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Flashpoints USA

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A quarterly public-affairs series examining issues that are both timely and long-range. Each episode looks at a single topic (typically a controversial one) from a variety of viewpoints.

Premiered: July 15, 2003

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Season 1, Episode 2 The Media Today: Truth or Lies?

First Aired: September 16, 2003

The second edition of Bryant Gumbel and Gwen Ifilll's quarterly public-affairs series focuses on the media. Segments include an interview with Tom Brokaw on the state of the media; and reports on such subjects as the Jayson Blair scandal at The New York Times; media consolidation (including an interview with FCC chairman Michael Powell); whether journalists should have political agendas (including a profile of Bill O'Reilly); and the phenomenon of “pack journalism” (the case studied is the 2002 coal-mine flood in western Pennsylvania). Also: a roundtable discussion of media issues. Panelists include J. Max Robins (TV GUIDE), Ed Bark (Dallas Morning News) and Brooke Gladstone (National Public Radio).