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LATEST EDITION OF MEDIA MATTERS HIGHLIGHTS THE PRESS' ROLE IN THE DEBATE OVER INVADING OF IRAQ -- PREMIERING JANUARY 16, PRESENTED BY THIRTEEN/WNET NEW YORK

Has the press lived up to its responsibility to fully explore the Bush administration's Iraq policy? Is the Web delivering on the promise of the age-old American ideal of freedom of the press? What does a photojournalist think about when faced with taking pictures of the worst terrorist tragedy in American history? When are photographs too controversial to publish?

Power politics, ethics, and new technology -- MEDIA MATTERS probes the stories behind the news. The critically acclaimed newsmagazine returned with four new segments which premiered Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 10 p.m. (E.T.) on PBS.

Hosted by Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Jones, director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, MEDIA MATTERS explores contemporary journalism from the inside, providing new insight into how -- and how well -- the news media do their job.

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Jeff Mermelstein encountered a different New York on September 11, 2001.