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AU in the Media: 1/30/09

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A night at the movies

Nick Clooney, distinguished journalist-in-residence in the School of Communication, his son George Clooney, and television news veteran Bill Small discussed the younger Clooney's film “Good Night, and Good Luck” at the Newseum in front of a full house for the Reel Journalism With Nick Clooney film series, a joint project of AU and the Newseum. "You will get precisely the news you deserve if you accept mediocrity," advised Professor Clooney to the audience of AU journalism students and people from the Washington, D.C., area. This story was picked up by more than 100 news outlets, including the Associated Press, Washington Post’s Reliable Source, Cincinnati Enquirer, Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight. (1/26/09)

Faculty, Programs, & Quotes

Supporter overload

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, was a guest on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered to discuss President Obama’s formation of a grassroots organization, consisting of a list of supporters and donors tied to the Democratic National Committee. It could give the president a powerful tool for dealing with Congress. "This can backfire fairly easily," said. "If they overuse the list, if they flood the Hill with huge mobilization campaigns and it irritates people...They have to be very careful the way they use this resource.” (1/25/09)

Bad economy = one term

Allan Lichtman, presidential historian, was quoted in a Reuters story about the likelihood of President Barack Obama serving a second term lying on the state of the economy. "The one thing you want to avoid if you want to be re-elected is a bad election-year economy," he said, pointing out the losses of Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush, whose elections years occurred in the middle of a failing economy. This article appeared in more than 100 news outlets. (1/26/09)

Voter ID not an issue

A voter identification study by Curtis Gans, director of the Center for the Study of the American Electorate, was featured in the Wall Street Journal, highlighting how the lack of impact various state laws, which many believed were created to suppress minorities votes, had on the large turnout of black voters on Election Day. The report also highlighted the record turnout of minority voters in Georgia and Indiana, where many predicted vote disenfranchisement. (1/30/09)

A new chapter for Bolivia

Robert Albro, an expert on social and indigenous movements in Latin America, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story about Bolivia president Evo Morales and his victorious campaign for a new constitution."Bolivia's successful referendum process is precedent-setting with respect to indigenous empowerment worldwide," he said. "It is really an unbelievable moment in Bolivian history.” (1/27/09)

Making sports history

Perry Wallace, a professor of law, was featured in a St. Petersburg Times story about his life as the Southeastern Conference's first black basketball player while a student at Vanderbilt University. “What it has basically done for me, as I have struggled to come out on top of it, is that it's made me that proverbial better person,” he said. “It also makes you have to learn a lot about people and about life. And it made me a stronger person, a smarter person, about people and about life."(1/25/09)

A sketchy suspect

John Watson, a professor of communication, was quoted in a Times-Picayune story about the validity of police sketches of wanted suspects. Watson, who did journalism ethics study on the topic, said the sketches are only useful based on the victim’s memory. "The level of distortion increases," he said. (1/28/09)

Education can heal itself

In his opinion piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Milton Greenberg, professor emeritus of government and former interim president, said that higher education can heal itself instead of asking for a piece of the economic bailout package by improving its elementary and secondary education. “In my fantasy, colleges and universities would dedicate themselves to work with schools to produce students who wouldn't require remediation in the three R's, who would be prepared for the world of science and technology, and who would earn college degrees on time,” he said “In just a few years, the resultant increase in college enrollments, coupled with the inevitable growth of online learning, would go a long way toward resolving higher education's admitted deficiencies and mitigating its financial problems — and might even justify a cash infusion to build and refurbish academic facilities.” (1/30/09)