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Bear Down

Friday, April 27, 2007

When former Russian president Boris Yeltsin died this week, a near-universal chorus of obituarists declared his legacy mixed. He may have ushered in democracy and a free press, but he failed to build the institutions to sustain them.

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David Halberstam

Friday, April 27, 2007

David Halberstam died this week. Halberstam became famous exposing lies during Vietnam, and his impact on other journalists is long-lasting. New Yorker editor David Remnick reflects on Halberstam's wide range of journalistic achievements.

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Mother Night

Friday, April 13, 2007

One of the last books the late, great Kurt Vonnegut wrote was a collection of essays in which he portrayed a reporter, interviewing the deceased. We listen in on what he found.

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Clink-Stained Wretch

Friday, February 16, 2007

San Francisco videographer Josh Wolf has earned the distinction of being the journalist jailed longest for refusing to cooperate with prosecutors. Wolf's lawyer, Martin Garbus, reviews the case.

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Whoa, Presidente!

Friday, January 26, 2007

As Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez begins his third term, U.S. editorial pages are chiding him for nationalizing a major telecom company, and not renewing the broadcast license of one of his biggest critics. But Council on Hemispheric Affairs director Larry Birns ...

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Fellow Traveler

Friday, January 26, 2007

Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski died this week. Kapuscinski built his reputation as an unobtrusive, lyrical observer of seismic changes taking place throughout the developing world. But his narrative style also led to charges of blurring the line between fact and fiction.

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The Mourning After

Friday, October 13, 2006

Last weekend, investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya was found dead in the elevator of her Moscow apartment building -- shot in the head at close range. No one knows who killed her or why, though few doubt it had something to do with her documentation of human rights abuses. Dissident and ...

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Fox in the Whitehouse

Friday, April 28, 2006

It used to be quite common for presidents to reach into the ranks of the press corps to find their spokesmen. But for almost three decades now, press secretaries have come with P.R. bona fides – not journalistic ones. Bush’s appointment this week of Fox News TV and radio personality ...

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Jungle Love

Friday, April 21, 2006

February, 1957: Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro is assumed by his government and many news outlets to be dead. In fact, Castro is hiding in the jungle and eager to meet with an American journalist. A cable is sent to New York Times editorial writer Herbert L. Matthews, urging him to ...

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It’s a Dirt-y Job

Friday, April 14, 2006

The Big Apple is powered by gossip, but the electrical grid nearly overloaded last week when the best gossip was about the gossips themselves. The case continues to be fought in the court of public opinion as nearly every paper spills ink bemoaning our lurid fascination with those who live ...

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News Scrap (It's On!)

Friday, March 10, 2006

Keith Olbermann, host of MSNBC's Countdown, has a weekly segment called "the worst person in the world," and frequently awards that honor to Bill O'Reilly, of Fox's O'Reilly Factor. Recently, O'Reilly cracked. He said anyone who spoke Olbermann's name on his program would hear from Fox security and apparently, at ...

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Into the Fray

Friday, February 03, 2006

The past year has been a tumultuous one for administrators of public broadcasting, and programmers have had to fend off accusations of political bias. Into the embers of the skirmish steps Paula Kerger, who's just been chosen as the new president and CEO of the Public Broadcasting Service. Bob speaks ...

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Stand Up and Take It

Friday, February 03, 2006

Over the years, Bob Garfield has been many things. Shoe-leather beat reporter. Itinerant NPR storyteller. Acerbic columnist and take-no-prisoners critic; media and advertising big-shots cower at the rattle of his pen. He's aspired to country music stardom and Hollywood fame, and still, he doesn't rest. And so when the call ...

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Self Worth

Friday, January 13, 2006

$1.13 trillion. That's the net worth of America's 400 richest people, according to the magazine's 2005 tally. But is the Forbes 400 to be trusted? Brooke talks to New York Times business reporter Timothy O'Brien about the list's shaky underpinnings, and about the obsession it constitutes for one of its ...

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William Proxmire, 1915-2005

Friday, December 16, 2005

Before there was Senator John McCain, there was Senator William Proxmire. Like McCain, he often stood apart from his party, favored campaign finance reform… and was a media darling. Proxmire died on Thursday at the age of 90. Brooke reminisces about the Wisconsin Senator's long career of media stunts, born ...

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Go West, Young Man

Friday, December 09, 2005

In May, we spoke to the editor of the Spokane Spokesman-Review, which had just netted the city's mayor in an online sex sting. This week, Spokane voters recalled Mayor Jim West in a special election.

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Lloyd's Sourcery

Friday, December 02, 2005

When Supreme Court Justice Scalia spoke recently at Time Warner headquarters, he insisted it be "off the record." And so gossip columnist Lloyd Grove, who attended the event, published a "hypothetical" account, describing what Scalia "might have said." Bob and Lloyd discuss his end-run around the rules.

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Tabula Rosa

Friday, October 28, 2005

As the nation mourned the death of Rosa Parks this week, most obituaries focused on the story we all know: how the humble seamstress changed history by refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. But while that account is accurate, it's only part of ...

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Along Came a Waiver

Friday, September 30, 2005

Brooke muses on the sudden release of Judith Miller from a Virginia detention center, after 85 days behind bars for refusing to testify in the long-running CIA leak investigation. Did Miller waver?

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Don't Drop the Anchor

Friday, August 12, 2005

The news media took time out this week to honor one of its own. As news organizations pondered the life and legacy of Peter Jennings, there seemed to be one especially recurrent theme. Jennings was the last of the big three, we were told, and with him passes the Era ...

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