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June 8, 2002

Read Brooke's Slate Diary

CIA Leaks
Stories leaked to journalists by unattributed sources have dominated the front page in the past few weeks. In fact, almost all that the press is printing about the inability of the FBI and CIA to detect potential terrorists prior to Sept. 11 have come from leaks. But knowing who leaked the story is often as revealing as the story itself. Host Bob Garfield talks to Will Saletan of Slate.com. Click here to read the transcript Click here to comment on this story Click here to hear this segment
THIS WEEK

Bush’s Secrecy
The Bush Administration established a no-leak, keep-‘em-guessing policy early in its tenure. Staying leak-free, they argued, was the best way to handle the media. But what about the argument made by many important political figures that “secrecy is for losers”? Host Brooke Gladstone talks to John Dean, former Counsel to President Nixon. Click here to read the transcript Click here to comment on this story Click here to hear this segment


Arabic Words
In the wake of 911 use of words like jihad and crusade, often loaded, have sparked heavy criticism, even protest, in America. In the Islamic world, the linguistic ambiguities of the Koran, and Arabic, in general, are being exploited in an attempt to reconcile religious and political agendas. Bob talks to Amir Taheri, editor of Politique Internationale about the power of words. Click here to read the transcript Click here to comment on this story Click here to hear this segment


Egyptian Hero to the Press
Saad Eddin Ibrahim heads the Cairo Center for Democratic Studio in Egypt. Rarely does an obscure academic in an Arab country garner so much glowing attention from the media. But Ibrahim’s strong stances against his government’s policies have made him a hero in the eyes of more than one journalist. OTM’s Rick Davis reports. Click here to read the transcript Click here to comment on this story Click here to hear this segment


Letters
Brooke and Bob read viewer responses to previous shows. Click here to read the transcript Click here to comment on this story Click here to hear this segment


Heckler Suit
Boo-ers beware: heckling the president is a criminal offense. Thomas Markovich learned this after he was arrested in 1998 for cursing in the general direction of George W. Bush. The highest appeals court in Texas just ruled that the state’s anti-heckling statute is, indeed, constitutional. Bob talks to Ken Oden, the prosecuting attorney in the case. Click here to read the transcript Click here to comment on this story Click here to hear this segment


Clear Channel Memo
Employees at the media giant Clear Channel are being encouraged by their boss to donate money to the company’s political action committee. The request is almost unprecedented among companies in the news business, and for good reason: lobbying and impartial news gathering simply don’t mix. Brooke chats with TV Guide columnist Max Robins. Click here to read the transcript Click here to comment on this story Click here to hear this segment


Measuring Pundits’ Partisanship
OTM gets emails week after week telling us we need to do a story on the popularity of weblogs. And we’ve consistently - and politely - ignored this advice…until now. Weblog LyingInPonds.com applies computational analysis to rank the partisanship of columnists at three major newspapers. Bob gets the stats from blogger Ken Waight. Click here to read the transcript Click here to comment on this story Click here to hear this segment


HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK

Italy Jenin “Massacre”?
While journalists were kept away from the Israeli Army’s invasion of Jenin in April, the world could only sit and wonder what was happening there. Instead of wondering, though, some papers speculated, with stories of a Jenin “Massacre.” Now we know such headlines were overstated, at best. Host Bob Garfield talks to UPI’s Martin Sieff about how such an overstatement could gain such acceptance in the media. Click here to read the transcript Click here to comment on this story Click here to hear this segment


“Bush Knew”
In the recent inquiry to determine whether the Bush administration might have known enough to prevent Sept. 11, one big piece of evidence is a 1999 report warning that al-Qaida could crash hijacked planes into the Pentagon. Sure, it took journalists more than six months after the attacks to unearth that report, but that didn’t stop the media onslaught. Host Bob Garfield talks to John Solomon, the Associated Press reporter who broke the story. Click here to read the transcript Click here to comment on this story Click here to hear this segment
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CIA Image
Americans’ opinions of the CIA’s actions range from ruthless to incompetent. The best way to fight such an image is, of course, in Hollywood. That’s why scores of CIA-approved movies and TV shows have popped up since the mid-90s. Brooke talks to former CIA case officer Robert Baer about the CIA’s attempt to spruce-up its image. Click here to read the transcript Click here to comment on this story Click here to hear this segment




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