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DVDs at Stafford Library
DVD 323.44 N479f 2007
[Part 1-3] Looks at the impact of political, cultural, legal and economic forces on the news media. Traces the recent history of American journalism from Watergate to the war on terror and how the freedom of the press is being challenged.
[Part 4] Examines the rise of Al Jazeera's influence in the Middle East; also profiles reporters who were killed, jailed or exiled in 2006.
Selected Streaming Videos
Meet the Press Meets the Presidents Series
No easy questions and no simple answers-that's Meet the Press, the longest-running network television program in history. This 13-part series of unrehearsed news conferences shines the uncompromising light of inquiry on the highest office in the land as future Presidents, former Presidents, and even sitting Presidents get grilled.
Public Opinion: Voice of the People—Democracy in America
This program examines the power of public opinion to influence government policy, the increasing tendency of public officials to rely on polls, and the need to use many forms of feedback to get an accurate measure of public opinion.
Public Opinion Polls and Politics
Former White House press secretary Mike McCurry explains that public opinion polls are very useful tools. "On the other hand," Mr. McCurry adds, "anybody who just operates solely based on public opinion polls doesn't get very far in politics, because...that shallowness becomes readily apparent...
TEDTalks: Markham Nolan- How to Separate Fact and Fiction Online
Journalist Markham Nolan shares the investigative techniques he and his team use to verify information in real time to let you know if that Statue of Liberty image has been doctored or if that video leaked from Syria is legitimate.
War Spin: The Media and the Iraq War
Some stories are simply too good to be true. In this program, John Kampfner, political editor for the New Statesman (London), skewers heroic reports of the ambush, capture, and rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, calling them misrepresentations designed to bolster wavering support for the Iraq War. Kampfner also scrutinizes the controversial practice of embedding members of the news media in military units and questions the sincerity and overall informational value of the daily CentCom briefings in Doha.