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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the newly released CIA torture report, the unraveling of Rolling Stone’s story of a rape at UVA, and The Colbert Report’s impact on American politics.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- Some of Emily’s first pieces for Slate covered the CIA’s torture program during the Bush administration.
- This week, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by several former CIA directors and deputy directors disputing the torture report’s finding that no actionable intelligence was gained through torture.
- According to the Associated Press, Americans are more accepting of torturing terrorists for information than they were almost a decade ago.
- Two psychologists were paid $81 million by the CIA to develop techniques used to torture detainees.
- The Washington Post has been effectively re-reporting the UVA rape story, uncovering many inconsistencies between the piece published in Rolling Stone and claims made by people in the story itself.
- Earlier this year, the New York Times exposed the Tallahassee, Florida, police’s complicity in downgrading and occasionally seeking to tamp down charges against Florida State University’s football team.
- Rolling Stone is planning to re-report the UVA story.
- A study released by the Annenberg Public Policy Center showed that Colbert Report viewers had a greater knowledge overall of how campaign finance laws and super PACs work.
- Hendrik Hertzberg argues that Colbert’s character allows him to pose questions to interviewees that other late-night hosts and journalists cannot ask.
Emily chatters about the new iOS update.
John chatters about the demise of Congressman Wilbur Mills.
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