E73: All the President’s Men, Pt 2 – Editorial Oversight

This is episode two of two on All the President’s Men, a film directed by Alan J. Pakula, starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. In this episode, we look at what this film has to say about the media and how it works. Woodward and Bernstein did a lot of tedious checking up. In turn, their editor checked up on them! Editorial oversight really plays a big role in this film. Working relationships between the press and public officials are also very important for getting the truth out: if they can trust each other, they can help each other. The press bring moral confrontation against public evils, but how heavy is their burden of proof? What about anonymous source confidentiality?

E72: All the President’s Men, Pt 1

This is episode one of two on All the President’s Men, a film directed by Alan J. Pakula, starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. In this episode, we look at the relationship between media and politics. Woodstein reporting brought down the Nixon presidency because it was truly on to something. The Fourth Branch of Government has real influence, but it must be truly independent and not fall to its own version of regulatory capture. The press aren’t the police, but they do have a responsibility to the public not to cry wolf. A bad press is like a compromised immune system.

E62: 1984 Part 1, Chapter 4

This is our fourth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. We go to work with Winston and see him as he plows into his job. There is a strong element of satire and poking fun at the composition of news articles in this chapter. With this episode, we here at Food for Thought Police give a hearty three cheers for journalistic integrity.

E28: Dystopia in the News “Our Boys at the Front”

In this episode, we look at dystopian elements in the news. We look at ways the internet is being used, genetic engineering and reproductive health and some implications for society, and then a bit about education and mass media. Dystopian literature is fiction about reality . . . from a safe distance. But what, pray tell, is it pointing out? Find out as we wade into the discussion in this week’s episode!


E14: Fahrenheit 451, Pt. 1 “Thousands of Memory Holes”

This is episode 1 of 3 on Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. We talk about media as an opiate of the masses, people just want to feel good. The firemen don’t burn books because the government wants to oppress, people stopped reading a long time ago already. Minorities must not be offended, so all the offensive stuff goes up in flames. Nobody has tolerance for discomfort anymore, so they blast their brains with endless entertainment. Blind yourself to the truth, you can destroy yourself real quick.