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Kill Transmission

Friday, December 01, 2006

Can a TV station be a terrorist entity? Mark Dubowitz of the Coalition Against Terrorist Media says the State Department was right to ban transmission of Al Manar, the media outlet of Lebanon-based Hezbollah. Worried about the First Amendment? You’re not the only one.

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Paper Wait

Friday, December 01, 2006

This week, NBC started referring to the violence in Iraq as “civil war.” The New York Times cautiously edged closer to that terminology. NYT executive editor Bill Keller explains the editorial and political reasons for allowing reporters and editors to call it ...

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Don’t Wanna Be Your Dog

Friday, November 24, 2006

One constituency that will benefit from the Democratic takeover of Congress is journalists. At least that’s what National Journal columnist William Powers says. It’s not that Dems appeal to journalists’ own sympathies exactly, but that they’re prone to infighting and hijinks, both of which make for good ...

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Playing One On TV

Friday, November 24, 2006

Increasingly, print journalists are joining TV's ranks of talking heads. Punditry comes easy to some reporters. But not everybody is born to bloviate. And so one Washington P.R. firm is training journalists with little or no TV experience for their star turns as pundits. OTM's John Solomon attended ...

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Black, White & Red All Over

Friday, November 24, 2006

On November 10, 1898, a mob of white supremacists ransacked the city of Wilmington, North Carolina, and toppled its biracial government. 108 years later, The Charolotte Observer and Raleigh’s News & Observer are apologizing for their role in fomenting the violence. Duke

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The Power of Myth

Friday, November 24, 2006

Election-night graphics had barely faded from TV screens before the media rushed in to explain what the vote meant. One narrative was that the Republican base turned against its party because it felt betrayed. Another was that the electorate was registering its disgust with the war. ...

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Best Of Times, Worst of Times

Friday, November 17, 2006

These are dark days for the newspaper industry. Almost every week brings news of worse profits and more job cuts. But a handful of family-owned papers, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, have managed to insulate themselves from Wall ...

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Borderline Journalism

Friday, November 17, 2006

Lou Dobbs has his story, and he’s sticking to it. Every evening, the host of CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight features reports under headings like “Broken Borders” and “War on the Middle Class.” And people are responding – in the past three years, his audience has skyrocketed. ...

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Gettin' Lou'd

Friday, November 17, 2006

Andrea Batista Schlesinger is somewhat obsessed with CNN’s Lou Dobbs. As executive director of the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, she shares many of Dobbs’ concerns about the middle-class squeeze. After writing him an open letter earlier this year, she was invited to be a guest on ...

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