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More on Moore

Friday, July 02, 2004

Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 opened to blockbuster box offices numbers, making it the highest grossing documentary of all time. But like previous Moore films, it has been criticized as being more of a polemic than a serious work of journalism. Moore is accused of selectively representing the truth with footage ...

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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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Stars and Stripes

Friday, May 28, 2004

Last summer, the military paper Stars and Stripes conducted a survey of troop morale. Half of the soldiers surveyed said morale in their units was low, and they did not plan to re-enlist. Forty percent described their training as insufficient, and almost as many said their missions were not clearly ...

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Don't Shoot the Translator

Friday, May 21, 2004

In a closed session with the 9/11 Commission, a former FBI translator named Sibel Edmonds reportedly made an explosive charge. She described documents that crossed her desk in the summer of 2001, detailing plans for an Al Qaeda attack on U.S. skyscrapers with hijacked airplanes. Her allegations were picked up ...

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Sir Yes Sir!

Friday, May 21, 2004

Last week, a team of Army Special Forces troops staged a simulated assault in front of the L.A. Convention Center. It wasn't a preparedness drill for a potential terrorist attack. The troops were promoting the latest version of "America's Army," a video game designed as an Army recruitment tool. When ...

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War in the Digital Age

Friday, May 14, 2004

Members of congress viewed yet more photos from Abu Ghraib this week and were undecided as to whether to release them to the public or not. Some said that no matter what decision they came to it was inevitable that the pictures would get out there anyway. Peter Howe, a ...

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The News From Over There

Friday, May 14, 2004

Images of the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US military have been circulating for a couple of weeks - now they are joined in the newspapers and on television, by images of the horrific beheading of an American civilian in Iraq. UPI Senior Editor Martin Walker spoke to Brooke about ...

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Media Culpa

Friday, April 30, 2004

As the 9/11 Commission interviews top government officials and public support for the war in Iraq continues to slide, many observers have started seeking apologies from America's leaders. But others think the media owe the nation an apology as well. Bob speaks with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, who this ...

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Enemy Jazeera?

Friday, April 30, 2004

For more than two years now, U.S. officials have frequently lashed out at al-Jazeera, the most popular Arab language news network. It has been accused of anti-American bias, inflammatory rhetoric, and deliberate misrepresentation of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. This week, Secretary of State Colin Powell formally complained about ...

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Fanning the Flames

Friday, April 16, 2004

Arab anger about the occupation of Iraq has been nourished in recent weeks by images of death and destruction broadcast daily by the Arab media. Into that mix this week came the announcement by President Bush that Israel has the right to permanently annex parts of the West Bank, and ...

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Home Field Disadvantage

Friday, April 09, 2004

It's more precarious than it's ever been to report from the ground in Iraq, but the situation is especially grave for journalists native to the region. As of Friday, eleven journalists have died in Iraq this year, all of them either Iraqi or from other Arab countries. Brooke speaks with ...

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Iraq And A Hard Place

Friday, April 09, 2004

It's been a year since the world watched the fall of Saddam's reign, but violence and resentment continue to rush into the power vacuum left behind. This week, American troops were on the defensive across Iraq, as Shia rebels took up the fight that had been limited to Sunni areas. ...

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Selling America

Friday, March 26, 2004

Spreading the message of American goodwill to an ever more hostile Middle East is no easy task. Before Radio Sawa, Al Hurra TV and Hi Magazine, the State Department recruited advertising executive Charlotte Beers to create a series of mini-documentaries on American Muslims. The mini-docs were booed off the air ...

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Chalabi in Charge

Friday, March 19, 2004

This week's one-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq offered news organizations the opportunity to reflect on their coverage of the lead-up to war. And just in time, Knight Ridder reporters turned up more evidence that the U.S. media was used by those who directly stood to gain from ...

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An Embed Reflects

Friday, March 19, 2004

The media were a strong and steady presence in the war against Saddam, partly because of a shift in military strategy. In previous wars the press had been kept at arm's length by the military, but its so-called "embedding" program allowed 800 reporters exclusive access to the action. In the ...

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Embedded, The Play

Friday, February 20, 2004

Last March, journalists were gearing up to accompany U.S. troops into battle in Iraq. Eleven months thence, actors are gearing up to portray those journalists, albeit with a more satiric edge. In his new play "Embedded" - which opens on Tuesday in New York - actor and playwright Tim Robbins ...

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The Girls Are Back in Town

Friday, February 13, 2004

Last month, TV audiences in Afghanistan witnessed something they haven't seen in more than a decade - female singers on their screens. Many Afghans are cheering the return of women to the airwaves, but Islamic groups, as well as the country's new Supreme Court, are outraged. Brooke talks to Washington ...

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Sticking to Our Minds

Friday, January 30, 2004

For most of Bush's presidency, and especially since 9-11, the majority of Americans have been eager to believe in the President, and in his stated reasons for invading Iraq. And after those reasons were shown to be largely groundless, most people have continued to cling to them. Bob speaks with ...

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Sticking to Their Guns

Friday, January 30, 2004

In the face of mounting evidence that Saddam's Iraq posed no imminent threat to the U.S., the Bush administration continues to insist that Operation Iraqi Freedom was justified. White House officials are reverting to linguistic obfuscation, emphasis on certain talking points and the omission of others, and of course, blaming ...

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Publishing for a Young Iraq

Friday, January 23, 2004

In Saddam Hussein's Iraq, the range of children's books reflected the world that young people were being raised to live in. But since the fall of Baghdad, titles like "Tanks in the Night" and "The Story of Nationalisation" are disappearing from bookstores. In their place, publishers are now offering the ...

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