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When the Press Fails and Succeeds (2007)

Louisiana Book Talks



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-11-03

Duration: 00:29:17

Subjects: Louisiana Book Festival | Journalism | Press | Iraq War, 2003-2011 | Hurricane Katrina, 2005 | Bennett, W. Lance | Authors


  • Mann, Bob Moderator
  • Bennett, W. Lance Panelist
  • Tiner, Stan Panelist


This “Louisiana Book Talk” from the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge on November 3, 2007, features Robert Mann of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication moderating a panel discussion on “When the Press Fails and Succeeds.” The panelists are Dr. W. Lance Bennett, the author of “When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina” and Stan Tiner, the executive director of the “The Sun Herald” newspaper in Biloxi, Mississippi. They discuss: the news media’s failure in covering the War in Iraq; how reporters deal with spin; the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal; and the coverage of Hurricane Katrina at the national and local level.