Sunday, 10 June 2007

The Press

Reasons for throwing your television out the window: Part 1

Kicking off what will probably turn into a continuing series, reason #1 comes from Cincinnati talker Darryl Parks, who opened his Saturday (June 10th) show with a seven-minute audio montage[1] assembled from Friday's cable TV coverage of Paris Hilton. Enough said.

LATER: "We'll always have Paris" Department: The Savannah Morning News's Mark Streeter questions priorities, and creates a category.

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[1](No link, because it doesn't appear to be online. Maybe we could write him, after all he is WLW's PD, yet he doesn't rate an entry on their podcast page! Whatzup widdat?)

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Friday, 08 June 2007

The Press

Meanwhile, on the business front

This explains some things:

This week, investors who purchased loans backing Avista’s buyout of the Star Tribune newspaper learned that the company’s cash flow already is running as much as 20% below Avista’s original financial projections for the deal, which closed just three months ago, according to someone close to the matter. Full-year results also are expected to come in below projections. -- WSJ, quoted here
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HT, "kennycan," posting at Daily Pundit.  I missed this one this morning.

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Wednesday, 06 June 2007

The Press

"These idiots are blowing on a house of cards."

A former Israel Broadcasting Authority news editor admits: “We slanted the news towards a withdrawal from Lebanon - because we had sons there.”
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Dr. Chanan Naveh, who edited the Israel Broadcasting Authority radio’s news desk in late 1990’s and early 2000’s, ... mentioned, with no regrets, two examples in which he and his colleagues made a concerted effort to change public opinion:
"In our newsroom, three of the editors had sons in Lebanon, and we took it upon ourselves as a mission - possibly not stated - to get the IDF out of Lebanon... I have no doubt that we promoted an agenda of withdrawal that was a matter of public dispute.”
-- Hillel Fendel, Israel National News

I had a reaction, but "Maine's Michael" says it better:

...They fail to realize that they are not living in the US, or Scandinavia, or Spain or any other country that is not surrounded by far more numerous mortal enemies that want them not only dead and gone, but mutilated into the bargain.

These idiots are blowing on a house of cards.

It would be an interesting study to see to what extent some sort of psycological defense mechanism is at work, wherein at some level their minds start thinking magically, that if they think and sound like LLL's of powerful, secure, western countries, that must mean they are living in a powerful, secure western country.

It's craziness.

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Via LGF.

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Tuesday, 05 June 2007

The Press

Other shoe drops in Minneapolis

Lileks has a bucket. (As to what exactly that means, he's being coy.)

I’m still not sure if I can announce the particulars, even if other media sites have made speculations – and how do they know these things?
I poked around at some of the usual places to no avail, so I guess I'll just have to wait for details.

UPDATE 070606: He'll be posting at buzz.mn. (No posts yet, "technical difficulties.") There's already some interesting (even to outsiders) stuff by other writers there. Look and feel: Site looks pretty clean (although it doesn't render as nicely as mee.nu at 800x600 .) Extra bonus points for no Flash. "Recent comments" box is relatively useless, just gives posting times. IMO, "buzz.mn" sitename is unfortunate. If it accomplishes what the Strib wants it to, it will outgrow that name quickly. Meanwhile, it's like your spinster aunt trying to be hip. ("Or is that 'hep?' I can never remember...")

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Monday, 04 June 2007

The Press

Unnamed "suit" at WMUR-TV gets his 15 minutes of fame

...and if he's lucky, it will only be 15 minutes.

"Alterman was in the spin room as a guest of the Creative Coalition and went to an area reserved for a private reception for WMUR-TV. Police said he was asked by an executive at the party if he was invited to the private area and was asked to leave."-- CNN's Political Ticker
oh really...?
A guy came over and asked me who I was and I told him I was a colmunist for The Nation and he told me I had to leave. I thought he was kind of rude, so I asked him his name, thinking it might go into Altercation the next day. He refused to answer me I asked again. He refused again. But I was following him out when he went to get a cop. The cop told me to leave the room and I did. We left the room, past where the people were handing out badges to go into the reception and I figured the entire drama was over. But the cop kept yelling at me to leave. I didn't understand. I thought I had left. I asked him to stop yelling, I had left. He kept telling me to leave. In retrospect, I guess he was kicking me out of the building and I didn't understand, but it was really mystifying and annoying and I told him I wanted to speak to his commanding officer. -- Eric Alterman, via Instapundit

UPDATE:  WMUR is running what it calls "a first-of-its-kind Blogging Competition, aimed at identifying 15 representatives to participate in the New Hampshire Primary Debates," using the members-only gather.com blog service. So far (Monday afternoon EST) only one story about the arrest.
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Via LGF, where Eric's not getting a whole lot of sympathy from the peanut gallery.

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Saturday, 02 June 2007

The Press

So what the hell were they SUPPOSED to do? Send him back to Canada?

More sloppy writing from the Associated Press:

A globe-trotting Atlanta lawyer with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis was allowed back into the United States by a border inspector who disregarded a computer warning to stop him and don protective gear, officials said Thursday.
If I remember my J101 correctly, you're supposed to put items in the lead sentence in descending order of importance.  It appears the guy is an American citizen.  So the problem is not that he was "allowed back into the United States," but that the "border inspector... disregarded a computer warning to stop [hold? arrest?] him" when he re-entered the country.  Sloppy writing is a symptom of sloppy thinking. Better (but not great):
"A border inspector disregarded a computer warning and failed to hold for authorities an Atlanta lawyer infected with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis when the lawyer reentered the country."
I'm not a professional.  Professionals should do better.
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Linked by a number of people over the last couple of days, most recently by Insty, at which point something snapped.

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