Over the Weekend

Some musings on media happenings over the weekend:

  • The White House may be shunning Fox News, but its surrogates are still pushing the administration's line. Rhode Island's senior senator, Jack Reed, was on Fox News Sunday this weekend doing battle with Rudy Giuliani over Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to try some of the alleged 9/11 terrorists in civilian court. And Reed came out on top, due in no small part to Chris Wallace's tough questioning of Giuliani. Who knew Fox could be so fair and balanced?
  • Up in Massachusetts, Martha Coakley and Michael Capuano - both candidates for the late Ted Kennedy's seat in the Senate - have clashed over health care reform, with Coakley saying she would not vote for a bill that included abortion restrictions and Capuano taking a more nuanced - and muddled - view. Patrick Kennedy, who has clashed with the Catholic Church over abortion and health care reform, is weighing in on that race - suggesting his father would have voted for reform, even with the abortion restrictions.
  • Speaking of that clash with the church, the Boston Globe's Joan Vennochi says Bishop Thomas J. Tobin's hammering of Representative Patrick Kennedy signals a shift in the always-complex relationship between the church and the nation's most famous Catholic family. Scott MacKay, over at WRNI, has his own take on the spat - coming down squarely on Kennedy's side. I'll have my own in this week's Phoenix.
  • And speaking of WRNI, reporter Ian Donnis' piece on prostitution in Rhode Island made NPR's national news show this weekend - more evidence of an increasingly robust report from a station that long struggled to find its place.
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