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The Tally Ho

Sunday, November 07, 2004


For a good listen (or read on Tuesday when the transcripts are available), check out this weeks On The Media. Here is the show content

Handled With Care
It was the most important election, we were told, of our lifetimes. And as we anxiously watched the news anchors on Tuesday evening, they watched the exit polls with just as much anticipation. But unlike 2000, when the networks barged through the night to a premature declaration of victory for Gore, this time the watchword was caution. Bob sizes up the real-time coverage and assesses the lessons learned.
ARTIST: Andy Summers TRACK: Think of One ALBUM: Green Chimneys LABEL: RCA

Returns to Power
It was an exhausting evening for everybody, and especially for Kerry supporters who bothered to look at early exit poll returns on the Internet. Those numbers showed Kerry ahead in all the crucial states, and so by the end of the night, how the seemingly mighty had fallen. But it appears that our belief in exit polling itself will survive. A couple of days later, everybody was once again poring over the data. Bob talks to Philadelphia Inquirer TV critic Jonathan Storm.

Europe, You’re Down
The front page of a section in the London’s Guardian newspaper on Thursday was all black, save two white words in the middle of the page: “Oh, God.” The reaction to Bush’s victory in much of the rest of the European press was only slightly more muted. Brooke gets a sampling of the coverage from UPI editor in chief Martin Walker.
BREAK I: ARTIST: Mstislav Rostropovich TRACK: Suite Nr. 4 in E flat major, Sarabande ALBUM: J.S. Bach Cello-Suiten LABEL: EMI

Deep Freeze
Over the past four years, OTM has often been accused of tilting in the direction of the president’s opponents. And we’ll be the first to admit that criticism has flowed often from these fonts. But we do, after all, focus on media, and the news media rely on the free exchange of information. As we prepare for another Bush Administration, Brooke takes the opportunity for a long, hard look at how freedom of information has fared under our once and future president.
ARTIST: Jonas Hellborg TRACK: It's the Pits, Slight Return ALBUM: Elegant Punk LABEL: Day Eight

Lights Out
Government secrecy was not a big issue in the Presidential campaign. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a major difference in the candidates’ respective attitudes on the issue. Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy joins Bob to discuss four more years of what many call the most secretive executive branch in history.
ARTIST: Stephen Kovacevich TRACK: Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No.2, 3rd mvt. ALBUM: Beethoven- Complete Piano Sonatas LABEL: EMI BREAK II: ARTIST: Stephen Kovacevich TRACK: Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No.2, 3rd mvt. (end) ALBUM: Beethoven- Complete Piano Sonatas LABEL: EMI

Innocent Accounting Errors
Last week, the British medical journal The Lancet published a study estimating the number of Iraqi civilians who have died as a result of the war at 100 thousand. It’s a staggering number, especially considering that previous estimates had been about one-fifth of that. Brooke talks to Human Rights Watch senior military analyst Marc Garlasco about the difficulties, and value, of counting civilian casualties.
ARTIST: Mstislav Rostropovich TRACK: Suite Nr. 2 in D minor, Courante ALBUM: J.S. Bach Cello-Suiten LABEL: EMI

The C-Word
It begins with C, rhymes with grunt, and refers to female anatomy. And its origins and usage were the subject of a freelancer’s story in the Chicago Tribune last week. But when editors decided that the story shouldn’t run after all, it was already too late, and staffers had to remove an entire section from hundreds of thousands of newspapers by hand. The word never actually appeared in the story, nor will you hear it in this one, from Chicago Public Radio's Diantha Parker.

The Persuaders
The Kerry and Bush camps are packing up their campaign offices, having collectively burned an estimated one billion dollars on advertising over the course of the campaign. The figure is bigger every four years, it’s probably safe to say, because ads work. In the Frontline documentary “The Persuaders,” which airs this week, media critic Douglas Rushkoff explores how new technology is helping marketers pitch products – and presidents – with increasing accuracy at targeted audiences. Rushkoff joins Brooke to discuss the power of persuasion.

Personally, lights out held the most interest for me.


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