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NEWS OF PANDEMONIUM

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News for the Media Savvy
October 5, 2005

NEWS OF PANDEMONIUM MAY HAVE SLOWED AID

Five weeks after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to New Orleans, some local, state and federal officials have come to believe that exaggerations of mayhem by officials and rumors repeated uncritically in the news media helped slow the response to the disaster and tarnish the image of many of its victims.

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E-VOTING REPORT COULD PUSH AUDIT TRAILS

An election commission headed by former President Jimmy Carter and former secretary of state James A. Baker III drew attention last month by proposing that voters be outfitted with national identification cards. But a less-noticed recommendation could accelerate reform efforts in state legislatures: Improving the security of electronic voting machines by outfitting them with a voter-verifiable paper audit trail.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1297

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WEATHER SERVICE GETS MEDIA MUZZLE

The Department of Commerce has issued a blanket media policy to employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), requiring that all requests for contact from national media be first approved by the Department.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1303

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A GHOST IN THE MEDIA MACHINE

"State-run media" is a phrase normally reserved for regimes such as North Korea that manipulate and censor all public information. Media in the United States were thought to be immune to such autocratic control, but recent maneuvers by the Bush administration should make Americans wonder how free our press actually is.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1298

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MILLER CHATS WITH CNN'S DOBBS, CALLS JAIL 'DEMEANING'

CNN's Lou Dobbs was perhaps Judith Miller's biggest TV supporter during her 85 days in jail, and the New York Times reporter recognized this Tuesday, granting him an exclusive interview. Miller called the detention facility in Alexandria, Va., "the most soulless place I had ever been."

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1312

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LESSONS OF THE MILLER AFFAIR

I have no idea what further investigation will reveal about the discussions in the summer of 2003 between Miller and Libby. But I wouldn't be surprised if the evidence showed what's already obvious -- that she and Libby both cared deeply about whether Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and were frustrated by the failure to find any.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1313

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NEWS COMES IN CODE: JUDY MILLER'S RETURN TO THE TIMES

Just one man's opinion, but now is a good time to say it: The New York Times is not any longer--in my mind--the greatest newspaper in the land. Nor is it the base line for the public narrative that it once was. Some time in the least year or so I moved the Washington Post into that position...

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1308

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EDITOR IS ARRESTED IN AFGHANISTAN

The editor of a women's rights magazine in Afghanistan has been arrested after publishing articles deemed blasphemous.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1314

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BREAKING THE SILENCE

Rania al-Baz's popularity as a TV news presenter was always an implicit threat to Saudi Arabia's repressive, male-dominated culture. But it wasn't until her husband beat her so badly he thought he had killed her - and she decided to publish the photos of her injuries - that she really shook Saudi society. She talks to Ed Vulliamy about what happened when she dared to challenge the culture of violence against women.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1309

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NEPAL: IMPRISONED JOURNALIST DIES

Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the death of imprisoned journalist Maheshwor Pahari from tuberculosis last night after the authorities repeatedly refused to treat him. He was aged just 30.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1317

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SAUDI AGENCY BLOCKS ACCESS TO BLOGGER.COM

Reporters Without Borders called on the Internet Services Unit (ISU), the agency that manages Web filtering in Saudi Arabia, to explain why the weblog creation and hosting service blogger.com has been made inaccessible since 3 October, preventing Saudi bloggers from updating their blogs.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1316

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CALL-IN SHOW IS MUST-HEAR RADIO FOR INMATES CUT OFF FROM FAMILY

Prisoners at Abu Ghraib in Iraq drop everything to listen for messages from friends and relatives. To many, the program is a lifeline.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1318

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WILL FREE GOOGLE WIFI KILL LOCAL NEWSPAPERS?

Google's WiFi service will be able to deliver ads literally on a block-by-block basis. Hop onto a free Google hot spot, and ads may tell you about a good lunch deal around the corner, a sale at a nearby sporting goods store, cut-rate discounts at a local electronics shop. It could deliver localized classified ads, as well, which are the financial mainstay of many local papers.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1311

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GEEK CAVALRIES TURN POST-KATRINA LANDSCAPE INTO WIRELESS LAB

Just as Katrina proved the vulnerability of traditional telephone and cellular networks, it also showed how Internet-based technologies could be used to speedily re-establish links with the outside world.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1296

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REPORT FINDS WIRELESS INDUSTRY POISED FOR SIGNIFICANT GROWTH

The wireless industry is a significant U.S. economic driver and is poised to create up to 3 million jobs and save $600 billion over 10 years, according to a new report from Ovum, a London-based telecommunications consultancy.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1304

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STUDY GAUGES TV, COMPUTER USAGE BY ETHNICITY

The study shows that television plays "a more important social role" among both black and Hispanic households than it does among white households. Conversely, the data shows that white households own more personal computers and more pay for high-speed Internet connectivity than do black or Hispanic households.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1302

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MEDIA, MEDIA EVERYWHERE, NO TIME LEFT TO THINK?

Some experts question whether as consumers are swamped by information, they lose the ability to decipher fact from rumor, or find it hard to think through what they hear.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1300

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QUESTIONS, ANSWERS WITH MURROW'S COLLEAGUE

"Murrow remains a symbol of the greatest in journalism, a dedication to the truth. Every once in a while you see a (Jayson Blair), something that has happened in journalism and it has to do with the final effect of a generation of people raised on television who are not really sure anymore what a fact is and what truth is. It is some kind of virtual reality." -- Daniel Schorr

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1315

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SURVIVING THE SHRINKING NEWS CYCLE

Should producers assume their viewers haven't seen the headlines, and orient their coverage accordingly? Or should they assume they have, and try to do something new?

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1310

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ALL IS NOT WELL ON SESAME STREET

Despite the Republican congressional leadership's best efforts to the contrary, funding has been restored for public broadcasting. But there is still much damage to undo and ill winds to deflect from our national debate on the future of public media.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1293

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VIACOM'S NICKELODEON TO FEDS: DON'T STOP US FROM TARGETING KIDS WITH INTERACTIVE JUNKFOOD ADS

Viacom's Nickelodeon is leading a campaign of intimidation to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from implementing safeguards designed to protect children under twelve years old from the excesses of TV and online marketing.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1295

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NY TIMES FALSELY REPORTED THAT MIERS CONTRIBUTED TO "ABORTION RIGHTS" GROUP

In an October 4 article headlined "Miers Was Leader in Effort Within Bar to Rescind Support for Abortion," New York Times Washington bureau staff writer Robin Toner reported that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers "gave $150 to an abortion rights group's dinner in Texas in 1989." In fact, Miers's $150 contribution went to Texans United for Life -- an organization that opposed abortion.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1301

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MIERS' NOMINATION OVERSHADOWS NEW INDICTMENTS FOR DELAY

The announcement of Harriet Miers as Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court yesterday pushed news of additional indictments of Representative Tom DeLay (R-TX) to the background.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1307

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THE WHITE HOUSE LOOKS TO IMPROVE IRAQ NEWS

The White House is embarking on a new effort to try to leaven the bleak accounts emerging from Iraq. Administration officials tell TIME that Steve Schmidt, counselor to Vice President Cheney and one of the White House's most aggressive strategists, will leave for Baghdad early this week to spend up to a month assessing media relations in the war zone.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1306

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TAKE ACTION: PROSECUTE WHITE HOUSE PROPAGANDA CRIMES

Last week, an official government investigation determined that the Bush Administration broke the law when it used taxpayer dollars to hire fake journalists like Armstrong Williams to promote its political agenda. Add your name to a letter that FreePress is sending to Congress and the Justice Department demanding prosecution.

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http://mediachannel.org/blog/node/1299

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