The final for my Comparative Government course. I think I wrote it in the space of a few hours, while holding little interest and dealing with personal issues. Such is life. Continue reading “Introduction to Comparative Government, Final”
These two essays were submitted as a midterm for my Introduction to Comparative Government course.
I remember finding the course fairly irritating, since it took as a premise that democracy was the best form of government. I believe the cites were just out of a few course textbooks; if anybody actually wants them I can look up the books and link to them.
This is one of a series of weekly review papers I had to write during my “Introduction to International Relations” course. It discusses Scott Sagan’s viewpoint on nuclear proliferation as espoused in The Spread of Nuclear Weapons.
Why We Need Anonymous Sources
Journalists are considered the ultimate check on our government. They courageously uncover and report on governmental abuses and stories of great public importance. The information they provide has toppled administrations and shown the public the sorts of crimes we commit in the name of peace. One of their most important tools is the anonymous source; the whistle blower who is unwilling to speak on the record for fear of losing a job or breaking an unjust law. These sources have been instrumental in most of the journalistic coups of the last half-century, and it is clear that the entire country, through journalists, has come to depend on them. Continue reading “Paper: We Need Anonymous Sources”
Watergate. It is a name whose meaning stretches far beyond a luxury Washington hotel. It is a name of scandal, crime, and cover-up. It is a name that changed a generation. It is a name that destroyed a President. And so it may dishearten some to consider that Watergate’s new meaning was revealed to us through incredibly unethical investigative reporting. Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward were arguably directly responsible for the Watergate investigations and most certainly played an instrumental role in keeping the incident in the public consciousness. Yet in their book All the President’s Men they portray their own investigation as fraught with moral lapses. And while they admitted to having private doubts, they continued on because it is sometimes acceptable for investigative journalists to be morally flexible.
Continue reading “Paper: Ethics in Investigative Reporting”
Shortly after I arrived at college as a freshman, I was in a “Reading the News” writing course, and decided to analyze the biases present in the Fox News and LA Times articles when President Bush took responsibility for the federal government’s failures in Hurricane Katrina. This is one of my better papers.
A study of foxnews.com & latimes.com
President George W. Bush recently shocked the country (or at least its liberals) when he personally accepted responsibility for the federal government’s failures (in search & rescue, refugee services, and mobilization of personnel) in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and its flooding of New Orleans. It was hailed as his first admission of failure (in 5 decidedly mixed years of presidency), a politically astute move, and another brainchild of political mastermind Karl Rove. But regardless of its motivation, his statement provides an interesting case study in the realities of media bias.