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Entries by Michelle Pilecki from 08/2005

Cutting-Edge Journalism

| Posted 08.01.2005 | Media
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Good, solid reporting is hardly confined to the coastal media centers -- unless you want to count the Lake Erie coast. The Toledo Blade, the paper that dug up Coingate, an Ohio scandal with national implications (and still developing), has published an even more painful expose. The clergy sex-abuse scandal that has rended the Roman Catholic Church has been, at least in this northwestern Ohio diocese, abetted by civil authorities for some 50 years. It's a gut-wrenching story of boys being abused and honest cops being forced to look the other way. Gene Fodor, one of four former police officers quoted, recalls: "People would come up to me and say, 'When are you going to arrest that [priest]? He's a pervert.' But I couldn't."

An Injustice No Matter How You Say It

| Posted 08.02.2005 | Media
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Uighur is an autonomous region in northern China with names that defy spellchecking and whose people are largely Muslim. There might not be a more pro-US Muslim group in the world. In the tangled legal-military web we call Gitmo, the tale of the men from Uighur has remained largely untold. It's a classic American story with a postmodern twist: persecuted minority members flee from tyranny, searching for a better life for their loved ones -- then get scooped up in the "war on terror" (hey, a $5,000 bounty for each) and sit in a Guantanamo prison for three years with no access to their families, a lawyer or even the charges against them.

Sick of Global Warming

| Posted 08.04.2005 | Media
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One of the extra little gifts of the weather extremes brought by global warming is an increase in disease, documented in a new study published in the ...

Be Careful What You Wish For

| Posted 08.05.2005 | Media
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I cheered when I read this editorial in the Salt Lake Tribune on the president's endorsement of teaching "intelligent design" as though it were a valid scientific counterpoint to modern evolutionary biology: "But why stop there? ... [I]n civics class, why limit students to an understanding of representative democracy, checks and balances and the rule of law? What about equal time for fascism? It's clearly a less complicated, more efficient system of government, one that dispenses with such bothersome notions as elections, free speech and minority rights."

Tone Deaf

| Posted 08.05.2005 | Media
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Does it count as "good news" or "bad news" that the people of Basra are well-fed and safe, but without music or personal freedom? This report from Kni...

Fade to Black

| Posted 08.10.2005 | Media
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Gee, so the Bush Administration figures to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a free country music concert. Some folks think that's a little raw, given that the 9/11 scars are still kinda raw. "How about telling Mr. Rumsfeld to leave the memories of Sept. 11 victims to the families?" fumes one such family member to the New York Daily News. Preceding the musical festivities is an "America Supports You Freedom Walk" from the Pentagon to the National Mall, tying up the 9/11 attacks and the war in Iraq in one neat package. I suppose I should be happy that we're not yet at the point of "9/11 Anniversary Sales" and assorted tchotchkes. Oh, wait, we did that....

A Penny for Our Thoughts

| Posted 08.11.2005 | Media
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Is the Federal Communications Commission about to fire up the "decency" guns and go hunting the airwaves for a few choice words? Alerted by CJR Daily,...

NOKD

| Posted 08.11.2005 | Media
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Sometimes a simple newspaper story can really make my jaw drop. It's the local angle on a familiar national story -- parents are preventing their kids...

There Really Is a Debate About Evolutionary Theory

| Posted 08.14.2005 | Media
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And it's not the one equating modern biology with quasi-religious views of creation, no matter how often the media try to portray it that way. Yes, re...

Canadian Style

| Posted 08.16.2005 | Media
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In the media world, a style guide is a book delineating all the little nitpicking points of writing. We don't have one here at HuffPo, so I'm not really sure how I can refer to the most talked about entry in the newest edition of The Canadian Press' Caps and Spelling, but the Canadians aren't, um, fudging it.

Post-Invasion Planning Seems to Work

| Posted 08.16.2005 | Media
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Too bad we didn't try it. The US may not have had much of a post-invasion plan before going into Iraq, but according to Time magazine, the Iranians sure did.

NYT Wags the Dog

| Posted 08.18.2005 | Media
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The New York Times has yet to run a correction or update to its recycling of some old Clinton-caused-9/11 talking-points in its story about the State Department nailing the danger of Osama bin Laden as early as 1996.

Another Mission Unaccomplished

| Posted 08.18.2005 | Media
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Remember Afghanistan? You might think that the war has been mostly over for a couple of years, but actually American casualties have steadily risen.

Afghan Family Values

| Posted 08.19.2005 | Media
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Americans may have forgotten about the Taliban, but they haven't forgotten about us.

I've Got a Secret

| Posted 08.23.2005 | Media
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Not me personally. Robert Novak has. Well, we all know that he has many secrets, but the one that Sydney H. Schanberg writes about in The Village Voice is the offer to sell access to "Washington's power elite" in "confidential" sessions for a mere $595.

Blessed Are the Dealmakers

| Posted 08.24.2005 | Media
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While Americans may not be too happy about the idea of setting up a theocracy in Iraq, there's another group of Americans trying to set up one here.

One Sick Protest

| Posted 08.25.2005 | Media
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The media have been steadfastly ignoring the weekly protests that have been going on for months at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

A Story Too Good to Be True

| Posted 08.27.2005 | Media
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A darling little girl with a heart-breaking tale of her brave daddy in Iraq -- who could pass up such a story?

Still Unanswered Questions

| Posted 08.29.2005 | Media
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Thanks to Jorge at Media in Trouble, I can update my post on the Friday night events at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. What to call those "events" i...

Words of War

| Posted 08.30.2005 | Media
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Here's another slippery comparison of Iraq with Vietnam. In 20 years of fighting in Vietnam, "only" 63 journalists were killed. In a little more than two years, the Iraq War has surpassed that.

Come Hell or High Water -- Or Both

| Posted 08.31.2005 | Media
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The 168-year-old New Orleans Times-Picayne is still "publishing" with a must-read blog with the latest updates.