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  • September 07, 2005
    By webteam
    The official announcement isn't expected until this afternoon, so take this with a grain or three of salt. The hot rumor is that the new general manager at WBUR-FM will be Paul La Camera, the longtime general manager of WCVB-TV (Channel 5) who stepped down from that post this year after more than three decades at the station.

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  • September 07, 2005
    By webteam
    In one of his more candid utterances since Katrina made landfall nine days ago, Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff told the gang at "Fox News Sunday" that "we need to prepare the country for what's coming. It is going to be about as ugly a scene as you can imagine." He was talking, of course, about the sight of countless (maybe thousands) of dead bodies that will be unearthed as the waters slowly drain from New Orleans.

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  • September 06, 2005
    By webteam
    Media Log is on deadline today, trying to make sense of the Katrina Katastrophe for this week's paper. My next post will feature some of the highlights -- and a few lowlights -- of the media's coverage of an event that may end up dwarfing 9/11 when it comes not only to the death toll, but to the political and social implications.
  • September 02, 2005
    By webteam
    The Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog group, is complaining that the liberal media can't wait to blame Bush for the Katrina disaster. That's its job of course. I hold the view that overall, the psychological aftermath of 9/11, the administration's skillful chokehold on the flow of information and ability to stay on message, and some basic press timidity have combined to give this White House a pretty easy ride from the so-called Fourth Estate until now.

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  • September 02, 2005
    By webteam
    Just as the 9/11 attacks both literally and figuratively vaporized the Gary Condit-Chandra Levy soap opera, Katrina has certainly put an quick end to the media's -- particularly the cable news networks' -- morbid fascination with the Natalee Holloway story. Sometimes it takes a catastrophe to knock some news judgment back into people's heads.

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  • September 01, 2005
    By webteam
    Here's another piece of major media commentary today linking the issue of race to the destruction from Hurricane Katrina. In a sweeping, albeit strangely evasive column, The New York Times's David Brooks warns that past natural disasters have unearthed simmering racial and social inequities and hostility. And he concludes by noting that "the people you see wandering, devastated, around New Orleans.

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  • September 01, 2005
    By webteam
    While the Katrina disaster is primarily a television story, here's a powerful front-page headline in today's Biloxi-Gulfport Sun Herald that sums up the situation in three words. -- "HELP US NOW." For those who might be interested, The Newseum posts almost 500 front pages from dozens of countries around the world world every day.
  • September 01, 2005
    By webteam
    I don't know about you -- but one overarching idea keeps marching through my mind while watching the TV coverage of the destruction and anarchy along the Gulf Coast. How fragile the foundation of a functioning society really is and thus how perilously thin the line is between routine daily life and absolute chaos. (Let's face it, all the pre-Katrina assurances that the government and various agencies had been planning for such a contingency and were prepared was so much horse manure.

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  • September 01, 2005
    By webteam
    A rumored merger between the two largest alternative weekly chains -- New Times Media and Village Voice Media -- would reshape the competitive landscape and bring big time media consolidation to the independent weekly newspaper universe. Read about the implications of the deal in the "Don't Quote Me" column -- "No Alternative" -- in this week's Boston Phoenix.
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