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April 4, 2003

This week on NOW:

The war you see may depend upon which channel you're watching. In his 30 year writing career, Greg Mitchell has edited several national magazines and written eight nonfiction books for major publishers. Currently, he serves as editor of EDITOR & PUBLISHER, weekly magazine covering the newspaper industry in North America. Bill Moyers talks to Mitchell about how the war in Iraq is being covered by the media.

As the FCC considers further deregulating corporate media ownership rules this spring, big media may get even bigger. NOW goes inside the debate over relaxing restrictions that could result in multi-billion dollar media conglomerates gaining more control over the nation's radio and television airwaves. Opponents of media consolidation fear that giving these giants a free pass to let the marketplace rule could severely affect the ability of journalists to be independent. If deregulation does take place, can democracy survive without the diversity of ideas presented by a truly free press?

Bill Moyers interviews writer Susan Sontag, about the gap between the images and the realities of war. The author of several novels, including the National Book Award-winning IN AMERICA, and many works of non-fiction including AGAINST INTERPRETATION, ON PHOTOGRAPHY AND ILLNESS AS METAPHOR, her books are translated into 32 languages. Susan Sontag's new book, REGARDING THE PAIN OF OTHERS, could not have come at a more opportune moment. In it, Sontag explores how we can have compassion for others we do not know, the power of images, of photographs and memory, and the persistence of war.

In Depth

Soldier in Iraq

Focus on Iraq

Greg Mitchell on Reporting the War in Iraq

Satellite Dish
Big Media: An Overview

Media consolidation resources

Wounded man on stretcher
Susan Sontag talks with Bill Moyers about the images of war.

Photographer Lori Grinker's images of survivors of conflict


Talk about the news on the message boards


Bill Moyers Journal: Crossing the Euphrates


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Big Media
Producer: Peter Meryash
NPR Correspondent: Rick Karr
Editor: Rob Kuhns

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