. In a bit of TV serendipity, it's also the weekend HBO premiers a docu-drama about the last war in Iraq, called "Live from Baghdad." The film stars Michael Keaton as CNN ...

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Truth & Propaganda

Friday, November 01, 2002

Camera Planet correspondent Peter Arnett, about to return to Bagdhad, discusses the line between news and propaganda, and other lessons learned reporting from Iraq for CNN during the first gulf war.

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Josh Hammer

Friday, October 25, 2002

Josh Hammer, Newsweek’s Jerusalem bureau chief, has reported twice from Iraq this year. He says that print reporters face tremendous difficulty in Iraq, but that television reporters have it even harder. Josh Hammer speaks from Jerusalem with host Bob Garfield.

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Eason Jordan

Friday, October 25, 2002

Several CNN reporters have been expelled from Baghdad this week, along with other Western journalists. Reports say that the Iraqi government is upset about international reporting of anti-government protests. Bob speaks with Eason Jordan, CNN’s President of newsgathering, about how the Western media navigates through the press restrictions in Iraq.

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Franklin Foer

Friday, October 25, 2002

Earlier this week, the Iraqi government reportedly ordered the expulsion of several Western journalists from Baghdad. The move was not altogether shocking given the always tenuous relationship between the Iraqi Ministry of Information and the international press. Prior to the expulsions, Franklin Foer wrote an article for the New Republic ...

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Coverage on Home Turf

Friday, October 11, 2002

CNN had the monopoly on television coverage of the 1991 war with Iraq, but with the rise of Arabic news outlet Al Jazeera, coverage of Iraq could be very different now. But how? Host Bob Garfield speaks with Ibrahim Helal of Al Jazeera, about how television coverage of a war ...

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Prepping for War

Friday, October 11, 2002

As the possibility of a war with Iraq looms, journalists around the world have already begun to prepare their coverage strategies. Last time the world watched a war with Iraq, they did so on the only television news outlet that was able to get to the frontlines: CNN. But over ...

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How the Middle East covered 9/11

Friday, September 13, 2002

This week the first anniversary of September 11th was covered by news media around the world. Host Brooke Gladstone talks to Jamal Dajani, Producer of Worldlink TV's show, Mosaic, about how the Middle East covered the events of September 11, 2002.

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Iraqi Dissident Spin

Friday, August 30, 2002

The State Department is training a group of Iraqi dissidents to spread an anti-Saddam Hussein message on TV talk shows and in newspapers. Host Brooke Gladstone talks to one dissident, Muhannad Eshaiker of the Iraqi Forum for Democracy. Then host Bob Garfield talks to Hussein Ibish of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination ...

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