Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Views of the News, Aug. 26, 2009

Remembering "the liberal lion," Ted Kennedy, and "60 Minutes" creator Don Hewitt ... and, a look at the Glenn Beck sponsor boycott. Panelists: Mike McKean, Lee Wilkins, Charles Davis.

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Ted Kennedy Dies

John M. Broder, The New York Times: "Edward Kennedy, Senate Stalwart, Dies"

Don Hewitt/60 Minutes

Jacques Steinberg, The New York Times: "Don Hewitt, Creator of '60 Minutes,' Dies at 86"

Glenn Beck Boycott

Jim Cramer says News Corp. and Beck will not suffer in the long run.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Letter from a listener

Jan Chen sent this via email after hearing our discussion of health care coverage:

As one listens to the Republican anger over health care reform, one can imagine an anti-government protester cheerfully paying premiums on insurance policies that cancel you for making a claim, or happily sauntering out of an emergency room that denied them treatment because of a coverage problem. One can imagine a town-hall sign-waver enthusiastically forking over most of their pay to bill collectors after suffering a catastrophic injury, thinking, “Wow, the free market system is great.”

No, Republicans are just as affected by health care inequities as anyone else, especially the working class Republicans who show up armed and dangerous at America’s town hall meetings on the topic. The accounts of denial of health care that were a part of last year’s campaign? It wasn’t only Democrats who talked of losing loved ones due to the shenanigans of insurance companies. Republicans, too, cried real tears at the injustices.

So what’s this all about then? The down-with-government shrieking at the town hall meetings, the gun-toting visits to Obama events, the insistence that Obama’s health care reform is inspired by the devil himself? It’s about shock. The shock of no longer being in power. Every President since JFK has been either conservative or a Southerner. Every single one. These folks have had it their way for decades. And they don’t want to share.
You have my permission to publish this letter.

Jan Chen

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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Views of the News, Aug. 19, 2009

Remembering the self-styled "Prince of Darkness," Robert Novak ... media coverage of health care initiative protests ... and, did a state agency cover up information about bacteria in the Lake of the Ozarks? Panelists: Mike McKean, Charles Davis, Lee Wilkins.

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60 Minutes producer Don Hewitt dies

We just received word as we were preparing to tape this week's Views of the News that legendary 60 Minutes creator and producer Don Hewitt had died. We'll discuss his impact on TV journalism next week.

Today's show links

Bob Novak

Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times: "Sun-TImes Columnist Robert Novak dead at 78"

Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board: "Robert Novak: Innovator's life marked by passion"

Eleanor Clift, Newsweek: "The Ultimate Insider Journalist"

Howard Kurtz, The Washington Post: "The Heart of the 'Prince of Darkness'"

David Broder, The Washington Post: "The Company that Bob Novak Kept"

Creators Syndicate: "Creators Syndicate's columnists pay tribute to Robert Novak" (kind words from --mostly--conservative writers)

Jack Shafer, Slate: "Robert D. Novak (1931-2009): Darkness claims the prince of darkness"

Murray Wass, Village Voice: "Jack Anderson: An Appreciation" (2005 article about a Novak contemporary and a critique of "access journalism")

Robert Novak, Washington Post: "Mission to Niger" (the column that launched "Plamegate")

Robert Novak, Chicago Sun-Times: "Novak on Novak: Life after his cancer diagnosis" (one of his last columns from Sept.7, 2008)

Health care "fear" and "hate"

Charles Davis, Columbia Daily Tribune: "Unhealthy silence: Best way to beat hatemongering is to report it"

Janese Heavin, Columbia Daily Tribune: "Health debate goes awry: 'War strategies' muddle issues" (Views host Mike McKean considers this a one-sided bit of lazy reporting, but the reporter answers critics at the end of the comments section.)

No sunshine violation

Kim McGuire, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "DNR is cleared in E. coli incident"

Friday, August 14, 2009

Views of the News, Aug. 12, 2009

How willing are people to pay for the news ... and, what effect has the recession had on news-gathering organizations? Panelists: Lee Wilkins, Charles Davis, Esther Thorsen.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Views of the News, Aug. 5, 2009

Coverage of the Obama "beer summit" and the Clinton trip to North Korea. Panelists: Rod Gelatt, Lynda Kraxberger, Karen Mitchell, Jim McMillan.

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