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#9 - The Second Life of Marion Stokes

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Marion Stokes was a hoarder. When she died last year, her family had to figure out what to do with 9 separate residences and 3 storage locations full of stuff - everything from tens of thousands of books to decades-old Apple computers. This is the story of how they found a home for the strangest artifact in her collection — 140,000 videocassettes filled with 35 years of round-the-clock cable TV news.

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Al Jazeera's New Network For a Skeptical America

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Al Jazeera America launched Tuesday with the promise of a more serious approach to news reporting aimed at U.S. television viewers. But the 24-hour news network, originally started by the Emir of Qatar in 1996, has some obvious challenges in America.


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Opinion: CNN Forgot How to Cover Politics

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

CNN can win back viewers like me with old-fashioned hard news reporting with great reporters, straight from the world and America’s hot spots.

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Opinion: News Corp Split Means FOX 'News' Where it Belongs

Thursday, June 28, 2012

At least Fox News is now where it belongs - in the world of entertainment.

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Fox News Asking the Tough Questions

Friday, December 09, 2011

This primary season has seen Republican candidates sweating under the bright cable news lights at Fox News. We've seen contentious moments and tough interviews on the network. Bob speaks with New York Magazine contributing editor Gabriel Sherman who says that this change in tone is a very conscious choice by Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. 

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Opinion: Why I Quit Cable's Political News Coverage, and You Should Too

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Between segments that might feed you a bit of actual unspun information about the goings on in the world, it was more accurately described as thinly veiled talking points walking around, pretending to be news.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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