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Afghan Public Relations

Saturday, December 22, 2001

The interim government of Afghanistan has hired publicist Thomas Lauria, best known for his work with the Tobacco Institute, to give a facelift to the country’s new administration. OTM senses a touch of his previous client’s p.r. style in his current work, as evident in this (fake) ad for the ...

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Covering Israel: American Media

Saturday, December 08, 2001

Is Israel a new front in America’s war against terrorism? The TV networks may have jumped to that conclusion in their “everything’s different since September 11th” approach to the news. Host Brooke Gladstone discusses America’s coverage with Slate columnist Eric Umansky.

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Covering Israel: World Press

Saturday, December 08, 2001

A series of suicide bombings pushed the Israeli/Palestinian conflict back onto the front page this week. Host Bob Garfield talks with UPI Chief International Correspondent Martin Walker about how the papers abroad are covering the latest turn of events.

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PsyOps

Saturday, December 08, 2001

The government and the media may be jumping on the propaganda bandwagon since America’s war in Afghanistan, but the military has been producing spin for the past five decades. OTM’s Producer-At-Large Mike Pesca traveled to Fort Bragg, North Carolina to visit the army’s only active Psychological Operations unit.

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Iranian Television

Saturday, December 01, 2001

Strange as it sounds, southern California is a hub for TV stations broadcasting to Iran. Rachel Myro takes a look at the airwaves heading from the West Coast to West Asia.

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Four Journalists Killed in Afghanistan

Saturday, November 24, 2001

So far, no American or British soldiers have been killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan. The Western press corps has not been so fortunate. Bob offers a few thoughts on the four reporters killed this week.

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Reporting from Afghanistan

Saturday, November 17, 2001

The war week in Afghanistan has led to extraordinary developments and, for the journalists trying to cover it, extraordinary challenges. The Los Angeles Times' Paul Watson, reporting veteran of 14 conflicts, has been on the move with a photographer and an Afghan translator, commuting daily to the front lines. He ...

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Who’s Side is the Media on? - The Devil’s?

Saturday, November 10, 2001

In an article on slate.com, senior writer William Saleten wrote that the media were “bad news bearers,” whose reflexive cynicism was sapping national morale. In fact, he says, though the media are clearly biased in favor of the American cause, the war coverage slants toward the Taliban. He talks to ...

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Who’s Side is the Media on? - The Saints’?

Saturday, November 10, 2001

E.J. Dionne, a columnist for the Washington Post, tells Brooke that the press is getting slammed for a negativity that’s really coming from another direction.

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Casualty Count

Saturday, November 03, 2001

Continued support for the US war in Afghanistan depends on the ability of the American military to limit “collateral damage” - the death of civilians. But finding an accurate tally of casualties is nearly impossible. Brooke investigates the problems accounting for the dead in Afghanistan

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The De Facto “Shutter Control”

Saturday, October 27, 2001

Last week, the Pentagon bought exclusive rights to the satellite images from a company named Space Imaging, effectively blocking media access to satellite pictures of Afghanistan. Bob talks to John Pike, founder of globalsecurity.com, a nonprofit group that helps media analyze satellite images.

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The Only Show in Afghanistan

Saturday, October 27, 2001

35 million listeners - that’s 70 percent of Afghanistan’s population - tune in to each 15-minute episode of "New Home, New Life." In a country where even music is banned, the BBC appears to have slipped through the cracks. Sharazuddin Siddiqi is the producer of the program produced in Peshawar, ...

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Al Jazeera

Saturday, October 13, 2001

If Afghanistan under the Taliban presents a formidable military challenge, the journalistic one is just as daunting. Western journalists are forbidden entry to the country, and -- as we have seen with arrests of British and French reporters -- subject to arrest and harsh Taliban justice. One news organization, however, ...

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War of Words in the Middle East

Saturday, August 11, 2001

As violence spreads in the Middle East, the new weapons of choice are words. Bob talks to Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, about loaded language and war reporting.

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Discussion: Reporting on Israel

Saturday, July 07, 2001

On The Media asks Rashid Khalidi, Director of the Center of International Studies and Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago and Gary Rosenblatt, Editor and Publisher of the Jewish Week, to respond to Rick Davis' report on covering the Middle East.

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Reporters Under Fire in the Middle East

Saturday, July 07, 2001

There are some stories that journalists can't seem to report without bringing down an avalanche of criticism. Certainly, coverage of gun control and abortion inspires heated debate, but nothing like the rage that invariably follows stories about Israel. From Jerusalem, reporter Rick Davis investigates the challenges faced by reporters in ...

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Discussion: Reporting on Israel

Saturday, February 17, 2001

On The Media asks Rashid Khalidi, Director of the Center of International Studies and Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago and Gary Rosenblatt, Editor and Publisher of the Jewish Week, to respond to Rick Davis' report on covering the Middle East.

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Reporters Under Fire in the Middle East

Saturday, February 17, 2001

There are some stories that journalists can't seem to report without bringing down an avalanche of criticism. Certainly, coverage of gun control and abortion inspires heated debate, but nothing like the rage that invariably follows stories about Israel. From Jerusalem, reporter Rick Davis investigates the challenges faced by reporters in ...

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