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Murdochs, News Corp Face Big Week Of Investigations

This is a big week for Rupert and James Murdoch. The father and son face more questions from a wide-ranging judicial investigation into press abuses at British units of News Corporation: tabloid phone hacking, computer hacking and a police bribery scandal. Monday marked yet another embarrassing day for News Corp and the Murdochs as Sky News acknowledged it had hacked into the email of the target of two stories, despite explicitly telling the inquiry in September it had not been involved in any hacking.
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Behind the Scenes of The Big Broadcast

WAMU’s Ed Walker and Rob Bamberger present samples of vintage radio broadcasts and discuss how the programs enriched the lives of Americans in the 1930s and 1940s.

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Murdoch's News Corp. Faces New Legal Threats

Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper division is accused of phone hacking and bribing police officers. That scandal has already cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars. Now News Corp. is fending off media reports that a specialized unit engaged in industrial espionage on behalf of the company's global satellite and cable TV operations.
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Examining Coverage Of The Trayvon Martin Case

Steve Inskeep talks to Eric Deggans, TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times, about how media outlets are emphasizing different aspects of the Trayvon Martin story to grab the attention of particular audiences. Martin is the Florida teen who was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer in February.
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America Takes Note Of Racial Insensitivity In Media

The automaker Acura issued an apology Wednesday after the casting call sheet for its Superbowl commercial with Jerry Seinfeld leaked on the web. The commercial makers called for an African-American who was "not too dark." The same day, two Nashville men filed a class action lawsuit against ABC's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, accusing the company of blocking minority contestants on the reality-TV dating franchise. Audie Cornish talks to Tampa Bay Times commentator and TV critic Eric Deggans about what the incidents say about racial sensitivity in our culture.

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