This Week in the News…

Posted: February 27, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Sunday, Feb. 22, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Low-key Leadership; CNN Exec Has Much Riding on his Performance

“A lot has changed since the proverbial good old days–both in the news game and at CNN’s parent company. When Turner founded CNN in 1980 and proclaimed ‘news is the star,’ the network had an entrepreneurial culture. But it long ago lost the advantage of being the fresh product everyone talks about. Competitors MSNBC and Fox News launched in 1996. The Internet, meanwhile, has created a sea of on-demand news, noted Frank Sesno, a former CNN Washington bureau chief who now is a communication professor at George Mason University. ‘Society is awash in information,’ he said. ‘There is so much noise and so many words that being distinctive and keeping people’s attention has become much more difficult.'”

Monday, Feb. 23, The New York Sun

Arts Institutions Practice Star System

“According to the dean of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, Bill Reeder, it takes a powerful ‘self-starter’ to break through the ranks. ‘The director of marketing is expected to be a really great director of marketing. So the board may not see that person at the next level,’ said Mr. Reeder. ‘In order to make that transition, the professional has to get the attention of the board and convince it that he is capable of managing more than the specific discipline than he grew up in.'”

Monday, Feb. 23, Associated Press

Teens to See ‘Passion’ With Church Groups

“Still others think Gibson’s movie focuses too much on the prolonged gore of Christ’s death to be suitable for young people–and not enough on his life. ‘He is a powerful director who’s too obsessed with blood and rage. And that doesn’t sit well with the adolescent tendency toward extreme emotions,’ says Marc Gopin, director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University.”

Tuesday, Feb. 24, Associated Press

Ridge: Terror Still a Concern for D.C.

“Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge warned Tuesday that Washington could again be the victim of terrorism and said preparing for that is a top concern. ‘We are the nation’s capital, we have been attacked before and we could be attacked again,’ Ridge said at a town hall meeting held at George Mason University. Billions of dollars have been spent on homeland security nationwide since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks at the Pentagon and World Trade Center, but Ridge said preparedness remains the nation’s greatest challenge to minimizing the impact of terrorism.”

Wednesday, Feb. 25, National Public Radio’s Marketplace

Michael Krauss, School of Law, was interviewed by David Brown on “Gun Legislation in the Crosshairs.” To hear the interview, link to the NPR site.

Thursday, Feb. 26, The Washington Post

Economist’s Challenge Puzzles Free-Trade Believers

“In university economics departments and establishment think tanks, such talk is akin to a biology professor endorsing creationism. ‘These pronouncements are especially troubling’ because Roberts is ‘a professional economist with a genuine free-market bent to his work,’ wrote Donald J. Boudreaux, chairman of the economics department of George Mason University, in a draft article he wrote for a journal published by the libertarian Cato Institute. According to Boudreaux, ‘Paul Craig Roberts does not understand the principle of comparative advantage,’ one of the central tenets of trade theory.”

Thursday, Feb. 26, National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation

Russell Roberts, professor of economics, was interviewed by NPR’s Neal Conan about Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan’s warning that Social Security benefits may need to be cut.

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