January 14, 2009

I don't know whether to laugh or punch someone in the face

This is a correction in the Washington Post.

"A Jan. 7 Page One article incorrectly described current and former intelligence officials as believing that the CIA suffers from incompetent leadership and low morale. The sentence should have said that the officials expressed resentment about such suggestions"

Ummmmm.  Huh.  So the Page One article was, you know, totally and completely wrong.  And this then ran the next day on A02. 

And the MSM wonders why there are those of us who plan on donning the red dress and the spike heels and dancing on their grave. 

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January 13, 2009

Hope, Change, And Stacking The Media Deck

Nice to see The Messiah is stacking the deck at his press conferences. What is even more awesome is how the Deciding Dinosaurs go along with it.

As ferociously as we march like villagers with torches against Blagojevich, we have been, in the true spirit of the Bizarro universe, the polar opposite with the president-elect. Deferential, eager to please, prepared to keep a careful distance.

The Obama news conferences tell that story, making one yearn for the return of the always-irritating Sam Donaldson to awaken the slumbering press to the notion that decorum isn't all it's cracked up to be.

The press corps, most of us, don't even bother raising our hands any more to ask questions because Obama always has before him a list of correspondents who've been advised they will be called upon that day.

Almost makes you wonder if The Dinosaurs are trying to help The Messiah by not asking tough questions. And I recall how Kos and Media Matters used to accuse The Dinosaurs of being lapdogs of President Bush.

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January 12, 2009


I may not agree with him on a lot of issues, but I'll admit that Barack Obama ran a truly inspirational campaign. In fact, it was so inspirational that it apparently inspired the Pepsi logo:

CNN correspondent Alina Cho devoted an entire report on Monday’s American Morning program to how the Obama presidential run has apparently served as an inspiration for ad campaigns by big corporations. Cho zeroed in on how the Pepsi logo and the Obama campaign logo were “strikingly similar,” both using “swirls of red, white, and blue,” despite the fact that Pepsi has used the color scheme since World War II.
Well, I think what's going on here is obvious. Obama used his magical powers to travel back in time and persuade Pepsi to use a logo similar to his.  You know, for the good of the country.

Update: Blech.  (Thx, leon.)

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Dinosaur Sees No Problems On The Horizon

Ever since the NY Times decided to install the more pliable Clark Hoyt as their "Public Editor", self criticism has decreased. Funny how that happens. Well, Mr. Hoyt offers up yet another "move along, nothing to see here" moment with his defense of the paper's coverage of the Israel-Hamas Conflict.

Here is the howler of the article:

{photographer Patrick}Witty and his colleagues are frustrated because Israel has barred journalists from entering Gaza, and although The Times has two photographers in the region ready to go, it must rely on pictures taken by Palestinian photographers. "When I can't have my own person there, I have to question every picture that comes in -- to an obsessive degree," he said. Last summer, Witty unmasked as a fake a photo of an Iranian missile test that ran on many other front pages.

And, as NB dutifully points out, it wasn't Witty who caught the fauxtography, but none other than LGF.

In essence, the Paper of Record is busy setting out a possible meme that if you can't trust the reporting in Gaza, it isn't the fault of Hamas or the pro-Hamas sympathies of The Dinosaurs; instead, all of the fault of the accuracy of the reporting comes from Israel.


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January 09, 2009

Headline of the week

Driver warned of jail's sexual gorillas

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Destroying A Media Hoax, Piece By Piece

By Bob Owens.

Thanks to Snapped Shot.

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I like it when Gov. Palin calls out Trig Truthers

Especially the people at Trig Truther site and anti-Semitic conspiracy theory newsletter the Atlantic

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Apparently "resignation" means "staying at your same job, doing the same crap"

It seems like only yesterday I breathed a sigh of relief at the news that turncoat compassionate conservative David Frum was leaving National Review

But he still has his own blog on NRO, and he's still using it to advance the his quaint theory that Gov. Palin is a complete dumbass.

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Tavis Smiley Has His Work Cut Out For Him

He now is teamed up with Chris Matthews in one regard. This morning on MSNBC (natch), he said he "works for Obama" to "help make him a great President".

. I believe that he can be a great president. But only if we help make him a great president. It is not left to his own devices, it's not going to happen. We have to help make him a great president. And that's not casting aspersion on him. No president who was ever great wasn't helped in that process. There is no Abraham Lincoln without Frederick Douglas. And we could do this all day long. Every great president had people pushing them, had people helping them and encouraging them, empowering them to become great presidents. So I believe Obama can be. I want him to be. But we have to help make this guy a great president.

No bias there. But it gets better.

I'm concerned about the people around him about what the people allow him, all these Clintonites. There's a difference between being visionary and being revisionist. And what I'm sensing is, that we got a lot of folk that want to take us back to where we were, that's revisionist. Can we be visionary? Can we really step into what this moment is? And that's why I say I want him to be a great president.  But we got to help. We can't abandon him now. We can't abandon our posts. What are we going to do to help make him a great president?

This should end well. And these are the guys supporting the Fairness Doctrine.

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January 04, 2009

One of these things is not like the others

CNN's list of "Politicians who fell from grace in 2008" includes felons, philanderers, and...well, you'll see what I mean.


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January 02, 2009

Media Suddenly Love Deregulation

Too bad it involves deregulating the media, so that they can stay relevant.

If it takes a big man to admit he was wrong, said man needn't be quite so magnanimous to concede that changing circumstances have altered his outlook.

The perils of media consolidation have been a longstanding concern. Even during a stint working for Tribune Co. as they futilely attempted to squeeze synergies out of TV-print combinations, I banged the drum against allowing TV, radio stations and newspapers coagulate in too few hands, fearing ethical abuses or the nagging appearance of them, as well as the loss of independent voices to watchdog government and the media itself.


And wouldn't it be spiffy if that watchdog actually would watch the government come 1-20-09? Anyway....

Today, though, amid daily waves of depressing economic news, conflicted voices sound preferable to neutered or, worse, deceased ones.

Why not start by allowing opposing views in the editorial rooms and on the staff? But I guess I'll wear a size 2 cocktail dress before that happens.


Without some kind of action, more broadcasters, newspapers and magazines are going to die off. Local news coverage -- the essence of public service, however quaint and dated that might sound -- has already been seriously compromised, as TV and print cut back on newsgathering resources. ...

The bottom line is that unless newspapers and smaller-market stations become not-for-profit ventures (and based on recent cuts at National Public Radio, even that offers no assurance of success), something's got to give -- beginning, perhaps, with restrictions that prevent enterprises from pooling resources in a way that might help them survive.

So, nit only should The Deciders become less consolidated (an issue I caould care less about either way), but should they all just become equivalents of the local NPR station or that Not For Profit Public Access that plays nothing but Zappa Tunes all day? (NTTAWWT).

To me, this strikes me as yet another plea for public subsidizing/bailout/management of ALL of the media, you know, for the public good. And the children. And puppies.

And if the Government takesover all of the media, doesn't that just seem a bit inefficient and scary to you?

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