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Pledge This!

Friday, August 27, 2004

Just in time for the end of summer, OTM reaches back into the vaults to retrieve this day-in-the-life tale of struggling public radio station WACLU. The extended parody chronicles the tribulations of WACLU ("87.1 - All the way to the left"), which broadcasts its news-and-dulcimer music format from small studios ...

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Identity Crisis

Friday, August 20, 2004

Americans nationwide reacted with shock last week when New Jersey governor James McGreevey came out of the closet on live TV. But there was little surprise on the part of the state's press corps. Rumors about McGreevey's sexuality and his "special relationship" with advisor Golan Cipel had been circulating for ...

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Izzy Rules

Friday, August 20, 2004

Fifteen years ago this summer, American journalism lost one of its greatest practitioners. I.F. Stone worked for many newspapers, but always refused to play by the rules of the Washington press corps. Still, Izzy Stone was ahead on covering McCarthyism, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Vietnam War. OTM producer ...

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We Don't Need No Stinking I-Visas

Friday, August 13, 2004

Over the past year and a half, some 20 foreign journalists have been detained and deported by immigration authorities upon arrival in the U.S. Their crime was that they came without what's known as an Information Visa. The rule requiring journalists to procure "I-Visas" has been on the books for ...

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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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Analyze What?

Sunday, August 08, 2004

First-hand accounts from the war zone are the raw material of journalism, but context and analysis are just as important for those of us at home trying to make sense of the situation. And with correspondents on the ground in Iraq increasingly hampered by the risk to their own skins, ...

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Mooning the Media

Friday, August 06, 2004

This past March, roughly a dozen legislators gathered in a Senate office building to honor the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's most durable media brand, The Washington Times. Or so they thought. Actually, they were there to crown Moon "humanity's Savior, Messiah, Returning Lord and True Parent." Reporter John Gorenfeld broke ...

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On Radio Row

Friday, July 30, 2004

From his perch high above the convention floor (but not as high as the blogging section), WNYC's talk-show host Brian Lehrer spent the week looking for the local aspects in the national story. He was one of the many members of "radio row" broadcasting back to listeners at home. Brian ...

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They Doth Protest Too Much

Friday, July 30, 2004

Earlier this month, a woman in France told the police she had been attacked on a train by a gang of immigrants who drew swastikas on her stomach and overturned her baby carriage. None of her fellow passengers, she reported, came to her rescue. The attack was immediately condemned by ...

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Out With the Old

Friday, July 23, 2004

There's a mutiny afoot at the Voice of America. This month, about half of VOA's staffers petitioned Congress, charging the agency's overseers, the Broadcasting Board of Governors, with irresponsibly dismantling the 62-year old service. Chief among their concerns is BBG’s decision to replace VOA's Arabic service with the much more ...

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More to Life than Books

Friday, July 16, 2004

New York Times readers this week were treated to a serialized printing of The Great Gatsby as a supplement in the paper. Critics who have bemoaned the downfall of pleasure reading in America were surely heartened by the newspaper's daily dose of literature. After all, we all know reading is ...

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He Told Us So

Friday, July 16, 2004

This spring, Beacon Press released an updated edition of Ben Bagdikian's The Media Monopoly. When it was first published, critics dismissed the book's grim portrayal of increasing media concentration as "alarmist." But twenty years later, it looks like Bagdikian's predictions were right on target. Bob talks with the author about ...

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Outfoxed

Friday, July 09, 2004

Much as it may surprise you, there are some who don't believe the Fox News Channel is fair and balanced. In fact, there are those who believe Fox News was conceived by News Corporation's Rupert Murdoch to be a house organ for the Republican Party. One such skeptic is Robert ...

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Outrage? Not so much

Friday, July 09, 2004

While the gatekeepers of American media hem and haw over what to do with the gory footage of war, news consumers in the Arab world are getting a steady stream of those very images via satellite television. And when it comes to things like hostage executions, says Arab media critic ...

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To Print or Not to Print

Friday, July 09, 2004

That is the question. Recently, news and photo editors have been forced to decide what to do with the gruesome images of hostages in Iraq that have been filtering back via the internet and other conduits. Some journalists, such as San Antonio Express-News editorial page editor Lynell Burkett, have taken ...

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Did You Hear?

Friday, June 11, 2004

Last fall, gossip columnist Lloyd Grove packed up and moved his operation from The Washington Post to The New York Daily News. And that set all the gossipers to gossiping about one of their own. Brooke took the opportunity to peek inside the world of professional dirt-dishing in the city ...

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Man on the Street

Friday, May 28, 2004

There’s a certain kind of story that calls for a few words from “the man on the street.” Greg Packer has been that man for over a decade. Counting individual articles in the Nexis database since 1994, Packer has been quoted or photographed at least 16 times on separate occasions ...

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McLuhan on McLuhan

Friday, April 16, 2004

It's been four decades since media theorist Marshall McLuhan published his seminal volume Understanding Media. But there are many among us media types who still don't have a clue as to what the guy was trying to say. Sure, we all know that the medium is the message, but what, ...

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Ratings Gamed

Friday, April 02, 2004

For at least two years now, the conventional wisdom has been that CNN is playing catch-up with FOX News. It's true that FOX continues to pull in better Nielsen ratings than its cable news competitor. But what, exactly, does that mean? As Steve Rendall of the media watchdog group Fairness ...

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Phone(y) Research

Friday, March 26, 2004

Most of what we know about what, when, and how much media is consumed by Americans we know from researchers at places like the Pew Research Center. And most of what they know comes from phone interviews with Americans themselves. Recently, skeptical researchers at Ball State University set out to ...

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