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Monday, 14 February, 2011

Serene Branson Video

This is really popular to day. A CBS reporter has some speech trouble.

There was some speculation that she suffered a stroke (which affected her speech), and she was taken to the hospital.

Serene's apparently OK. She signed up for a Twitter account this morning to dispel the hospital rumors. And after 7 hours, she's beginning to regret it.


Permalink | Posted in News @8:30am | Comments (11)

Thursday, 10 February, 2011

FOX News Makes Stuff Up?

At Media Matters: FOX NEWS INSIDER- “Stuff Is Just Made Up”.

A former Fox News employee who recently agreed to talk with Media Matters confirmed what critics have been saying for years about Murdoch’s cable channel. Namely, that Fox News is run as a purely partisan operation, virtually every news story is actively spun by the staff, its primary goal is to prop up Republicans and knock down Democrats, and that staffers at Fox News routinely operate without the slightest regard for fairness or fact checking.  

“It is their M.O. to undermine the administration and to undermine Democrats,” says the source. “They’re a propaganda outfit but they call themselves news.”

And that’s the word from inside Fox News.

Everyone knows this is true, but interviewing a person who refuses to be identified is not the best way to make a case.

Permalink | Posted in News @8:25am | Comments (31)

Saturday, 22 January, 2011

Olbermann Canned

OlbermannThe Internet is atwitter over the news of a TV guy getting fired. Keith Olbermann exits MSNBC.

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann surprised viewers by saying he had "been told" it was his last show, after nearly eight years, and so he was saying farewell.

"There were many occasions, particularly in the last 2 years, where all that surrounded the show — but never the show itself — was just too much for me," Olbermann said, his only explanation for his abrupt departure.

I've seen many clips of him on YouTube, but I've never actually watched his TV show.

He's shown here wearing a striped shirt.

Permalink | Posted in News @8:08am | Comments (19)

Monday, 20 December, 2010

Christmas Coverage

Just how bad is the U.S. news coverage of Christmas? Pretty bad: Media Mum on Jesus in Christmas Coverage.

A conservative media watchdog analyzed news coverage from the last two years and found that major media networks were leaving Christ and God out of their Christmas stories.

Only 1.3 percent of stories by ABC, CBS and NBC during their evening news broadcasts mentioned the deity, according to Media Research Center's Culture and Media Institute.

More specifically, out of the 527 stories about Christmas, God or the birth of Jesus Christ was mentioned in just seven.

That's just awful. How are people supposed to know about the myth of Jesus' birth?

Following this research, the Culture and Media Institute has a recommendation:

CMI recommended that the media networks include more discussion about the birth of Christ and the meaning of Christmas.

Things were different back in the old days. Just about every Christmas news story had a Jesus tie-in. Here's Huntley and Brinkley discussing how the Three Wise Men would prepare their Christmas shopping list.


Permalink | Posted in News @9:28am | Comments (21)

Dinner With Rachel

Anna Fifeld describes her Dinner With Rachel Maddow.


maddow Dressed in a baggy black T-shirt, jeans and trainers with her face scrubbed clean of TV set make-up, Maddow has no need for an artificial high. "It's like I was on meth all day," she says, taking off her thick-framed geek-chic glasses.

For dinner, Maddow is deciding between the rustic pork terrine and seafood sausages – which she insists are surprisingly delicious – but ends up settling for half a dozen oysters (in fact, nine are served) and a small beef and stilton pie.

She contrasts what she is doing sharply with Fox News, which has exponentially higher ratings. "I think the difference between what Fox does and what everyone else does is that Fox endorses candidates, organises rallies, financially supports candidates and causes to achieve their goals," she says. "I judge them as a political operation.

I like Rachel Maddow.

Permalink | Posted in News @9:04am | Comments (19)

Monday, 13 December, 2010

The Sun On The Sun

If you're going to read news about the sun, what better source than The Sun?


No one was injured.

Permalink | Posted in News @4:45pm | Comments (8)

Friday, 26 November, 2010

Bisbee News

What's happening in Bisbee, Arizona?

  • An Ace Hardware store opened.
    After years without one, residents of Bisbee have an Ace Hardware store to fulfill their houseware needs.
  • Cemetery owner's license revoked.
    The cemetery owner who dumped untold numbers of partially-cremated human remains in uncovered pits outside his facility has had his license revoked.
  • Crime report.
    November 12, 1:21 p.m. Sleeping bags were found inside a vacant rental property in the 30 block of Art Avenue, indicating trespassers may be sleeping there.

That's about it. Stay tuned for more news, as it happens.


Permalink | Posted in News @1:31pm | Comments (9)

Tuesday, 16 November, 2010

FOX Writes A Headline

USA Today published an article about Obama's children's book: Obama shares dreams for his kids in book on 13 Americans.

obama book

FOX News picked up the article, reprinted a few paragraphs, and gave it a fresh new headline:

fox story

(Found at Slate)

Permalink | Posted in News @1:25pm | Comments (11)

Sunday, 07 November, 2010

Keith Olbermann Gets Punished

News pundit news: Keith Olbermann suspended over political donations.

olbermann Msnbc TV host Keith Olbermann was suspended indefinitely on Friday for making campaign donations to three Democratic congressional candidates, apparently in violation of NBC News ethics policy.

The announcement came in a one-sentence statement from msnbc TV President Phil Griffin: “I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.”

Olbermann acknowledged the donations in a statement to Politico, saying he gave the maximum legal donation of $2,400 to Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, who waged an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate against Tea Party standard-bearer Rand Paul.

The image here shows him wearing  a green tie.

Permalink | Posted in News @9:04am | Comments (8)

Thursday, 21 October, 2010

Newspaper House

A good use for newspapers: House Made Of Newspaper Lasts For 88 Years.

Elis Stenman, an engineer who invented the paper clip machine, began work on this unique building in 1922.  He was curious about whether rolled newspaper could be used as an effective insulation… Stemnan covered his house in over 100,000 rolled newspapers. He coated it with varnish to protect it from the harsh weather.


Permalink | Posted in News @8:18am | Comments (6)

Friday, 01 October, 2010

Stupid Newspaper Tricks

Apparently, the L.A. Times still has some subscribers. The Wednesday edition of the newspaper was encased in an ad for a TV show that looked like the actual newspaper:


See: Readers respond to ad's fake front page.

The ad, which readers discovered after unfolding the page, was for the TV show “Law & Order Los Angeles.” The actual front page, with a lead story about the debate between gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown, was just behind the ad.

Nancy Sullivan, The Times' vice president for communications, said: "The Times collaborated with NBC to launch 'Law & Order Los Angeles' in a big, creative way for the hometown audience. This is an exciting, innovative ad that takes the show’s beloved, 20-year 'ripped from the headlines' concept and puts it front and center for Southern California."

Subscribers weren't happy with this stunt. For example, one of them wrote:

“Today's paper has a full page ad with a fake headline and police tape over NBC. I work in Burbank, and every single person in our office and stopped and picked up the paper in concern. It is in extremely poor taste and offensive for those who have been victims of non-fake violent crimes.”

The L.A. Times newspaper will eventually fold. They're probably hastening their own demise with this sort of thing.

Permalink | Posted in News @7:12pm | Comments (8)

Monday, 13 September, 2010

Tieless On Channel 4

Prepare to be shocked: An Anchor Drops the Tie.

notieDavid Ushery has boldly gone where no male anchor on a local newscast in New York seems to have gone before, at least not in the studio: into the uncharted territory beyond the jacket-and-tie look. Into tie-lessness.

Mr. Ushery, an anchor on the Saturday night newscasts on WNBC-TV, tried the jacket-and-open-collar look last month.

“This is new territory for all of us of a certain generation,” said Mr. Ushery, 43.

“The tie thing,” as he called it, is “subtle” — another barrier down, one less thing to worry about. “The key now is the shirts,” he said. “Sometimes the floor director will say, that collar’s sliding down a little bit, you’ve got to prop it up there.”

Permalink | Posted in News @3:53pm | Comments (10)

Sunday, 12 September, 2010

Print Exclusive

I started to read this story at the Arizona Daily Star: Nightclub does background checks on patrons.

As it turns out, it's a "print exclusive." They give you the first three sentences, then refer you to the printed edition of their newspaper to read the rest.

Pick up a copy at all convenience, drug and grocery stores in the Tucson area or subscribe here. If you're outside Southern Arizona, order an electronic edition delivered to your inbox each day - complete with advertisements and a useful search function.

Apparently, I couldn't buy an electronic version even if I wanted to.

Permalink | Posted in News @9:20am | Comments (3)

Saturday, 07 August, 2010

Opt Out Newspaper Subscription

A new way to sell newspapers.

Sure, times are difficult in the newspaper business, and new and innovative ways to attract readers are essential right now. However, we can go ahead and not recommend this method. Laura writes that the carrier for her local weekly paper subscribed everyone on her route by default, and left a cheerful note telling them to call customer service if they didn't want it.

The note:

Hi, my name is [redacted] and I am your new [local weekly paper] carrier for your street. I will deliver the paper on Wednesdays. Monthly cost is $2.50, and I will include an envelope later in the month (end of August) for payment. If you do not wish to receive the [paper], please call circulation at [redacted] to stop the service. Thank you!!

The newspaper wasn't aware of this tactic, but doesn't seem too willing to put an end to it.

I will tell the carrier to stop delivery to your address. Our carriers are independent contractors and this was her attempt at building her route. As a Junior carrier, she makes 50% of whatever she collects. I am very sorry you had to notify us that you do not wish to have the paper but I will make sure she gets the message. "

Permalink | Posted in News @7:14am | Comments (15)

Wednesday, 04 August, 2010

Birther Doubt

CNN Poll: Quarter doubt Obama was born in U.S.

World Nut Daily reads it, and reports: CNN's bad news for Obama: 6 of 10 doubt U.S. birth story.

Permalink | Posted in News @8:16pm | Comments (18)

Monday, 02 August, 2010

Newsweek Sold For A Good Price

It looks like Newsweek found a buyer.

The financial details of the sale were not known, though one person with knowledge of Mr. Sidney Harman's bid said last week that he would pay $1 in exchange for absorbing Newsweek's considerable financial liabilities.

I would have paid as much as $3.25 -- but only if that "absorbing" part of the deal were stricken.

Sidney Harman, a pioneer of the high-fidelity industry, founded Harman/Kardon, Inc., in 1952.

Permalink | Posted in News @6:30pm | Comments (5)

Tuesday, 20 July, 2010

Paywall Results

What happens when a new site starts charging for access? Times loses almost 90% of online readership.

The Times has lost almost 90% of its online readership compared to February since making registration mandatory in June, calculations by the Guardian show.

 Unregistered users of thetimes.co.uk are now "bounced" to a Times+ membership page where they have to register if they want to view Times content

Data from the web metrics company Experian Hitwise shows that only 25.6% of such users sign up and proceed to a Times web page;

That 25.6% figure seems outrageously high. It's unlikely that 1/4 of visitors who are stopped in their tracks and presented with this pop-up acutally go through the trouble of registering and paying just to read an article that's probably available elsewhere.

Permalink | Posted in News @6:42pm | Comments (7)

Friday, 11 June, 2010

Story Resurrection

Last week, I linked to an article about candy bars not being suitable for vegetarians (see Attention British Vegetarians).

In the comments, someone pointed out that the article is from 2007. Someone else mentioned that the candy company reversed their decision six days later. So posting it was a mistake. Someone sent me the link, and I didn't notice the date.

Now this: Why was Mars back in the conversation? You'll find a few charts and screen shots from Twitter. The conclusion:

We really don't know how it became a hot topic. But we do know for certain in some corners there is an argument that comment on Twitter has a short shelf life. Today's tweets will be used for tomorrow's cyber chips. So to speak. But, looking at the Mars case, can brands ignore the power of social media to immediately bring old issues back to life?

I don't know about that, but this seems pretty interesting: Apple's iPod spurs mixed reactions.

Apple Computer unveiled on Tuesday the iPod, a digital music player that can store 1,000 songs on its hard drive. The product, the size of a deck of cards, was unveiled during an event at Apple's headquarters here.

Permalink | Posted in News @7:44am | Comments (5)

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