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Jennifer Harper

Jennifer Harper

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NASA to restore moon landing footage

NASA admitted Thursday that it erased the original recordings of the first men landing on the moon as a cost-cutting measure back in an era when live TV was the media mode of choice. Published July 17, 2009

Fetuses found to have memories

They weigh less than 3 pounds, usually, and are perhaps 15 inches long. But they can remember. Published July 16, 2009

Public tires but Jackson news continues

Michael Jackson fatigue has set in among Americans inundated with titillating media coverage of the pop star's celebrated life and unexpected death almost three weeks ago. Published July 15, 2009

Minority broadcasters ask Geithner to bail them out

Minority broadcasters asked for the same kind of federal bailout afforded the auto and financial industries in a July 12 letter from 14 top executives in the group to Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner. Published July 14, 2009

Inside Politics Weekend: Fore score

Amazingly enough, CNS News recently revealed that President Obama has gone out and played a round of golf 11 times since taking office. Nice. Published July 12, 2009

Inside Politics Weekend: Palin pile-on

Bashing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is sport for many journalists, particularly those who are perhaps bored by the summer doldrums. Published July 5, 2009

Marketing ploy backfires on Post

A marketing scheme backfired on The Washington Post on Thursday, forcing the newspaper into uncharacteristic mea culpa mode. Published July 3, 2009

Washington Post cancels 'salons'

So much for The Washington Post's plans to host a series of fancy "salons" for political insiders, business leaders, lawmakers and reporters. Published July 2, 2009

Voight rebuts 'hate speech' tag

Free speech got a loud boost from Hollywood on Wednesday. Jon Voight has responded to accusations from a critic sympathetic to the American Communist Party, who said the actor had used hate speech and threatened the well-being of President Obama during a recent appearance before Republicans in Washington. Published July 2, 2009

Poll: Morals, integrity still key

As the source of media spectacle and late-night jokes, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has provided considerable distraction for the nation as his marital infidelity was made public. Published July 1, 2009

Sunday talk shows remain vital

In the age of nonstop news with multiplatform delivery, the Sunday political talk shows genre is no dinosaur. The combined audience of the Big Four is solid and consistent, and the shows continue to drive the national discourse. Published June 28, 2009

Inside Politics Weekend: Hating Huffington

Should we fear Arianna Huffington and her mighty HuffPo? Dunno. Should we praise her? Nope, says one critic who examined the underpinnings of the Huffington media empire and emerged unimpressed. Published June 28, 2009

World laments Michael Jackson, awaits answers

The world still buzzed 24 hours after the sudden death of Michael Jackson, clinging to his music, puzzling over his lifestyle and mourning the loss of a very distinctive cultural icon. Many also wondered what killed him. Published June 27, 2009