- Making News: More from the bin Laden Tape
The Arabic-language TV network AlJazeera has released the full transcript of last week-s videotape from Osama bin Laden. It says that the long-term goal of al Qaeda is to -bleed America to the point of bankruptcy.- Fawez Gerges, author and professor of Middle Eastern studies at Sarah Lawrence College, says that bin Laden offers a special thanks to President Bush for helping the terrorist network become a factor in the America political process.
- Reporter's Notebook: TV News' Election Projection Blunders
In 2000, TV networks raised questions about their own credibility by projecting victory for Gore, then for Bush, before admitting the results were too close to call. After the historic debacle, network officials were dragged before congressional hearings to explain what went wrong. Many blamed Voter News Service, which they all used to get basic information. Now that-s been replaced by the National Election Pool. Former news director Scott Libin and Bob Thompson of the Center for the Study of Popular Television discuss what we can expect as the polls close this evening.
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