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This Week
February 21, 2003

This week on NOW:

In a NOW interview, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh reveals the startling story of how during the war in Afghanistan, the American government authorized the evacuation to Pakistan of thousands of enemy troops cornered by U.S. forces. U.S. forces were ordered to create a safe corridor for the November 2001 evacuation, which was orchestrated by Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf.

Bill Moyers interviews media experts John Nichols and Robert McChesney about the current state of the media in the United States and how itís affecting democracy. McChesney, author of RICH MEDIA, POOR DEMOCRACY: COMMUNICATION POLITICS IN DUBIOUS TIMES and Nichols, Washington correspondent for THE NATION, evaluate the influence of corporate interests on the free press, which they contend have become a major barrier to the exercise of democracy.

And, Inside the Live Reptile Tent. Having photographed different aspects of American culture over the last 20 years, Jeff Brouws takes NOW to a safe place, tucked away on memory lane.

In Depth

Nixon press conference

Landmarks in American media and American politics

How big is BIG media?

helicopters in Vietnam
John Nichols and Robert McChesney on American media

The life of an award-winning political journalist: Sy Hersh

Carnival photo by Jeff Brouws
A photo essay of John Brouws midway magic


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Editor: Larry Goldfine

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