Flashpoints USA Episodes

2003, TV Show

Episode Detail: The Media Today: Truth or Lies? - Flashpoints USA

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).

Episodes: Flashpoints USA (4)

6/29/2004: America at War    Season 1, Episode 4
1/27/2004: God and Country    Season 1, Episode 3
9/16/2003: The Media Today: Truth or Lies?    Season 1, Episode 2
7/15/2003: The Sacrifices of Security    Season 1, Episode 1

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Premiered: July 15, 2003, on PBS
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Premise: 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.

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