- Making News: President Bush Speaks to the UN
President Bush spoke to the United Nations today, and defended his decision to invade Iraq, which was made without UN Security Council approval. Michael Hirsch, senior editor at Newsweek magazine, says that despite his admonition to the world' body's international delegates that all nations have a stake in defending democracy his real target was the American electorate in anticipation of the November election.
- Reporter's Notebook: Saudi Woman Running for Office?
She can't go out in public without being fully covered. She can't travel without permission from a male guardian. She can't even drive a car. But she can run for political office, and she will. Next spring, Nadia Bakhurji plans be on the ballot for a local municipal council. Faiza Saleh Amba, who's based in Riyadh for the Christian Science Monitor, reports on the first woman in Saudi history to run for political office.
FROM THIS EPISODE
When Dan Rather and CBS admitted yesterday that they had mistakenly relied on false documents in a report on President Bush's National Guard service, some pundits called it a watershed moment for the media. But if questions are being raised about what's next for Rather, what about the bigger question of what happens to real issues when the media becomes the story? With the rise of popularity in partisan magazines, blog sites and talk shows, is objectivity an old-fashioned idea? Is the US headed for the kind of partisan reporting that's popular in Europe? Guest host Sara Terry speaks with journalism scholars and media watchdogs as well as those who report the news--including a founding employee of CNN.