Media Matters (10/01/99) | 1999
News magazine special that examines the practices and performance of the media. In the first segment, Buster Olney, Yankees beat reporter for "The New York Times," reveals the behind-the-scenes world of sports reporting. In the second segment, "The New York Times Magazine" reporter Lisa Belkin examines how the media handles new medical discoveries and miracle cures. In the third segment, Chicago author and journalist Alex Kotlowitz reports on the way the media covered the story of two inner-city Chicago boys -- 7 and 8-years-old -- who were falsely indicted for the murder of 11-year-old Ryan Harris. The program also includes the "Tough Calls" segment, which poses a difficult editorial choice and compares decisions made by key media professionals and non-journalists as they propose their own solutions to the problem.