Media Mashup: October 13, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 7.26.40 AMTruth: The Movie

At a time when journalistic credibility is at an incredibly low point after Bri the Liar and the Rolling Stone rape, it seems inappropriate for a movie about Dan Rather and truth. The movie, “Truth,” arrives this week in theaters. The film centers on Rather’s discredited story about former President George Bush’s military record.

Rather reportedly teared up at a screening. I hope the film’s backers tear up when the motion picture loses money.

Iran Dealings Seem Dead

The National Interest analyzes the future of U.S. talks with Iran: “’Negotiation with America is forbidden.’” With those words, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei threw cold water on the hope in some circles (and fear in others) that a broader opening in relations with the United States would follow July’s nuclear deal.”

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The War on Terror: Who’s Winning?

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters think the terrorists are winning the War on Terror. That’s up from 43% in September and is the highest finding in regular tracking since 2004. Just 26% think the United States and its allies are winning, generally in line with findings over the past several months. Twenty-two percent (22%) say neither side is ahead.

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to


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