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Torturous Wording

Friday, June 26, 2009

Last week, NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard caused a minor uproar after responding to angry emails from listeners over NPR's use of the phrase "enhanced interrogation techniques" to describe treatment of terrorism suspects under the Bush Administration. Shepard talks about NPR's policy and her own opinion on the use ...

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Getting A Second Opinion

Friday, June 26, 2009

When ABC broadcast its exclusive health-care-reform town hall meeting with President Obama on Wednesday, one group cried foul. The Media Fairness Caucus, newly formed with some 40 Republican House members, wrote to ABC News president David Westin to complain that Obama wouldn't, couldn't be challenged enough to satisfy ...

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Pitch Perfect

Friday, May 22, 2009

It seems the lowly infomercial is finally enjoying its moment in the sun. So far this year it has garnered a book, a reality show and even a television documentary by CNBC. We asked our producer Mike Vuolo to find out what is so ...

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Qapla!

Friday, May 15, 2009

In September 1966, Gene Roddenberry dispatched the crew of the Starship Enterprise on its maiden voyage through space and time and into the American living room. It was an inauspicious start, but forty years later the Star Trek universe is still expanding. The new film debuted last weekend ...

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Tea Time All The Time

Friday, April 17, 2009

Fox News’ relentless promotion, some might say co-sponsorship, of this week’s tax day tea parties made us wonder: did Fox News cover the events or help to create them? Brooke takes a look at the coverage.

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On the Outs

Friday, March 06, 2009

Rush Limbaugh's keynote speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in DC last weekend received much media attention and left pundits wondering if he's the de facto leader of the republican party? A question the White House was more than happy to discuss. But ...

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Meet the New Boss

Friday, March 06, 2009

It's a difficult time to lead any media company and it's no different at National Public Radio. NPR's new President and CEO Vivian Schiller took the reins in January, shortly after a round of layoffs and the cancellation of two shows. Schiller talks about ...

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Tomorrow's Tonight

Friday, February 27, 2009

Conan O'Brien is poised to take his place as the new host of The Tonight Show. But as Bob explains, 11:30 PM on NBC isn't what it used to be.

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Boxed In

Friday, February 27, 2009

Last week Boxee, a company whose new software makes it easier than ever to watch internet video, was ordered by Hulu to stop using their content. Journalist Paul Smalera says this won't be the last shot fired in the battle for TV-internet convergence.

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The Die is Cast

Friday, February 20, 2009

Comcast is now the cable monopoly in 40 of the top 50 markets. It’s the third largest phone company in the US, and the largest provider of broadband internet to homes, with nearly 15 million customers, many of whom apparently hate Comcast. Wired Magazine senior writer Daniel Roth

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Digital Killed the Analog Star

Friday, February 20, 2009

This week, TV stations began the switch from analogue broadcasts to digital. Legislators and viewers have had three years to prepare for the change, yet it was fraught with complications. Kim Hart, a Washington Post reporter, explains why.

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Prosecutorial Discretion

Friday, February 13, 2009

When it comes to investigative reporting of criminal activity, news organizations have traditionally worked parallel to, not in collaboration with, law enforcement, lest journalists be viewed as agents of the government. Why then is NBC ambushing alleged war criminals with foreign prosecutors in tow? Goucher College president Sanford ...

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The Face Never Lies

Friday, January 23, 2009

The new FOX show "Lie To Me" follows a psychologist who can detect a lie by watching a person's minute facial gestures and body movements. Sounds implausible, except that much of it is real. The show's main character is based on the life and work of

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Money Talks

Friday, November 28, 2008

Pharmaceutical companies spend millions on marketing. Some of those dollars end up in the hands of doctors, researchers and in one case, a public radio host from "The Infinite Mind." An article in Slate back in May led to an investigation by Sen. Charles Grassley, whose findings ended ...

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Cover Ups

Friday, October 17, 2008

Should reporters lie or misrepresent themselves in order to get an important story? Undercover reporting has long been an effective, exciting and, some would argue, necessary journalistic tool. But at a time when the public's trust in the press is waning, can journalists afford to lie? ...

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NBC's Olympics Experiment

Friday, August 01, 2008

NBC News has called its Olympic coverage "the most ambitious single media project in history." But the real ambition is in how NBC plans to experiment with Olympics ratings in the hopes of changing the advertising business model on network TV. Grant Robertson of Toronto’s Globe and Mail

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July 25, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Campaigning against the media, commenting on comments and Chandra Levy revisited

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Dammit Janet!

Friday, July 25, 2008

A court ruled this week that the FCC can't fine CBS for the 2004 Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction." Are we in for an era of foul language and nudity on America's airwaves? Adam Thierer, Senior Fellow with the Progress & Freedom Foundation, offers analysis.

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Public Relations Retaliation

Friday, July 11, 2008

Last week Fox News aired doctored photos of a New York Times reporter and editor in retaliation for a story Fox didn't like. The New York Times' David Carr wrote about the incident and exposed the unusually aggressive tactics the Fox News public relations team sometimes uses against ...

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The Olbermann Effect

Friday, June 06, 2008

The presidential nominees have finally emerged, but the real victor this primary season is cable news. Especially MSNBC, whose ratings have spiked dramatically. The New York Times’ Brian Stelter says the high ratings may come with a cost, but MSNBC’s Executive in Charge Phil Griffin dismisses ...

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