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AU in the Media: 10/02/09

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International Boundaries

Mary Fan, professor of law, appeared on WTTG-Fox 5's Morning News to discuss international laws surrounding director Roman Polanski as he fights extradition from Europe to the United States for a 32-year-old sexual assault case. "I’m not seeing a lot of legal avenues for him. What I’m seeing is a lot of opportunity for delay because there’s a lot of formal paperwork to be filed still," she said. "The case is very strong to extradite him under the terms of the 1990 treaty between Switzerland and the United States." (9/29/09)

Other Features

Broadcast Radio Honors for WAMU

The International Bluegrass Music Association honored Katy Daley, host of WAMU's Katy Daly Show, as Broadcaster of the Year. Daley’s honor was highlighted in 15 news outlets, including the Houston Chronicle, Thomson Reuters and the Portland Business Journal. "Katy's career in bluegrass music, which began right here at WAMU 88.5 and spans three decades, has been a true testament to the mission of Bluegrass Country —enlightening a worldwide audience about the past of bluegrass music, and supporting the future of Bluegrass culture," said Caryn G. Mathes, general manager of WAMU 88.5 and WAMU's Bluegrass Country. (10/1/09)

Supreme Court Back in Session

Stephen Wermiel, professor of law, was a guest on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show to preview the Supreme Court’s new term and new justice Sonia Sotomayor. "She’s replacing David Souter, as we know, who had become increasingly liberal and progressive in his view of the rights of criminal defendants so where she stands on those issues may effect whether the court is 6-3 or 5-4 on some criminal cases," he said. In reference to her stance on the rights of juvenile offenders, Wermiel said, " We didn’t learn all that much about her views in those issues from the confirmation hearings, so I think we’ll be watching closely to see where her vote falls in those cases. " (9/30/09)

OpEds and Editorials

Obama at the U.N.

In an opinion piece for the History News Network, PhD student Louie Milojevic discussed President Obama’s speech to the United Nations. "Political leanings aside, American presidents from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush have used the United Nations as a platform from which to project national power and ensure the continuity of the ‘American way’ in international affairs. A bedrock principle in America’s relations with the United Nations, there has been more than one way that presidents have pursued this goal. "Some have assumed leadership through intimidation, others by avoiding responsibility, and there have also been optimistic presidents who placed an unreasonable amount of political capital in the world body. President Obama’s address reflected none of these philosophies," he wrote.(9/28/09)

Faculty and Quotes

Journalists vs. Documentarians

Patricia Aufderheide, director of the Center for Social Media, spoke about the distinction between journalists and documentarians in the New York Times after a retired prosecutor recanted statements made in a documentary about Roman Polanski. "Documentarians often distinguish themselves from journalists, not only because they are not reporting daily news, but also because they develop intimate relationships with their subjects over time," she said, pointing out how documentarians’ focus on untold stories has served as evidence in some legal cases. (10/1/09)

Presidents Continuing Public Service

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, was quoted on NPR's Morning Edition about the emerging trend of former presidents continuing public service work after leaving office. "Most presidents have died in office unfortunately or shortly thereafter and so there are very few to look to see a model of continued public service," he said. "It's like a chapter in the White House and then [they are expected] to continue their work after they leave office. And I think that Carter and Clinton have established that track record." (10/1/09)

The Afghanistan Fight Continues

Akbar Ahmed, professor of international relations, was a guest on NPR's Talk of the Nation to discuss life inside the Taliban and its fight for control of Afghanistan from outside military groups. “It’s not only different in quality, but it’s different above all in the fact that the Taliban are fighting on and for their country. That is their land,” he said. “Afghanistan is a tribal society. It’s been a tribal society for a thousand years, and it will remain a tribal society, you know, for the next couple of centuries. So don’t go charging in and become involved in a tribal war.”

More Diversity on Sunday Talk Shows

Angie Chuang, assistant professor of journalism, was quoted by McClatchy News Service about Radio One’s new show, Washington Watch with Roland Martin, which was created to add diversity on the Sunday talk show line up, where black politicians are rarely seen. "The timing of the show couldn't be better," she said. "The discussion on race — particularly around Obama — has reached a critical mass and we're having trouble figuring out how to talk about it. Someone like Martin might be able to push it through." (9/25/09)

Tweeting 101

Amy Eisman, director of writing programs and the Weekend Interactive Journalism Program, was quoted by The Washington Times about incorporating Twitter in college communications courses. "We in the journalism division would be foolish if we didn't incorporate some understanding of Twitter's power, and foibles, into our classrooms," she said. "The broader goal is to help citizens understand a complex society so that they can make more informed decisions based on accurate information. Sometimes that information comes through a well-crafted story. Sometimes it comes from a well-produced broadcast piece. Sometimes it comes from the crowd-sourced Twitter feed that links to audio elsewhere. No one single delivery is a substitute for the other." (9/29/09)

Global Cooperation and the U.N.

David Bosco, professor of international politics, was a guest on Voice of America Radio to discuss his new book, Five to Rule Them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World, and President Obama’s address to the United Nations and his agenda to engage more with the world body. "When it comes down to getting things done, I am somewhat skeptical that the Obama administration will be able to get out of the council as much as it hopes it will, " he said, adding that the United States and many countries in the West differ on where to stand on the topic of nonproliferation. (9/26/09)