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Hastily Searching for the ‘Truth’

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Screenwriter-turned-director James Vanderbilt (the two Amazing Spider-Man installments) sets his sights on the Mary Mapes account of the firestorm that erupted over the 60 Minutes report, back in 2004, on then-President George W. Bush’s military record.   

Curmudgeon Notes 12.31.13

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
CBS’ 60 Minutes broadcast an uncritical presentation of National Security Agency’s justifications for its constitutionally suspect surveillance of Americans.   

Considering Confirmation Bias at CBS News

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
We can learn from CBS News’ retreat from another major story after fiercely defending its veracity. The primary lesson is the havoc that “confirmation bias” can inflict on news gathering.  

Wu Tang Clan, Bono and Steven Tyler

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Fans of East Coast Hip Hop institution the Wu Tang Clan probably once never imagined that Method Man and Redman would become deodorant pitchmen one day, so maybe the announcement that their fellow Wu-man GZA is set to lecture at esteemed universities like MIT and Cornell this spring about — what else? — physics isn’t a huge shocker.  

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