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An Argument for Statutory Regulation of the Media

Friday, November 30, 2012

In the wake of News of the World and other press scandals, Lord Justice Leveson has called for a new statute-backed system to regulate the British media. To some, such a move would constitute a reversal of a proud free-press tradition dating back to the 17th century. But Minister of Parliament Nadhim Zahawi tells Bob that the UK's self-policing press has been drinking at the "Last Chance Saloon" for too long.

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The Blackberry Defense

Friday, December 16, 2011

Earlier this week it was revealed that James Murdoch received an email in 2008 that suggests Murdoch knew about the scope of the News Corp phone hacking scandal long before he has claimed. But, even though Murdoch replied to the email, he claims he didn't read far enough down the chain to grasp the gravity of the situation. Brooke spoke with author William Powers about the Blackberry defense. 

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Former News of the World Reporter Paul McMullan

Friday, December 02, 2011

In the aftermath of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, the British government launched an investigation known as the Leveson Inquiry to look into the practices and ethics of the British press. This week, one of the most shocking testimonies of the inquiry came from former NOTW reporter Paul McMullan. Brooke speaks to McMullan about his testimony and why he thinks deceptive reporting tactics are necessary.

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Phone Hacking: A Guide

Friday, November 25, 2011

As the effects from the News of the World phone hacking continue to ripple through Britain, many are still wondering how those journalists and private investigators managed to do it. This may not have been their method, but for WNYC's John Keefe, voicemail hacking was surprisingly easy.  In an interview first aired in July of 2011, he tells Brooke all you need is a computer, a phone number, and $10.

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Muted U.S. Public Reaction to British Tabloid Scandal

Friday, July 22, 2011

The U.S. media has been fascinated with the British tabloid phone hacking scandal and its widespread fallout. But according to polling by the Pew Research Center, the public doesn’t share the media’s obsession. Brooke speaks to Pew Research Center President Andrew Kohut, who says that when  the public was asked which story they were following most closely, only 4 percent chose the phone hacking story.

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Phone Hacking: A Guide

Friday, July 22, 2011

As the effects from the News of the World phone hacking continue to ripple throughout Britain, many are still wondering how those journalists and private investigators managed to do it.  This may not have been their method, but for WNYC's John Keefe, voicemail hacking was surprisingly (and shockingly) easy.  He tells Brooke all you need is a computer, a phone number, and $10.

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What Does a Pie to the Face Really Mean?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Earlier this week, Rupert Murdoch joined a long list of powerful people who’ve had pies thrown in their face. Thomas Friedman, Bill Gates, and Anita Bryant have all been victims of the classic prank. Brooke talked with Jacques Servin (a.k.a. Andy Bichlbaum) of The Yes Men, a group with a long history of executing public pranks on the mighty, about why pie-rs pie and what pie-ing does to the pie-d.

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The Murdoch Family's Endurance

Friday, July 22, 2011

Since last week, the British tabloid phone hacking scandal has worked its way into the highest levels of power in England.  The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has resigned, and even British Prime Minister David Cameron has come under intense public pressure.  The Murdoch family, however, seems to have survived, mostly unscathed. Reuters’ finance blogger Felix Salmon talks to Bob about Rupert and James Murdoch’s unlikely endurance. 

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