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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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Keeping Secrets

Friday, August 05, 2005

New York Times reporter William L. Laurence witnessed the dropping of the atomic bomb, flying with American troops over Nagasaki while the bomb was dropped. He won the Pulitzer Prize for a series of stories he subsequently published, many of which included details about the development and production of the ...

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Remembering Roche

Friday, July 29, 2005

Ever since Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide was deposed last year, violence has wracked the country. At least 600 people have died at the hands of armed gangs in the past year, and in recent months, random kidnappings have been common. Most end with a ransom payment, but not in the ...

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Letters from Kiev

Friday, July 29, 2005

This week, Ukraine's President Victor Yushchenko chewed out a reporter for asking questions about his son's incongruously lavish lifestyle. In response, some 200 Ukrainian journalists signed a strongly-worded letter protesting the reporter's treatment. And Yushchenko responded with a letter of his own. A sign of tough times ahead for journalism ...

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A Novel Approach

Friday, July 15, 2005

This week, the L.A. Times ran a five part series, telling the story of a young boxer as she fights the odds to victory. The series looks to narrative non-fiction for its structure, reading like a novel and placing the he-said, she-said of attributions in footnotes at the end. Bob ...

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The Ransom Method

Friday, July 08, 2005

When Daniel Solis and Greg Stolze invented a game called "Meatbot Massacre," they weren't quite sure how to market it. So they decided to hold it ransom. When potential gamers had sent a total of $600 to the creators, the game was released to anyone who wanted to play it. ...

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False Dichotomy

Friday, March 25, 2005

Anybody watching TV coverage of the Terri Schiavo legal wrangling this week was most likely left with the impression of a nation divided down the middle over what should be done. But that picture doesn't match public opinion poll data, which suggest an overwhelming majority of Americans side with Shiavo's ...

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Don't Let the Beat Stop

Friday, November 12, 2004

This month, the legendary Jimmy Breslin retired from writing his thrice weekly column for Newsday. For over forty years, his column entertained and infuriated readers with tales of colorful New York City characters, and the occasional bombshell investigative story. Jon Kalish compiled this profile of a man famous for his ...

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The Sound of Ashcroft

Friday, November 12, 2004

This week, John Ashcroft tendered his resignation as Attorney General of the United States. From his fractious confirmation, through September 11th and the passage of the Patriot Act, he has left a lasting legal legacy. Goodbyes are never easy, but as Ashcroft sings his swan song, Bob takes the opportunity ...

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The Pistol and the Olive Branch

Friday, November 12, 2004

For 40 years the father of the Palestinian independence movement, Yasir Arafat carefully cultivated – some might say crafted – an effective image as the face and symbol of his people’s struggle. If everything is controversial when it comes to Arafat, it is also contradictory. Depending on which Arafat you ...

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Can't Cover the Bulge

Friday, October 15, 2004

When George W. walked out on the stage in Arizona this week, viewers at home could be forgiven for copping a peek at the president's back. Whether or not they could see something there, between the shoulder blades, under the suit jacket, probably depended on their predisposition to a certain ...

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Arnold's Press

Sunday, August 08, 2004

One year ago this week, the seemingly impossible became inevitable: the Terminator became the Governator. The entertainment media have hit the jackpot with this story, but the traditional statehouse press is having a hard time accessing the new chief. Brooke talks about Schwarzenegger's press strategy with Peter Nicholas, statehouse correspondent ...

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Judging Judy

Sunday, August 08, 2004

There are more developments in the FBI's search for the source of the Bob Novak column that outed CIA agent Valerie Plame. This week: The Feds vs. The New York Times.

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Not the Juiciest

Friday, June 11, 2004

This weekend marks the ten-year anniversary of the murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson, a crime that culminated in the century's last "Trial of the Century." The televised proceedings of O.J.'s murder trial mesmerized America for nine months. But Slate.com Senior Editor Dahlia Lithwick can't quite figure out ...

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A Perfect Vehicle for Criticism

Friday, April 09, 2004

This week the annual Pulitzer prizes were awarded, and among the many worthy recipients, the unlikeliest was Dan Neil, car critic for the Los Angeles Times. Unlikely, because with one exception, the criticism award has always gone to critics of the arts. But also because auto reviews tend to be ...

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Alistair Cooke, Remembered

Friday, April 02, 2004

Legendary broadcaster Alistair Cooke died this week at the age of 95. For most Americans, Cooke was known as the erudite host of the PBS series Masterpiece Theatre. But for his fellow Britons, Cooke was much more esteemed for his weekly radio dispatches from across the pond, in the BBC's ...

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Mourning Edition

Friday, March 26, 2004

When you spin the radio dial, you know when you've hit National Public Radio. Its particular voice has been loved, derided and parodied for years. This week, NPR announced that one of its signature voices will make way for a new one. After 25 years as host of Morning Edition, ...

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Jack Paar's Legacy

Friday, January 30, 2004

This week, one of television's formative personalities passed away. During his reign at the helm of the Tonight Show between 1957 and 1962, Jack Paar chatted with rising stars and established ones. In the process, he showed America the human side of some of the world's most famous and powerful ...

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Buried in Media

Friday, January 02, 2004

Last week, we got news of a catastrophic earthquake in Iran, a fatal mudslide and another earthquake in California, and a deadly avalanche in Utah. This week, there was another landslide, of sorts, in New York. A Bronx man was rescued after being trapped for two days under a pile ...

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Hi-Jacko'ed

Friday, November 21, 2003

On Thursday, the cable news networks were manic with breaking news. Anchors stoically yanked viewers from one story to another, alternately reporting on twin bombings in Istanbul, street protests in Miami, President Bush's visit to London, and Michael Jackson's impending surrender to California authorities. But the networks' schizophrenia couldn't last, ...

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