Jul 01 2015

Soundbites July/August 2015

Ira Glass (Matthew Septimus/NPR)

‘American Life,’ From GOP to CIA   Bob Schieffer kicked off his final show as host of CBS’s Face the Nation (5/31/15) with a clip of what he said on his first show 24 years ago: “Our aim is going to be very simple here, to find interesting people from all segments of American life who have something to say and give them a chance to say it.” The Washington Post’s Michelle Ye Hee Lee (5/31/15), reviewing Schieffer’s last broadcast, wrote 
that “Schieffer remained true to the tradition on his final broadcast,” citing his two final guests: Republican presidential candidate […]

Jun 08 2015

For AP, Being Shot by a Cop Makes You a Suspect

Police officer Eric Casebolt pinning a 15-year-old girl (video still: Brandon Brooks)

“Incidents involving white law enforcement and black suspects have raised concerns across the US,” writes the Associated Press.
But the “incidents” raising concerns have not involved black “suspects.”

Feb 01 2001

Our Man in Bolivia

AP correspondent resigns amid major conflicts

AP correspondent resigns amid major conflictsThe Associated Press‘ long-time Bolivia correspondent, Peter McFarren, resigned late last year after his extensive involvement in Bolivian politics was revealed. What is still unclear, however, is why AP allowed someone with so many conflicts of interest to be a correspondent in the first place. The Internet-based Narco News Bulletin (10/6/00) was the first to reveal that McFarren personally lobbied the Bolivian legislature in September 2000 on behalf of a corporate water project. Some of the profits from the Bolivian Hydro-Resources Corporation’s $78 million project would go to a foundation created and presided over by […]

May 01 1999

East Timor on the Wires

AP, Reuters transmit Indonesia's official version

AP, Reuters transmit Indonesia’s official versionWhen the Indonesian government announced in January that it would consider cutting East Timor loose if people there refused its autonomy proposal, reports started surfacing that tensions between pro-Indonesia and pro-independence East Timorese had reached a critical point. Reuters wrote (3/10/99): “President B.J. Habibie…startled the world by suggesting independence as a ‘second option’ if autonomy were rejected, touching off fighting between pro- and anti-independence Timorese factions.” The Associated Press reported soon after Habibie’s announcement (2/16/99) that “pro-Indonesian activists have warned of the possibility of civil war among rival East Timorese factions if Indonesia withdraws troops […]