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NATIONAL
September 1, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The U.S. command in Baghdad is seeking bidders for a two-year, $20-million public relations contract that calls for monitoring the tone of Iraq news stories filed by U.S. and foreign media. Proposals, which are due Wednesday, ask companies to show how they'll "provide continuous monitoring and near-real-time reporting of Iraqi, pan-Arabic, international and U.S. media," according to the solicitation issued last week.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2006 | Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writer
In the old days, working the news media during a Mexican presidential campaign was a pretty simple affair: The ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party routinely pressured and/or bribed newspapers and radio and television stations to run stories favorable to the government. For the most part, the media complied in this symbiotic arrangement.
WORLD
April 26, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Canada's new Conservative government banned the media from showing live images of the flag-draped coffins of four Canadian soldiers when their bodies were returned from Afghanistan. The families of at least two soldiers said they were disturbed by the media blackout and the lack of lowered flags.
OPINION
March 1, 2005 | R. Foster Winans, R. Foster Winans is the author of "Trading Secrets" (St. Martin's Press, 1986).
When Martha Stewart leaves prison this weekend, she will walk into the arms of a media circus and a commercial juggernaut that promises to turn what would be a shameful moment for anyone else into a triumph of marketing. There's something terribly wrong with this picture, and what it says about our culture's ethics and sense of fair play is deeply disturbing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2005 | Jessica Garrison and Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writers
Mayor James K. Hahn gazed soberly at the turnout for his Tuesday morning news conference: not a single television camera. Two weeks before election day and the mayor had drawn just one reporter to his announcement about environmental initiatives. "All rain all the time," Hahn said wistfully. "That's the only thing anyone wants to cover." By Tuesday afternoon, however, he had figured out how to attract television coverage: Stand in front of a landslide, preferably in a yellow slicker.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2004 | DAVID SHAW
Ever since the public opinion polls came out after the first presidential debate, I've been trying to figure out why they almost universally showed such a significant rise in John Kerry's fortunes. I don't just mean his rise in the horse race -- going from well behind President Bush to pulling almost even (and in a couple of polls, slightly ahead) on the "Whom would you vote for?" question. I mean the voters' increased approval of Kerry on a wide variety of policy and character issues.
NATIONAL
August 28, 2004 | Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer
In the past half year, President Bush, Sen. John F. Kerry and others have spent well over $250 million on campaign commercials that have saturated 100 local television markets. But the advertisement that has grabbed the most buzz was actually a bargain.
NATIONAL
June 22, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Senate refused on Monday to change a Pentagon policy banning media coverage of America's war dead as their remains arrive in flag-draped caskets. "It's an outrage," said Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who had sponsored legislation to allow coverage of homecoming ceremonies at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Lautenberg said the Pentagon directive that requires strict censorship, "issued just as the Iraq war began ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2004 | Mark Arax and Don Wright, Special to The Times
The murder trial of Scott Peterson was moved to San Mateo County Tuesday after a Superior Court judge reaffirmed that a fair trial wasn't possible in Modesto, the hometown of Peterson's dead wife. Stanislaus County Judge Al Girolami said Tuesday that San Mateo County was the best choice. He said it was far enough away that local hostilities toward Peterson would not taint the jury pool but close enough for the parade of Modesto witnesses to commute.
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