This week on CounterSpin: Bush’s judges are for the most part headed for the federal bench, after a long fight on Capitol Hill. Media consumers know plenty about the back and forth between Beltway politicians, but what don’t we know about the actual records of some of these judges? Dan Noyes of the Center for Investigative Journalism will fill us in on the all-too-often missing background on the battle over judges.
Also this week: “If this is what happens when someone high profile dies, I can only imagine what happens with everyone else.” That’s the comment of Mary Tillman, mother of former football star turned Army Ranger Pat Tillman. Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan, but while the Army was telling his family and the media and the public one story, the reality was quite different. We’ll talk with Greg Mitchell from Editor & Publisher magazine about the Pat Tillman scandal and what it says about media priorities.
The Tillman Scandal: Newsweek Error Bad, Pentagon Lying OK?, by Greg Mitchell (Editor & Publisher, 5/24/05)