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Less than two weeks before Election Day 2004, the ABC television network cancelled Miss America. Fifty years after it premiered on national TV, the famous â€œbeauty pageantâ€ has fallen on hard times. Last month, the annual show drew just 9.8 million viewers, the smallest audience ever.
Less than two weeks before Election Day 2004, the ABC television network cancelled Miss America. Fifty years after it premiered on national TV, the famous Òbeauty pageantÓ has fallen on hard times. Last month, the annual show drew just 9.8 million viewers
Street: Campaign and Debate Reflections
Oct 17, 2004
Like many on the left, I am of a split mind on the now concluded debates and the campaign melodrama, which is a bigger quadrennial extravaganza than usual this time for some good reasons.
More than any other events on the campaign trail this year, the debates have drawn intense public interest. Viewers are eager for something more than the carefully packaged junk that usually passes for political coverage -- the nonstop media mix of countl
Spannos: Canada's Illegal War
Oct 02, 2004
Last weeks statement by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, that the US led war on Iraq was
Solomon: Missing: A Media Focus on the Supreme Court
Sep 18, 2004
The big media themes about the 2004 presidential campaign have reveled in vague rhetoric and flimsy controversies. But little attention has focused on a matter of profound importance: Whoever wins the race for the White House will be in a position to slan
Street: The Racial Windfall Lives On: The Living Legacy of Past Racism and the Case for Reparations
Sep 16, 2004
Fifty years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision declared that "separate is unequal" and therefore unconstitutional, as the dominant two business parties in the United States stock their convention stages with a disproportionate number of black
Solomon: Roveâ€™s Brain and Media Manipulation
Sep 10, 2004
I just saw a horror movie -- â€œBushâ€™s Brainâ€ -- the new documentary based on a book with the same name by journalists James Moore and Wayne Slater. The bookâ€™s subtitle is â€œHow Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential.â€ Iâ€™ll spare you the grim details. What matters most now is that Roveâ€™s long record of shady and vicious media operations is not just in the past.
Solomon: RoveÕs Brain and Media Manipulation
Sep 10, 2004
I just saw a horror movie -- ÒBushÕs BrainÓ -- the new documentary based on a book with the same name by journalists James Moore and Wayne Slater. The bookÕs subtitle is ÒHow Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential.Ó IÕll spare you the grim details. Wh
Street: Not-So "Sobering News"
Sep 06, 2004
Last Thursday the United States Census Bureau reported a sharp rise in both the poor and the medically uninsured in 2003.Ê Last year, we learned, 1.3 million more citizens in the "world's richest nation" were pushed below the federal government's notoriou
Solomon: Beyond Hero Worship
Aug 29, 2004
ÒHappy is the country which requires no heroes,Ó Bertolt Brecht commented. Today, by that standard, the United States is a very unhappy country.
Shiva: Who Won, Who Lost: The Victory of the Agribusiness in the WTO Framework Agreement
Aug 26, 2004
On 16th August, Commerce Minister Kamal Nath informed the Rajya Sabha that India had made significant gains in the recently negotiated Framework Agreement in Geneva on the Doha Work Programme.
A recent obituary in the New York Times told about Frank Smith, "who as an inmate leader at Attica prison was tortured by officers in the aftermath of the prisoner uprising of 1971 and then spent a quarter century successfully fighting for legal damages."
It seems that the polls reflecting Democratic candidate John Kerry's rise in popularity struck a nerve with some conservatives, and before you can say ''wag the dog,'' we have a new orange level crisis here at home. Thank goodness for the Bush administrat
The General Council of the WTO is to meet on 27-29 July 2004 to pick up the negotiations that broke down in Cancun on the Doha Mandate.
Sagar: Reagan: The â€˜Performingâ€™ Politician
Jul 02, 2004
A man who prolonged the Cold War by turning the heat on the Soviet Union. A man who talked glibly of freedom and democracy but supported some of the worst dictators in Latin America and Asia. And a man who made the privatization of government a religious cause but who finally departed Planet Earth with a subsidized STATE funeral (that funeral should have been auctioned out really).
Solomon: Presidential Campaigns and Media Charades
Jun 22, 2004
Political myth-making goes into overdrive every four years. With presidential campaigns fixated mostly on media, an array of nonstop spin takes its toll while illogic often takes hold: When heroes are absent, theyÕre invented. When convenient claims are u
The world is stunned by the results of the Indian elections, both because of how the ruling BJP was wiped out at the polls in spite of its "India Shining" Campaign and its exclusivist "Hindutva" plank, but also because the majority of voters of this great
Some ZNet readers have by now caught a whiff of the putrid Stanley Fish droppings that floated to the top of the New York Times editorial page last week. Fish's May 21st New York Times commentary, marvelously titled "Why We Built the Ivory Tower," is dedi
Secours: Red, White, Black & Blue
Jun 12, 2004
WEB Dubois said the greatest challenge of the 20th century will be the color line. Lately I've been reminded--repeatedly it seems--just how relevant his words remain in 2004.