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  • September 30, 2005
    By webteam
    Okay. After 85 days, Judith Miller is now a free woman, released from custody yesterday after agreeing to testify before a grand jury after getting what she said was an unequivocal waiver from her source, who's been identified as Dick Cheney's chief of staff "Scooter" Libby.

    I guess the journalism world's official response is pretty much encompassed in this statement from the Committee to Protect Journalists

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  • September 29, 2005
    By webteam
    Even with all the time that people are supposedly spending online, the Nielsen folks tell us this:

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    Nielsen Reports Americans Watch TV at Record Levels



    NEW YORK, September 29, 2005: Nielsen Media Research reported today that the average American home watched more television the past TV season vs.







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  • September 29, 2005
    By webteam
    Ever since New York Times public editor Byron Calame wrote this Sunday column calling on the Times to print a correction about a Sept. 5 column concerning Geraldo Rivera, a little media parlor game has sprung up. (The Times this week did print a grudging Editors' Note).

    In the opening line of Calame's column, he characterized Rivera as "someone who might be best described by a four-letter word."

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  • September 29, 2005
    By webteam
    For those of you who recall Control Room, last year's excellent documentary about Al Jazeera's coverage of the war in Iraq by Egyptian-born, Harvard-educated filmmaker Jehane Noujaim, the surprise protagonist proved to be a U.S. military press officer named Josh Rushing.

    In the course of dealing with all sorts of war time media, the young and earnest Rushing learns a great deal about perspective and bias, admitting that he is learning to "hate war," and coming to understand that the flag-waving Fox News Channel and the slogan-spouting Al Jazeera are mirror images of each other -- playing to the constituents on the home front.

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  • September 28, 2005
    By webteam
    On one hand, this story in today's New York Post -- quoting Dan Rather saying that his CBS bosses won't let him re-open the discredited September 2004 "60 Minutes Wednesday" story on George Bush's service record -- may be a sure sign that Dan's future at the network is rather (no pun intended) limited.

    In this interview, Rather says he believes the story alleging Bush got preferential treatment in the military is true and suggests the network might have been set up -- two theories that have certainly been aired before.

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  • September 27, 2005
    By webteam
    After getting pressure from the paper's public editor Byron Calame and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, The New York Times today published this Editors' Note about Alessandra Stanley's Sept. 5 column stating that Geraldo Rivera had "nudged" a Hurricane Katrina rescue worker out of the way in New Orleans:

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  • September 27, 2005
    By webteam
    Good for The Boston Globe's Bob Hohler for getting today's fascinating story in which Sox ace Curt Schilling laments what has been the "very, very painful" and "hardest" year of his career and his wife Shonda says "he's not the same person and I don't know how to help him."

    But from the Sox point of view, isn't there something pretty weird about the timing? Here's a tired, nicked up team trying to charge to the finish line of a difficult season locked in a life-and-death battle with the Yankees that probably won't be resolved until this weekend and one of its biggest stars picks this moment to:



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  • September 27, 2005
    By webteam
    To no one's surprise -- at least among that small segment of the population that was paying attention -- GOP money lady Cheryl Halpern was elected chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting yesterday succeeding cultural warrior Kenneth Tomlinson, who conducted his own jihad against alleged liberal bias in public broadcasting, with particular focus on former "Now" host Bill Moyers.

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  • September 26, 2005
    By webteam
    Aside from the New York Times public editor Byron Calame's column yesterday calling for the paper to correct Alessandra Stanley's column about Geraldo Rivera, (see previous Media Log post) the National Association of Hispanic Journalists has sent a letter to Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. also asking for a mea culpa.

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  • September 26, 2005
    By webteam
    New New York Times public editor Byron (Barney) Calame has weighed in on the dispute between the Fox News Channel's Geraldo Rivera and Times critic Alessandra Stanley. And as much as I root against Rivera in any showdown, Calame's verdict ain't good news for the paper.
  • September 26, 2005
    By webteam
    At least it wasn't Ben Affleck. It's bad enough that Boston magazine and newcomer Boston Common (yes, the Web site still has photo of Affleck on the dummy cover for the first issue) will be battling over high end advertisers.

    In what appears to be quite a coincidence, both publications also feature the same celeb -- Aerosmith's Steven Tyler -- on their current covers.

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  • September 26, 2005
    By webteam
    A friend just emailed me a Washington Post story about HappyNews.com, a Web site on which never is heard a discouraging word and the news is not cloudy all day.

    It's no secret that the journalism profession kind of scoffs at the idea of good news. (Would you read the story accompanying the headline "All Planes Land Safely at Logan Airport" is how one old media chestnut goes.

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  • September 23, 2005
    By webteam
    There are doubtless a lot of emotions, few of them pleasant, swirling through The Boston Globe as staffers and management digest the potential impact of the New York Times. Co. announcement this week that it would be cutting 500 jobs company wide, including about three dozen in the Globe newsroom.

    Asked to describe the mood inside the paper, Steve Richards, vice president of the union the represents about 1100 Globe staffers, said "the two words I would use would be 'anxious'.

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  • September 23, 2005
    By webteam
    From what I caught last night, it sure looked like that old snowy-haired liberal daytime yakker Phil Donahue cleaned Bill O'Reilly's clock during their heated Fox News Channel faceoff this week over war mom Cindy Sheehan and the mess in Iraq. (The transcript speaks for itself.)

    O'Reilly, as befits a classic bully of the microphone, usually knows when he's got a guest too formidable to mess with and backs off a bit.

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  • September 22, 2005
    By webteam
    Bill Koch, the multimillioinaire businessman who demanded a retraction and apology for an Aug. 9 Alex Beam column in The Boston Globe, said in an interview late today that he considers today's Editor's note in Beam's column "half a loaf."

    Howard Cooper, Koch's attorney, had written a Sept 9. letter to Beam about the column -- which revisited some of Koch's legal entanglements -- asking for an apology and retraction and describing the column as nothing short of "libel."

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