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July 26th, 2011
11:02 AM ET

Maid in DSK assault case speaks out: Will media interviews influence case?

Nafissatou Diallo, the 32-year-old hotel maid accusing former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her, decided to speak to the media about her experience this weekend, interviewing with both ABC and Newsweek.

Diallo's choice to go public with her accusations in the middle of a pending criminal investigation is extremely unusual and has put a lot of pressure on Manhattan prosecutors, who she plans to meet with on Wednesday.

Sunny Hostin, CNN legal contributor, and Paul Callan, criminal defense attorney, join American Morning today to discuss if Diallo's interviews will help or hurt her case and to weigh in on why they think she decided to talk.

Filed under: DSK • Media
July 25th, 2011
10:17 AM ET

'Life in a Day:' Documentary turns YouTube videos into art

On July 24, 2010, thousands of people around the world uploaded videos of their lives to YouTube to take part in "Life in a Day", a historic cinematic experiment to create a documentary film about a single day on earth.

Since then, Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald and a team of editors have whittled down over 80,000 clips and about 4,500 hours worth of material into an extraordinary 90-minute film set to open in theaters this weekend.

Macdonald joins American Morning today to describe how he created the documentary and to discuss what inspired him to make the film.

Filed under: Film • Media • YouTube
July 13th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Is Murdoch's media empire in trouble?

Rupert Murdoch, his son James and former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks were called to testify before Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport Committee yesterday as a part of an ongoing investigation into the phone hacking scandal that has rocked Murdoch's media empire.

John Burns, London Bureau Chief for the New York Times, joins Kiran Chetry on American Morning today to talk about the nature of the investigation and to discuss how the scandal will affect Murdoch's business pursuits.

Filed under: Media
July 11th, 2011
10:27 AM ET

How does American tabloid journalism compare to other countries?

After 168 years in circulation, The News Of The World released its final edition yesterday amid allegations that the newspaper hacked into the voice mailboxes of over 4,000 people, including royal aides, sports stars, celebrities and politicians.

Most notably, the paper hacked into the phone of 13-year-old Milly Dowler after she had been abducted, deleting phone messages and leading friends and family members to believe that Milly was still alive, when in fact she had been murdered.

In the wake of the hacking scandal, Lloyd Grove, editor for the Daily Beast, joins American Morning today to take a look at tabloid journalism in the U.S. and the methods American journalists employ to gather information.

Filed under: Media
January 21st, 2011
09:36 AM ET

MTV's new show, 'Skins': Has edgy gone too far?

MTV's racy new teen drama, "Skins" is a hit. But does it expose too much?

The Parents Television Council wants Congress and the Justice Department to investigate the show for child pornography and exploitation of its underage stars, and Taco Bell is pulling their ads from the show because they say its content isn't fit for their brand.

Brian Stelter is a media reporter for The New York Times and has reported on this story and says, "The problem with "Skins" is it's rated for mature audiences but 1.2 million of the viewers on Monday night were under 18."

Filed under: Media • Television
October 22nd, 2010
08:19 AM ET

"Glee" photos too sexy?

"Glee Gone Wild." The GQ Magazine photo spread featuring the cast members of Fox's hit family television show "Glee" clad in next-to-nothing outfits is called racy, even pornographic.

So, has a show that has already taken on its share of taboos gone too far this time?

This morning, two critics share opposite views with American Morning's John Roberts. Melissa Henson with the Parents Television Council says the photos are "very damaging" and send the wrong message. Robert Thompson, pop culture expert with Syracuse University, calls the photos "racy," but he isn’t so sure parents need to worry specifically about the photo spread.

Filed under: American Morning • Entertainment • Media • Parenting • Pop Culture
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