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Gun Shy

Friday, March 11, 2005

For years, gun ownership has been one of the most persistent and polarizing aspects of America's "culture war." But have the media done justice to both sides of the issue? Some journalists have admitted that mainstream media tend to stereotype hunters and gun collectors as raging lunatics. Which, in turn, ...

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Spies in the House of Lost Love

Friday, November 19, 2004

All's not well in Langley. That's the impression, at least, created by headlines in recent weeks. This week, two high-level CIA officials joined the exodus of malcontents from the agency that was triggered by the naming of Porter Goss as the CIA's new chief. But the way the story has ...

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Hacks 'R' Us

Friday, November 12, 2004

Sick and tired of the mindless pap that constitutes campaign coverage, New York Press columnist Matt Taibbi finally decided to take action. This year, he launched the First Quadrennial Election Hack Invitational. The goal of the tournament was to determine America’s worst political reporter, the wretch who truly deserves the ...

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The C-Word

Friday, November 05, 2004

It begins with C, rhymes with grunt, and refers to female anatomy. And its origins and usage were the subject of a freelancer’s story in the Chicago Tribune last week. But when editors decided that the story shouldn’t run after all, it was already too late, and staffers had to ...

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The Lie Downers

Friday, October 29, 2004

Try as they might, political journalists just can't seem to get past the horse race. There's been just as much (if not more) tactical coverage this year as ever. But there is one bright spot this time around, and that's the proliferation of fact-checking. Brooks Jackson, founder of factcheck.org, joins ...

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Market vs. Message

Friday, October 22, 2004

Two weeks ago, Sinclair Broadcasting Group unleashed a hornet's nest when it ordered its 62 local TV stations to air a documentary attacking John Kerry's anti-Vietnam War activities. Advertisers pulled out in the face of a boycott threat, and Sinclair's stock plummeted. This week, Sinclair appeared to backtrack, announcing it ...

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Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better

Friday, October 22, 2004

Have you ever watched the candidates slip up at the stump, and concluded that if given the chance, you could do better? Whether it's Bush talking about the "hard work" of the presidency or Kerry invoking the phrase "global test," many of us have imagined ourselves in the driver's seat ...

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Media Meddlers

Friday, October 15, 2004

The presidential race dominated the news in the American media last week. Newspapers in Europe were following the race as well. Brooke gets an international perspective from Ed Finn, who writes about the foreign press for Slate.com.

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Measure for Measure

Friday, October 15, 2004

Throughout the last few weeks of hotly-contested presidential debates, a quieter debate has centered on the media's role in covering the stage shows. Slowly but surely, journalists have started checking the candidates' claims against the facts. But are all misrepresentations born equal? A recent internal memo at ABC News urged ...

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A Public Betrayed

Friday, October 01, 2004

Japan has the world’s second largest economy and a flourishing democracy. But one thing this democracy lacks is a responsible press. The country’s dailies provide little more than government-approved press releases, and the weekly tabloids offer shocking exposes of dubious truth. That’s according to the new book “A Public Betrayed: ...

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Re: The Longest Sixty Minutes

Friday, September 24, 2004

More plot twists this week in what's been called the CBS "Docu-Drama." Dan Rather apologized for his network's irresponsibility, rumors swirled about the origins of the forged documents, and CBS created a panel to investigate. Bob gives a sampling of the response to our own coverage of the scandal, and ...

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Who Said What Now?

Friday, September 17, 2004

When high-ranking government sources refuse to go on the record, what's a reporter to do? All too often, they're given no choice but to dub the official with the perennial anonymous catchall: "senior administration official." So how is a reader to deduce which official is which? Harry Jaffe, national editor ...

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How to Cover a Hurricane

Friday, September 10, 2004

Hurricane season is only half-over and already dozens of Americans have been killed by two powerful storms. Now a third, nicknamed Ivan, is hurtling towards Florida, causing consternation on the part of everyone in its path. Everyone, that is, except for the media. Every hurricane season, local TV stations respond ...

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Journalists as People

Friday, September 10, 2004

A good portion of 21st-century news consumers no longer believe in objectivity. They know it isn't possible. And yet the public expects reporters to always play it down the middle, delivering the facts and only the facts, unencumbered by bias. But to what lengths should reporters go? Can they report ...

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Eyes (and Ears) of the Storm

Friday, September 10, 2004

Last year, as the last hurricane with an "I" name bared down on the Carolina coast, TV viewers across the country could follow its every move. But why exactly did news organizations nowhere near Isabel's path feel the need to dispatch reporters to the center of the gale? Bob put ...

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Stealing Our Reality

Friday, September 03, 2004

A recent Bush administration report attributing climate change to human activities got a fair amount of coverage in the media. But the press hasn’t always been up to the task of covering the climate change issue. Ross Gelbspan, author of the new book Boiling Point, tells Brooke how industry-funded “greenhouse ...

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John McCrossover

Friday, September 03, 2004

By Wednesday evening, the RNC podium was practically dripping with partisan invective. But the week started out with one Republican whose appeal crosses America’s political divide. John McCain has been heralded by the left as a true compassionate conservative while the media have touted his straight-talking style. Now he’s vigorously ...

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The Yes Men

Friday, September 03, 2004

Since the sixties, the role of the protester has been fairly static. Disaffected citizens assemble en masse to chant and carry signs. Police corral protesters with threat of force. Sometimes violence erupts, sometimes it doesn’t. But this week in New York, it seemed that the Republicans were prepared to play ...

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Protesting the Coverage

Friday, September 03, 2004

While 15,000 journalists were assigned to cover the events inside Madison Square Garden, outside on the streets of New York City another story was unfolding, as hundreds of thousands of people congregated to protest against the Bush administration. But you may not have noticed the demonstrations if you were only ...

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Rule Change

Friday, September 03, 2004

Since the Bush Administration took power three and a half years ago, it has drastically reshaped federal policy on health, worker safety, the environment, and energy. But many of these changes have gone unnoticed, largely because they have been instituted as regulation, rather than legislation. The Washington Post recently published ...

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