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Politico’s Michael Calderone On The Menu: Flight 253 Coverage “Reverted Back To Same Language” After 9/11

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Today’s guest on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast was Politico.com staff writer Michael Calderone, talking about the political stories that will shape 2010.

Specifically, Calderone discussed the media’s response to the attempting bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 and the NY Times’ rush job on an upcoming 8,000+ word article about terrorism.

Calderone noted correctly that there was “an onslaught of commentary” after the attempted bombing. He looked at some of the cable transcripts from 2001, directly after 9/11 and, “saw a lot of the same language re-occurring. You sort of have reverted back to the same language,” he said, regarding “wars against Islam,” airport security and other themes.

Regardless of the language used, the public was clearly hungry for the news. “CNN won the night on Friday [the night of the attack] and it showed to me that a lot of people wanted a steady stream of news to find out what was going on.” MSNBC stayed with taped holiday programing, while Fox News joined CNN in covering the story.

The show was hosted by GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven. You can listen to all the past podcasts archived at mediabistro.com or download episodes for free on iTunes. Click here to download the MP3 version.

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