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Creative license

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The “Saving Private Lynch” saga gets weirder by the day. Lynch, you will recall, is the Army private rescued from an Iraqi hospital. Early media accounts initiated by the military portrayed her as…

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Maintain the trust

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In the wake of the Jason Blair affair and the subsequent resignations of Howell Raines and Gerald Boyd at the New York Times, the newspaper biz is, healthily, being spurred to rethink its commitment…

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Little guys lost

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Though no constituency claimed to be entirely satisfied with the FCC’s latest relaxation of media ownership rules Monday, the big guys got more of what they hoped for than other parties did…

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Tonys too tony

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The hills are alive with the sound of Tony Award soul-searching. For the sake of the venerable legit legions, we hope that the rejuvenation effort has positive results. Seeking to stop a steep…

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Keep ratings credible

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Boffo box office for the R-rated "The Matrix Reloaded" may be cause for celebration, but the film's huge success says something less encouraging about the difficulties of enforcing the Motion Picture…

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Many voices needed

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The Federal Communications Commission's landmark June 2 vote on new media ownership rules is fast approaching. So why is it that we have heard so little elaboration from the body's free-marketeers?

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Fourtou-itous timing?

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In mergers and acquisitions, timing is the key. That truism is worth noting amid the swirl of speculation about Vivendi Universal’s entertainment assets. The film studio will have six films coming…

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Oscar date debate

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There's no going back. The motion picture academy this week released its official schedule for next year's accelerated Oscar campaign. Amid all of the angst-ridden reaction, however, one wonders how…

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