Dec. 16, 2004
Massachusetts Judge Sues the Boston Herald for Article and a Reporter's Remarks
Terence Smith leads a debate about a Massachusetts' judge defamation and libel lawsuit against the Boston Herald and its broader implications for reporters appearing on television.
Dec. 15, 2004
Newspapers Cover Life on the Street
Across the country, homeless people are working for newspapers that deliver news about life on the street to the homeless and the general public. With roughly 3.5 million homeless people in America, these "street newspapers" provide important information about poverty and new ways to combat it.
Dec. 9, 2004
Reporter Gets House Arrest for Not Revealing Source
A television reporter in Rhode Island was sentenced to six months of house arrest Thursday for refusing to reveal who leaked him an FBI videotape of a politician taking a bribe.
Dec. 8, 2004
Reporters in CIA Leak Investigation Charged
Terence Smith speaks with Floyd Abrams, a First Amendment attorney representing journalists Matthew Cooper and Judith Miller, and Victoria Toensing, a former deputy assistant attorney general, about the reporters' legal battle to keep their sources confidential in the investigation into the leak of a CIA operative's name.
Nov. 24, 2004
Viacom to Pay Record $3.5 Million to Settle FcCC Indecency Cases
Media giant Viacom Inc. agreed Tuesday to pay a record $3.5 million to settle dozens of federal investigations into alleged indecency on its TV and radio programs.
Nov. 23, 2004
CBS News Anchor Dan Rather to Resign in 2005
CBS News' Dan Rather, 73, announced he will step down from his anchor post, exactly 24 years after inheriting the job from Walter Cronkite. Meanwhile, Tom Brokaw, the anchor of NBC Nightly News, plans to step down after heading the anchor desk for 22 years.
Nov. 23, 2004
Veteran CBS News Anchor Dan Rather to Resign
Veteran CBS News anchor Dan Rather announced Tuesday he will step down on March 9, the 24th anniversary of inheriting the job from Walter Cronkite.
Nov. 15, 2004
White House Reporters Discuss the Wave of Resignations
The departure of Secretary of State Colin Powell topped the list of four departing members from President Bush's second term Cabinet. Terence Smith speaks with two White House correspondents about the wave of resignations and its ramification for the president's second term.
Nov. 5, 2004
What Went Wrong?
Terence Smith speaks with Warren Mitofsky, co-director of the National Election Pool, about why the exit polls in the presidential election were so misleading.
Nov. 1, 2004
Calling the Race
Terence Smith and news executives discuss the reporting difficulties of the 2000 presidential election and how election night coverage will be different this year.
Oct. 29, 2004
Political Cartoons Reflect Tense Election Atmosphere
Stephen Hess, professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University, looks at the presidential campaign as seen by political cartoonists.
Oct. 28, 2004
Political Advertisements Change Tone As the Presidential Campaign Winds Down
Dueling political advertisements are flooding the airwaves in the last few days of the presidential campaign. Two experts discuss the ongoing ad war.
Oct. 26, 2004
Experts Question Impact of Newspaper Endorsements
With the election a week away, most of the nation's newspapers are carrying on the long tradition of endorsing a candidate for president.
Oct. 21, 2004
Fact Checking in the 2004 Presidential Debates
News outlets are conducting their own analysis to verify the accuracy of politicians' statements. Terence Smith examines the benefits and risks of fact-checking for the news consumer.
Oct. 20, 2004
Sinclair Pulls Back From Airing Anti-Kerry Film
Amid growing political, legal and financial pressure, Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. late Tuesday revised its plan to broadcast a documentary critical of Sen. John Kerry's anti-Vietnam war activities.
Oct. 19, 2004
Reporter Fired for Publicly Criticizing Plans to Air Anti-Kerry Documentary
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. fired its Washington bureau chief late Monday after the reporter publicly objected to the company's plan to air a documentary attacking Sen. John Kerry's anti-Vietnam war activities this week.
Oct. 13, 2004
Journalists Increasingly Face Dangers Reporting in Iraq
Reporters face life-threatening risks covering stories in conflicted Iraq. Terence Smith talks with Brian Rooney of ABC News, Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post and Brian Bennett of Time magazine about the dangers and challenges of reporting from Iraq.
Oct. 12, 2004
Sinclair Under Fire for Decision to Air Anti-Senator Kerry Film
Democratic senators are campaigning for a probe into Sinclair Broadcast Group's decision to air an anti-Senator Kerry documentary weeks before the election. Vice president of the Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Inc., and a senior adviser to the Democratic National Committee, join Terence Smith to discuss Sinclair's decision.
Oct. 7, 2004
Blurring the Lines
Terence Smith focuses on the melding of politics and entertainment in this election season.
Oct. 7, 2004
New York Times Reporter Held in Contempt in CIA Leaks Probe
A federal judge found New York Times reporter Judith Miller in contempt Thursday for refusing to divulge confidential sources to prosecutors investigating who leaked the name of a CIA operative to several Washington, D.C. reporters.
Oct. 5, 2004
First Presidential Debate Draws Large Audience
The first presidential debate between President George W. Bush and Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry proved to be "must-see" TV for nearly 63 million viewers, an increase of more than 26 percent from the first presidential debate in 2000.
Sept. 28, 2004
Post Columnist Sparks Media Ethics Debate, Criticism
Washington Post reporter and columnist David S. Broder's charge of a decline in journalistic standards in covering both the presidential campaign and other newsroom scandals has prompted a wave of negative reactions from media critics and bloggers.
Sept. 23, 2004
CBS Fined Record Amount for Superbowl Halftime Broadcast
Is over-the-air programming too offensive? Terence Smith leads a debate over whether the government should enact tougher laws against over-the-air programming deemed indecent.
Sept. 23, 2004
Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi
In an exclusive interview, Prime Minister Iyad Allawi discusses the recent hostage situation in Iraq, the media's portrayal of the war-torn nation and the upcoming elections in January.
Sept. 22, 2004
The Candidates' Advertising War
In presidential campaign history there has never been a more expensive advertising war than this year. With nearly six weeks to go before Election Day, Media Correspondent Terence Smith discusses the campaign advertising strategies with two media experts.
Sept. 20, 2004
CBS Admitted it Erred in 60 Minutes Report
CBS News announced that the network could no longer vouch for the authenticity of the memos and that the source who gave the documents to CBS -- Bill Burkett -- admitted to willfully deceiving CBS News. The network said it was misled over the origin and authenticity of documents and expressed deep regret for using the documents.
Sept. 16, 2004
Media Investigates Authenticity of Memos Released by CBS
Several document experts have raised questions about the authenticity of memos CBS News anchor Dan Rather cited in a 60 Minutes report about President Bush's Vietnam-era service. Terence Smith speaks with two media experts about the investigation into the documents' authenticity.
Sept. 15, 2004
Presidential Candidates Criticize Each Other's Political Stands
As Election Day approaches, President Bush and Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., criticize each other's spending records and proposals in their almost daily campaign appearances. An expert examines the accuracy of the candidates' claims in several of their stump speeches.
Sept. 10, 2004
Two recent polls showed President Bush with a double-digit lead over Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., while others had the two contenders in a statistical dead heat. A columnist and pollster discuss how voters should view the divergent surveys.
Sept. 8, 2004
William Buckley Discusses Politics, Journalism
William F. Buckley Jr. at the age of 78 has stepped down from his role as editor of the National Review, the conservative magazine he founded nearly a half century ago. Terence Smith talks with Buckley about today's politics and his influence on America's conservative movement.
Sept. 7, 2004
Broadcast Networks Draw Fire, Fewer Viewers for Conventions
Broadcast networks drew a lower audience than Fox News cable channel throughout the Republican National Convention, prompting news executives and media critics to reflect on network convention coverage and its impact on future campaign reporting.
Sept. 2, 2004
Media Notebook on the Republican National Convention
NewsHour media correspondent Terence Smith, reporting from the Republican National Convention in New York City, describes coverage of the event and media issues from the campaign trail.
Aug. 31, 2004
Public Opinion on the Economy
A recent poll indicates that voters are largely dissatisfied with economic conditions, despite new figures showing improved growth. The majority fault President Bush's stewardship of the economy, according to the Pew Research Center survey released this month. Terence Smith examines the political implications of the study.
Aug. 27, 2004
Debate Flares Over Ads by Political Groups
To explain the ins and outs of the 527 groups that fund the Swift boat and other attack political ads, Terence Smith speaks with Aron Pilhofer, coauthor and editor of the 527 Project at the Center For Public Integrity.
Aug. 27, 2004
Italy Condemns Murder of Kidnapped Journalist in Iraq
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Friday denounced the killing of Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni, who disappeared in Iraq last week, as "an act of barbarity."
Aug. 26, 2004
Polls Show Close Presidential Race
Just over two months before U.S. voters choose a new president, two new national polls show a close race and an almost evenly divided electorate.
Aug. 24, 2004
Contempt Orders Dropped After Time Reporter Agrees to Testify in CIA Leak Case
Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper gave a deposition to special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald in the federal investigation into the alleged leaking of a clandestine CIA agent's name to the media, Time magazine announced Tuesday.
Aug. 19, 2004
Google Trades Publicly on NASDAQ Stock Market
The Internet search engine Google earned just over $100 per share as it traded publicly on the NASDAQ stock market for the first time Thursday. An Internet stock analyst discusses the highly anticipated initial public offering.
Aug. 19, 2004
Five Reporters Held in Contempt in Wen Ho Lee Case
A federal judge held five reporters in contempt Wednesday for refusing to name confidential sources for their stories on Wen Ho Lee, the former Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory scientist who was the prime suspect in a Chinese espionage investigation.
Aug. 18, 2004
Media Takes Critical Look at Prewar Intelligence Coverage
Two experts talk about the media's coverage of prewar intelligence and why news organizations are beginning to publicly question their own reporting.
Aug. 11, 2004
A federal judge held Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper in contempt of court on Monday for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating whether White House sources illegally revealed the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame. Terence Smith and guests discuss the issues.
Aug. 10, 2004
Reporter Held in Contempt of Court in CIA Leaks Case
A federal judge on Monday held Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper in contempt of court with possible jail time for refusing to testify in the federal investigation into the alleged leaking of a clandestine CIA agent's name to the media.
Aug. 9, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle Reassigns Editor for Campaign Contributions
The San Francisco Chronicle has reassigned its letters editor to the sports copy desk, two weeks after finding that campaign donations he made violated the paper's conflict-of-interest policy.
Aug. 3, 2004
A recent Pew Center poll of Americans' news habits shows the stark electoral split in the country has filtered into the habits of news consumers. A look at the polls' numbers and how news consumers choices differ and why they choose certain news sources over others.
Aug. 1, 2004
William F. Buckley Jr. has recently stepped down from his role as editor of the National Review, the conservative magazine he founded nearly a half century ago.In this extended interview, Terence Smith speaks with Buckley about his new autobiography, his life's work and his legacy on modern American conservatism.
July 28, 2004
The Democratic National Convention: "Watershed" Moment for Bloggers
NewsHour media correspondent Terence Smith, reporting from the Democratic National Convention in Boston, describes how the convention became a "watershed" moment for bloggers.
July 27, 2004
Media Notes From the Democratic National Convention
NewsHour media correspondent Terence Smith, reporting from the Democratic National Convention in Boston, describes the carnival-like atmosphere on the convention floor.
July 26, 2004
Why National Party Conventions Merit Substantial News Coverage
NewsHour media correspondent Terence Smith, reporting from the Democratic National Convention in Boston, describes why national party conventions merit substantial news coverage, despite claims that the staged events are not newsworthy.
July 22, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle Puts Editor on Leave for Campaign Contribution
The San Francisco Chronicle placed on paid leave an editor who gave $400 to Democratic Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign, pending an investigation into whether his political contribution violated the newspaper's ethics policy.
July 19, 2004
Campaign Ad Watch
Television viewers in election swing states have been inundated with more than 100 campaign ads since March -- much more than in other parts of the United States, according to a new study from the Wisconsin Advertising Project at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Terence Smith discusses the trend.
July 15, 2004
Vote 2004: Public Perceptions
The Project for Excellence in Journalism recently released a content study of press coverage, ads and late-night comedy shows to identify the major themes they are projecting about the character of the two presidential candidates.
July 8, 2004
The Leaks Investigation
First Amendment attorneys went to court to ask a judge to quash the subpoenas served to the journalists who allegedly received a leak from White House officials about the identity of a clandestine CIA agent. Ray Suarez discusses the latest developments in the case with New York Times national legal correspondent Adam Liptak.
June 24, 2004
Court Orders FCC to Review Media Ownership Rules
A federal appeals court on Thursday ordered the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider its new media ownership rules, marking a victory for consumer advocacy groups that had opposed the ease in regulations.
June 24, 2004
Authorities arrested a former America Online engineer yesterday for allegedly selling the e-mail addresses of 92 million AOL customers to companies sending unsolicited commercial e-mail. Jeffrey Brown discusses the alleged spam scam with David Bennahum, media and technology columnist for Slate magazine.
June 23, 2004
Conversation: A Traveler's Guide
Jim Carrier presents a guided tour of the civil rights movement in his book, "A Traveler's Guide to the Civil Rights Movement." Carrier recounts earlier moments in black history in which the civil rights movement began. Terence Smith speaks with Jim Carrier.
June 22, 2004
As the campaign season heats up, independent conservative and liberal groups are running numerous television ads that invoke powerful images, including of the late President Reagan, Halliburton, and the war on terror. Brooks Jackson analyzes these ads from political advocacy organizations.
June 10, 2004
Frozen in Time
Terence Smith visits the Bettmann Archive, one of the world's most renowned private collections of historical photographic and graphic images, and explores the arduous process of preserving delicate historic images.
June 9, 2004
Clear Channel to Pay Record Fine for Indecency Charges
Clear Channel Communications Inc., the leading owner of U.S. radio stations, reached an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission to pay a record $1.75 million fine to settle numerous indecency charges, the federal agency announced.
June 2, 2004
Campaign Ad Wars
Well ahead of the national conventions, the campaigns of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, and President George W. Bush have already saturated the airwaves and Internet alike with political advertising. Terence Smith speaks with Brooks Jackson about the ads.
June 1, 2004
Viacom President Resigns; CBS and MTV Heads to Run Company
The media giant Viacom Inc. announced Tuesday that Mel Karmazin has resigned as president and chief operating officer.
May 26, 2004
The New York Times WMD Coverage
The New York Times published a critique of its own reporting on Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction, and the editorial board admitted its coverage was flawed and relied too heavily on suspect intelligence sources. Ray Suarez discusses the Times' self-assessment with experts.
May 25, 2004
Extended Interview: Don Hewitt
After 36 years heading 60 Minutes, Don Hewitt on May 25 stepped down as the program's executive producer. In the following extended interview, Terence Smith speaks with Hewitt about the changes in broadcast news, the role of the media in the political process and his vision for television news.
May 25, 2004
Don Hewitt's Perspective
After 36 years heading 60 Minutes, Don Hewitt is leaving his post. He talks to Terence Smith about how the news business has changed during his tenure at the TV news magazine.
May 21, 2004
New Details About Abu Ghraib Abuse
The Washington Post today printed new photos of alleged abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad and posted a video of the incidents on its Web site. Terence Smith discusses the decision to publish the pictures with the Post's Executive Editor Leonard Downie.
May 14, 2004
United Nations' List of Top Neglected News
The United Nations recently released a list of the top ten news stories that are rarely reported. Terence Smith reviews the list with Shashi Tharoor, the U.N. undersecretary general for communications and public information.
May 14, 2004
Editor of British Newspaper Fired After Fake Abuse Photos Published
Piers Morgan, editor of the London paper the Daily Mirror, was ousted Friday in the wake of the publication of pictures showing alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners by British soldiers from the Queen's Lancashire Regiment that turned out to be fake.
May 5, 2004
President on Al Arabiya
In one of two interviews with Arab-language television networks, President Bush condemned the treatment of Iraqi prisoners, calling the actions "abhorrent" and saying they did not represent American values.
May 5, 2004
Arab Reaction to Iraqi Prisoner Photos
President Bush gave interviews Wednesday with Arabic-language networks in an attempt to quell the growing clamor over photos depicting U.S. soldiers abusing of Iraqi prisoners.
May 5, 2004
President Bush Interview With Al-Hurra
President Bush appeared on the U.S.-sponsored Arab television channel Al-Hurra on Wednesday in an effort to assuage the clamor over published photos depicting the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers. The following is text of his interview with Al-Hurra provided by the White House.
May 5, 2004
Disney Blocks Distribution of Documentary Critical of Bush Administration
Walt Disney Co. has blocked its Miramax film studio from distributing a new documentary by director Michael Moore that criticizes President Bush's handling of the Sept. 11 attacks, the outspoken Oscar-winning director said Wednesday.
April 30, 2004
Casualties of War
On a special edition of Nightline on Friday, Ted Koppel read the names of all of the U.S. troops who have died in Iraq, but viewers of seven ABC stations owned by Sinclair Broadcasting were not able to see it. Terence Smith explores Sinclair's decision not to air the broadcast, which its executives say is politically motivated.
April 30, 2004
Sinclair Stations Pull Nightline Iraq Casualties Report
In response to ABC News' decision to read the names of the more than 700 servicemen and women killed in Iraq during the April 30 edition of Nightline, Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it will not carry the special broadcast.
April 28, 2004
Comcast Withdraws Unsolicited Disney Bid
Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable operator, withdrew its unsolicited multibillion-dollar offer to buy Walt Disney Co. Wednesday after the entertainment conglomerate refused to discuss a possible deal.
April 26, 2004
Washington, D.C., hosted the first large-scale abortion rights rally in over a decade, sparking passionate views about both women's health issues and the nation's political leaders. Gwen Ifill talks to pollster Andrew Kohut about how the American public is viewing key political issues.
April 23, 2004
Images of War
Department of Defense spokesman Bryan Whitman and Dana Milbank of The Washington Post debate the Pentagon's ban on media coverage of the return of fallen service members that was broken twice this week.
April 22, 2004
Battlefields and Bylines
Conditions in Iraq have become so treacherous for journalists that the networks and cable channels have taken the unusual step of coordinating their coverage in unprecedented ways.Terence Smith discusses reporting in Iraq with John Burns, Baghdad bureau chief of The New York Times; and Eason Jordan, chief news executive for CNN.
April 21, 2004
Breach of Trust
The editor of USA Today retired Tuesday in the wake of a scandal involving the paper's former star foreign correspondent, Jack Kelley. Terence Smith discusses the scandal with USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page and Geneva Overholser, a professor of journalism at the University of Missouri.
April 21, 2004
Plan of Attack
Bob Woodward discusses his new book, "Plan of Attack," which has stirred Washington this week and raised new questions about the White House strategy that led to the decision to take military action in Iraq.
April 15, 2004
Editors' Views on Iraq
Margaret Warner gets media perspectives from around the country on the Bush administration's responses to security concerns in Iraq, the decision to extend some U.S. troop deployments there and other developments from four editorial page editors.
April 15, 2004
A New Voice
The U.S. government has launched Al Hurra, a new Arab-language satellite television channel broadcast to 22 Middle Eastern countries from studios just a few miles outside the Washington beltway. Terence Smith looks at Al Hurra - Washington's latest media outreach to Arab nations aimed at boosting the region's opinion of the U.S.
April 13, 2004
Justice Scalia Apologizes to Reporters, Revises Print Media Policy
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia apologized for the confiscation of two reporters' audiotapes by a deputy U.S. marshal during a public speech in Mississippi, and promised to allow print journalists to record his public speeches in the future.
April 5, 2004
Pulitzer Prizes Awarded; L.A. Times Wins Five
The 2004 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday, with the Los Angeles Times taking home the greatest number of honors, including an award for its breaking news coverage of the wildfires that ravaged Southern California last fall.
April 2, 2004
The Toledo Blade published a series about the atrocities the U.S. Army unit Tiger Force committed during the Vietnam War in 1967, but as quickly as the revelations came out, they quietly disappeared. Terence Smith looks at the Blade's determination to uncover the story and why the mainstream media largely overlooked it.
March 31, 2004
New Liberal Radio Network Debuts
In a challenge to the dominance of conservative talk radio programs, Air America Radio, the new liberal talk radio network, went on the air Wednesday.
March 30, 2004
President Bush agreed to allow national security adviser Condoleezza Rice to testify publicly before the 9/11 commission. Margaret Warner speaks with New York Times White House correspondent David Sanger about the bipartisan pressure which led the White House to reverse its decision.
March 30, 2004
President Bush agreed Tuesday to allow national security adviser Condoleezza Rice to testify publicly before the 9/11 commission. Two members of the 9/11 commission discuss this about-face.
March 30, 2004
In Memoriam: Alistair Cooke
Alistair Cooke, a broadcasting legend on both shores of the Atlantic, died of heart failure yesterday in New York City. Cooke reported his radio program "Letter from America" each week for 58 years on the BBC, and American audiences knew Cooke as the host of "Masterpiece Theatre" on PBS.
March 30, 2004
U.S. Takes Responsibility for Shooting Deaths of Two Iraqi Journalists
The U.S. Army accepted responsibility for the shooting deaths of an Iraqi reporter and cameraman near a roadblock in Baghdad earlier this month, but said soldiers were acting within the rules of engagement and killed the journalists by accident.
March 29, 2004
Four editorial page editors offer their views on former White House counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke's allegations against the Bush administration.
March 29, 2004
Closure of Shiite Newspaper in Baghdad Sparks Protests
U.S. troops on Sunday temporarily closed a popular Baghdad newspaper after coalition authorities accused the Shiite Muslim weekly of printing lies that incited violence.
March 22, 2004
Breach of Trust
USA Today said that an examination of the work of its former star foreign correspondent Jack Kelley found strong evidence that he had fabricated substantial portions of at least eight major stories. The publisher issued an apology. Terence Smith and guests look at how news organizations are responding to these problems.
March 19, 2004
Arab Journalists in Iraq Protest Deaths of Reporters, Lack of Security
Arab journalists on Friday staged a walk out of a Baghdad press conference given by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to protest the deaths of two of their colleagues and the lack of security for the media.
March 11, 2004
House Approves Tougher Broadcast Indecency Measures
By a 391-22 vote, the House of Representatives on Thursday approved legislation significantly raising fines for the airing of television and radio broadcasts deemed indecent.
March 5, 2004
Bush Campaign Ads Featuring 9/11 Come Under Fire
President Bush's reelection campaign came under fire Friday, as some families of Sept. 11 victims and firefighters protested that the new TV commercials using images from the terror attacks were exploiting the tragedy for political gain.
March 3, 2004
Walt Disney Shareholders Meet
Walt Disney Company shareholders cast the future of its longtime chief executive, Michael Eisner, into some doubt on Wednesday when more than 40 percent voted against his re-election to the company's board. After a background report, Terence Smith discusses Disney's investor revolt with media analyst Tom Wolzien.
March 2, 2004
While the national media have concentrated on the Democratic presidential candidates, the Bush campaign has been quietly working on building a sophisticated database of supporters to assist the campaign in finely targeting issue-based appeals.
Feb. 20, 2004
The campaigns of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, launched Web-based ads directly attacking the other for alleged connections to special interests.Two guests discuss the strategy of Web-based political ads and the unique advantages of the Internet for campaign communications.
Feb. 17, 2004
Disney Board Rejects Comcast's Buyout Bid
The Walt Disney Co. board of directors late Monday unanimously rejected Comcast's $54 billion, all-stock offer to take over the company, saying the offer was too low.
Feb. 13, 2004
Bush Campaign Launches Ad Attacking Kerry Special Interest Record
For the first time, President Bush's reelection campaign directly criticized Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry Thursday in a Web video that called the Massachusetts senator "unprincipled."
Feb. 12, 2004
Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable operator, launched an unsolicited bid to merge with Walt Disney. Jim Lehrer and media experts discuss the implications of a Comcast-Disney union for consumers and whether the federal government should try to intercept a merger between cable operators and content providers.
Feb. 11, 2004
Indecency on the Air
In the wake of the now infamous Super Bowl half-time show, the head of the Federal Communication Commission and president of Viacom testified before Congress about how to tackle public indecency on broadcast television. Tom Bearden reports on the debate over whether monetary fines are enough to police the airwaves.
Feb. 11, 2004
Comcast Makes Unsolicited Bid for Disney
In a move that could transform the media industry, Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable operator, launched an unsolicited bid Wednesday to merge with troubled entertainment behemoth Walt Disney.
Feb. 6, 2004
Point, Click, Vote
Voters in Michigan will participate in the largest and most ambitious Internet voting experiment to date. Of the tens of thousands who will vote in the Democratic caucuses on Saturday, roughly one-third will cast their ballots over the Internet.
Feb. 4, 2004
The Rose Man of Sing Sing
James McGrath Morris chronicles the life and times of early 20th century newspaper editor Charles Chapin, a founding father of the 24-hour news cycle, in his new book, "The Rose Man of Sing Sing." Terence Smith speaks with Morris about Chapin's successes and failures, and his influence on early and modern journalism.
Feb. 3, 2004
With voters in seven states heading to the polls and caucuses, many Democratic presidential candidates chose to leave quaint campaign practices behind in Iowa and New Hampshire and take to the airwaves. Following a campaign update, Terence Smith examines the candidates' latest television commercials.
Jan. 29, 2004
Critical Hutton Report Prompts Two BBC Resignations
The head of the British Broadcasting Corp. and its director-general resigned Thursday after an official inquiry censured the media corporation's "defective" editorial management.
Jan. 28, 2004
The Hutton Report
A British judge issued his long-awaited report Wednesday on the death of David Kelly, an expert on Iraqi weapons. Terence Smith examines the impact of this report on the British Broadcasting Corp. and Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Jan. 28, 2004
BBC Chair Quits Over Critical Hutton Report
The head of the British Broadcasting Corp. resigned Wednesday after an official inquiry strongly censured the media corporation's "defective" editorial management.
Jan. 27, 2004
Six U.S. Soldiers, Two CNN Staffers Killed in Iraq
A bloody series of attacks in central Iraq Tuesday left six American soldiers, two CNN employees and at least two Iraqi civilians dead even as U.S. military operations continued against anti-coalition insurgents.
Jan. 22, 2004
Candidates Deluge New Hampshire Voters With Campaign Ads Ahead of Primary
Democratic presidential candidates have deluged New Hampshire's TV outlets to appeal to voters by distinguishing themselves from their rivals as independent, not beholden to Washington-based interest groups and capable of beating President Bush.
Jan. 21, 2004
Recording Industry Files 532 Music-Sharing Lawsuits
The Recording Industry Association of America on Wednesday filed a new round of lawsuits against "John Doe" defendants for allegedly sharing hundreds of copyrighted songs over the Internet without permission.
Jan. 19, 2004
New York Times Television offers a look at how one New Hampshire newspaper's editorial board decides which Democratic candidate to endorse ahead of the state's first-in-the-nation presidential primary.
Jan. 16, 2004
The broadcast networks are trying new approaches to minimize costs and maximize exposure in their coverage of campaign 2004. Terence Smith traveled to Iowa to see what journalists are doing differently this year and how it is affecting the ways in which the candidates campaign.
Jan. 15, 2004
Two Leading Spanish-Language Papers to Merge
The publishers of La Opinion, the leading Spanish-language daily newspaper in Los Angeles, and El Diario/La Prensa, a leading New York Hispanic daily, are combining to form the first national Spanish-language newspaper company.
Jan. 14, 2004
Liberal Radio Network Readies for Launch
The liberal radio network moved closer to becoming a reality after its new owner, Progress Media, announced this week it signed comedian Al Franken to host his own daily talk show and completed its first distribution deal in a major market.
Jan. 12, 2004
More Americans Log On For Campaign News, Study Finds
More people are looking to nontraditional media sources, such as the Internet and late-night talk shows, for information about the 2004 presidential campaign, according to a new Pew Research Center report.
Jan. 12, 2004
U.S. Firm Awarded Contract to Run Iraqi Media Network
The Pentagon has awarded a $96 million contract to a U.S. communications equipment company to develop Iraq's existing but antiquated media network for the next 12 months.
Jan. 8, 2004
Reporters Defy Judge's Order in Lee Case
Reporters have defied a federal judge's order to reveal their confidential sources for articles that portrayed Dr. Wen Ho Lee, a former nuclear weapons scientist, as a chief suspect in a Chinese espionage investigation.