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Who is Alexis Debat?

Friday, September 21, 2007

The most recent tale of journalistic fraud features Washington D.C. insider and former ABC News consultant, Alexis Debat. Debat has claimed many affiliations and accomplishments (notably an interview with Barack Obama published in Politique Internationale) which have since been discredited. Mother Jones national security correspondent Laura ...

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Debat Debacle

Friday, September 21, 2007

When folks at ABC News learned of Debat’s embellished resume in May, they asked him to resign immediately and investigated his work, but did not inform their audience. Now, in light of news this week of Debat’s faked interviews, ABC is conducting a second

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Seeing Red

Friday, June 01, 2007

We all remember the Hollywood Ten, the industry blacklist instigated by political demagogues. But there was also a broadcast blacklist, spearheaded by five little-known crusaders. Historian David Everitt explains how these self-styled communist-hunters bent the broadcasting industry to their will.

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Time-Shifting Paradigm

Friday, June 01, 2007

This week, Nielsen released ratings that for the first time include DVR watchers. Broadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie explains how it will help networks and advertisers reposition themselves in the new world of time-shifters.

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Pulling Back the Curtain

Friday, May 25, 2007

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes here at OTM? (Hint: Not everybody speaks as cleanly as it might seem.) A few years ago, we invited reporter John Solomon backstage to see how the sausage is made.

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Ratings vs. Reputation

Friday, April 20, 2007

NBC News’s decision to broadcast Cho Seung-Hui’s final message earned the network major ratings, and a heap of criticism. But you had to look north of the border to find a major news outlet that didn’t follow NBC’s lead. CBC editor in chief Tony Burman explains ...

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Color Commentary

Friday, April 13, 2007

Black vernacular has so pervaded the wider culture that even older white men like Don Imus want to claim it. But American Skin author Leon Wynter says African-Americans themselves may no longer be able to afford their own self-deprecating humor.

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One if by FCC

Friday, February 23, 2007

This week, XM and Sirius announced plans to merge. The deal still awaits approval by regulators, whose license of the satellite radio companies explicitly forbids their merger. But despite the hurdles, telecom analyst Blair Levin says it’s likely a go.

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The Greening of America

Friday, February 23, 2007

Three years old and in bankruptcy, Air America lurches along. The brothers Green are buying the network, but industry watcher Brian Maloney says they’re not really buying anything at all.

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Hate The Player, Not The Game

Friday, January 12, 2007

Fox News Channel is still cable news’ leader of the pack, but the competition is gaining fast. Some commentators see Fox’s ratings decline as a repudiation of partisan, fear-mongering media. But Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi says hate media is alive ...

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Troubadour of Truthiness

Friday, December 22, 2006

Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert has nominated himself to represent “You,” the winners of Time Magazine's person-of-the-year honors. He kids of course, but Brooke suggests there is some truthiness to it, too.

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The Specials

Friday, December 22, 2006

Since they were first broadcast some four decades ago, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” have become as much a part of the season as tinsel and mistletoe. Reporters Alex Goldmark and Rachel McCarthy explore what makes the classic Christmas specials so... ...

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Les Misunderstood

Friday, December 08, 2006

Watch out BBC, CNN, and Al Jazeera, there’s a new 24-hour news channel in town. “France 24” launched this week. Journalism professor Jack Doppelt talks about the commercial viability of exporting Frenchness to the world.

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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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All That Jaz

Friday, November 17, 2006

Move over, BBC – there’s a new game in town. This week, Al Jazeera finally launched its new English-language service. Al Jazeera English has correspondents stationed all over the world, and is fronted by some very well-known newsmen. But that wasn’t enough to win it a cable deal ...

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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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The Remote's Golden Jubilee

Friday, October 13, 2006

Fifty years ago, the television viewing experience was forever altered by the introduction of the wireless television remote. This week, Bob and Brooke celebrate the all-powerful magic wand-- by fighting over it.

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Faker-- and Harder

Friday, October 13, 2006

If viewers of Comedy Central's Daily Show tend to be "stoned slackers," at least they're informed stoned slackers. That's the upshot of a recent study from Indiana University. It found that at least as far as hard news is concerned, the "fake news" show is every bit as substantive as ...

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Picturing the Worst

Friday, October 06, 2006

The assault this week in Pennsylvania’s Amish country was the sixth deadly school shooting in as many weeks. Media commentators are pointing to the possibility of a copycat effect, but few are examining the media’s own complicity therein. School violence researcher Loren Coleman tells Bob that a little more restraint ...

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