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  • Jason Leopold Caught Sourceless Again

    06/19/2006 7:48:09 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 32 replies · 1,763+ views
    CJR Daily ^ | 6/19/06 | Paul McLeary
    We wonder if the folks over at are rethinking their affiliation with reporter and serial fabulist Jason Leopold. Leopold, you may recall, is the freelance reporter who was caught making stuff up in a 2002 article, self-admittedly "getting it completely wrong" in pieces for Dow Jones, and had his own memoir cancelled because of concerns over the accuracy of quotations. Leopold's latest addition to his application for membership in the Stephen Glass school of journalism came on May 12 of this year, when he got what appeared to be the scoop of a lifetime. Now writing for,...
  • CONNIE CROAKS ADIEU (Connie's bizarre farewell performance on MSNBC)

    06/19/2006 3:33:31 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 118 replies · 4,760+ views
    NY Post ^ | 6/19/06 | MICHAEL SHAIN
    THE ratings-starved Maury Povich and Connie Chung weekend show on MSNBC ended its short, six-month run with a bizarre send-off - sure to live on as a tone-deaf stunt Chung will not soon be allowed to forget. Perched on the edge of a white grand piano and decked out in a full-length evening gown, the former CBS and CNN anchorwoman warbled a farewell song that put down Dan Rather (with whom she co-anchored the CBS news in the early 1990s), her husband and cable TV - all at the same time. "Thanks for the memories," she sang to the tune...
  • Connie Croaks Adieu

    06/19/2006 7:34:52 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 112 replies · 3,183+ views
    The New York Post ^ | June 19, 2006 | Michael Shain
    THE ratings-starved Maury Povich and Connie Chung weekend show on MSNBC ended its short, six-month run with a bizarre send-off - sure to live on as a tone-deaf stunt Chung will not soon be allowed to forget. Perched on the edge of a white grand piano and decked out in a full-length evening gown, the former CBS and CNN anchorwoman warbled a farewell song that put down Dan Rather (with whom she co-anchored the CBS news in the early 1990s), her husband and cable TV - all at the same time. "Thanks for the memories," she sang to the tune...
  • Newspaper industry hopes for patience (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch)

    06/18/2006 12:31:59 PM PDT · by abb · 31 replies · 985+ views ^ | June 17, 2006 | David B. Wilkerson
    CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- As newspaper publishers convene in New York on Tuesday for the Newspaper Association of America's annual midyear review, one theme that will standout among many will be whether or not impatient and frustrated shareholders can be placated while the industry makes the long transition to an online-driven model. Judging by the way things unfolded at Knight Ridder (KRI), and may now possibly be unraveling at Tribune Co. (TRB), the answer appears to be no. Last November, Knight Ridder put itself on the block after its two of its biggest institutional shareholders demanded that that the company pursue...
  • Drive by Media

    06/11/2006 9:21:40 AM PDT · by Cinnamon · 20 replies · 650+ views
    06-11-06 | Cinnamon
    A drive-by Media (sometimes referred to merely as a MSM) is an attack on a person carried out with one or more reporters, usually automatic RNCFL (ReportNowCheckFactsLater) or sub-standard reporting from a news briefing room, (or a cubicle on the 40th floor of an unnamed MSM headquarters). They often result in the falsely Reporting of innocent conservatives because the objective is to overwhelm the target by a sudden, massive amount of false reporting without attention to accuracy. The CBS - American News Anchor, ""Gunga Dan" Rather, is believed to have invented the drive-by Reporting. Drive by reportings were popular in...
  • Rick Kaplan Resigns (Dinosaur Media Extinction Alert)

    06/07/2006 1:56:16 PM PDT · by abb · 104 replies · 1,958+ views
    TVNewser ^ | June 7, 2006 | Staff
    Wednesday, Jun 07 Rick Kaplan Resigns: "He Has Led MSNBC Through A Period Of Impressive Growth" "I want to thank Rick for his service to MSNBC," NBC News president Steve Capus said in a message to MSNBC employees at 4pm. "Over the last two and a half years, Rick has been a tireless champion for the network and all the hard work you do each and every day. He has led MSNBC through a period of impressive growth especially in primetime. You, the staff at MSNBC, are enormously dedicated and have built a rock-solid foundation for our future growth. MSNBC...
  • Study: Web is the No. 1 media (Dinosaur Media Extinction Alert)

    06/06/2006 6:17:27 AM PDT · by abb · 10 replies · 794+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 6, 2006 | Candace Lombardi
    Web media is the dominant at-work media and No. 2 in the home, according to a new report from the Online Publishers Association. A research project, conducted by Ball State University's Center for Media Design, tracked the media use of 350 people every 15 seconds. The subjects represented each gender, about equally, across three age groups: 18 to 34, 35 to 49 and 50-plus. The people were monitored by another person for approximately 13 hours, or 80 percent of their waking day. "Someone actually came into their homes and workplaces and had a handheld computer, every 15 seconds registering their...
  • The Peter Handke Controversy. From Pozarevac, Serbia, to the Comédie Française

    06/03/2006 6:06:27 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 11 replies · 1,406+ views
    Swans Commentary ^ | May 22, 2006 | Gilles d'Aymery
    Peter Handke, perhaps the most preeminent and creative European playwright, novelist, poet, and essayist alive today, has recently been embroiled in a cultural scandal that involves character assassination (his) through ad hominem attacks and calumny, censorship by a faceless theatre bureaucrat, and the relentless abuse of the Parisian bien-pensants, those guard dogs of French palatial conformism. Like in America, getting out of the core political line in France leads to either being utterly ignored or, when famous, being dragged into the mud and punished for crime of lese-majesty. The confluence of intellectual cowardice, financial and strategic interests, and navel-gazing, backslapping...
  • Virginia Reporter Fired Over Fabrications

    05/28/2006 8:02:52 AM PDT · by ncountylee · 67 replies · 1,617+ views
    AP/chicagotribune ^ | May 27, 2006
    RICHMOND, Va. -- The Richmond Times-Dispatch said Saturday it fired a reporter for fabricating part of a story and has begun investigating his other work. Paul Bradley, 51, who worked in the newspaper's northern Virginia bureau, was dismissed Friday, the newspaper reported. The article, published May 17, was intended to gather reaction in Herndon to President Bush's speech on immigration. Bradley's fabrications, the Times-Dispatch said, included an interview that did not occur with the director of a center for day laborers and the misrepresentation that he had visited the center by using a Herndon dateline. Managing editor Louise C. Seals...
  • Lamest Non-Retraction Retraction Ever ( on Rove)

    05/21/2006 8:39:00 AM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 24 replies · 1,363+ views
    National Review - The Corner ^ | May 21, 2006 | Jonah Goldberg
    Truthout doesn't say they were wrong, they don't say they were right. They say: The Rove Indictment Story as of Right Now By Marc Ash, Fri May 19th, 2006 at 04:23:39 PM EDT :: Fitzgerald Investigation On Saturday afternoon, May 13, 2006, TruthOut ran a story titled, "Karl Rove Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying to Investigators." The story stated in part that top Bush aide Karl Rove had earlier that day been indicted on the charges set forth in the story's title. The time has now come, however, to issue a partial apology to our readership for this story....
  • Dan Rather Fired By CBS (Read Details - That's The Bottom Line)

    05/20/2006 4:28:15 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 229 replies · 21,367+ views
    This just in from source at Black Rock: He/She is at pre-season party in The Hamptons. Other CBSers (The Suits) are there as well. The Suits confirmed: Ran Rather's contract at CBS expires in August. He has not been offered ANY type of renewal. There may be some tiny dollar (the exact fee never to be disclosed) face-saving deal but that's it, Dan is out. This comes after he "resigned" from CBS Evening News position last year in an attempt to stop the bloodletting of advertisers at CBS. As we all know, the primary cause was not so much Rather's...
  • Don't Believe the Spin: Urban Mega-Papers are in Serious Decline

    05/09/2006 6:32:25 PM PDT · by dangus · 32 replies · 907+ views
    The major newspapers around the nation are all chirping in harmony that all is well in newspaper-world: the Audit Bureau of Circulation's report showing huge declines in the nation's largest cities' largest newspapers are only down because internet news readership is up. Don't believe it. Two seemingly contraditory trends are happening at once: Readership is down the most in precisely the areas where the network effect would most help newspapers establish a dominance through synergism with their web sites and their hardcopy readerships: the large, urban markets. At the same time, readership is holding steady the best at newspapers whose...
  • "Automatic Bob", the Bob Herbert column generator

    05/02/2006 4:15:09 PM PDT · by Peelod · 10 replies · 542+ views
    Brain Terminal ^ | 5.2.06 | Evan Coyne Maloney
    According to Nancy Kruh of The Dallas Morning News , veteran New York Times columnist Bob Herbert has been stuck in a rut for years. "For several months now," Kruh writes, "as I’ve read one Iraq war column after another, one thought always comes to mind: Um, haven’t I read this before? So, yesterday, I finally immersed myself in Lexis-Nexis to try to quantify and qualify this phenomenon." What Kruh discovered is that many of Herbert's columns during the Bush presidency contain similar, interchangeable passages. She cites a number of examples that make it seem like your average Herbert column...
  • Mark Steyn: Where's the dissent about source of quote?

    04/30/2006 3:54:54 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 93 replies · 4,047+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 04/30/06 | Mark Steyn
    John Kerry announced this week's John Kerry Iraq Policy of the Week the other day: "Iraqi politicians should be told that they have until May 15 to deal with these intransigent issues and at last put together an effective unity government or we will immediately withdraw our military." With a sulky pout perhaps? With hands on hips and a full flip of the hair? Did he get that from Churchill? "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we...
  • Moody's cuts Knight Ridder, McClatchy to junk (Dinosaur Media Extinction Alert)

    04/20/2006 3:19:42 PM PDT · by abb · 13 replies · 938+ views
    Rooters ^ | April 20, 2006 | Staff
    NEW YORK, April 20 (Reuters) - Moody's Investors Service on Thursday cut both Knight Ridder Inc. (KRI.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and McClatchy Co. (MNI.N: Quote, Profile, Research) to junk status, citing McClatchy's acquisition of its bigger rival newspaper publisher. In mid-March, No. 9 U.S. newspaper publisher McClatchy said it would buy Knight-Ridder Inc. for $4.5 billion to become the second-largest U.S. newspaper chain. Downgrades, particularly to junk, tend to raise a company's borrowing costs. Moody's cut both Knight Ridder and McClatchy's bond ratings to the top junk level of "Ba1" from the bottom investment-grade rating of "Baa3." The new combined...
  • Carroll Hits Profit Focus, Explores 'Crisis of the Soul' (Dinosaur Media Extinction Alert)

    04/26/2006 7:50:42 PM PDT · by abb · 14 replies · 455+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | April 26, 2006 | Joe Strupp
    SEATTLE Former Los Angeles Times Editor John Carroll urged editors Wednesday to guard against what he called a “milking" of the industry and increased corporate ownership whose only purpose is to make money. During a luncheon speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors conference here, Carroll, who serves as a guest lecturer at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University, told a roomful of editors that their business needs to defend the ideas of journalism and “rock-turning” against increased budget-cutting and bottom-line demands. Under Carroll, the Times won a shelf of Pulitzers a few years back, but he exited the...
  • Journalism Ethics 101

    04/26/2006 2:09:48 PM PDT · by cchandler · 142+ views
    The Politburo Diktat has a handy chart that reveals all of the connections between Mary McCarthy and the usual Democrat suspects: (hat tip: Brainster) (click on image to enlarge) If you think this chart better resembles a tea leaf than a logical network of personal and professional connections, then you're probably a healthy skeptic that likes to wait until all the facts come out and all versions of events are vetted before rushing to judgement.....
  • Blogger Wants Investigation Of Columnist Rape Allegation (Duke Lacrosse Sidebar)

    04/23/2006 7:43:47 PM PDT · by Copernicus · 9 replies · 1,105+ views ^ | 04/23/06 | CallerArchimedes1
    Yes,my comments on the Duke Lacrosse Case! At the exact moment it would be almost impossible to believe the Duke Lacrosse story could get any more bizarre comes one Raleigh News & Observer Columnist Ruth Sheehan in her April 13th column with a personal unsubstantiated allegation of rape against a male or males in her life TWENTY ONE years ago! ( or twenty, read carefully, it makes no sense) In two short sentences she publicly slanders every male with whom she has associated over the past two decades as well as a goodly number of females who she apparently could...
  • CBS, Time Warner Plan To Launch CW Network

    01/24/2006 8:40:59 AM PST · by abb · 33 replies · 956+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan 24, 2006 | Staff
    CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. Entertainment announced plans to shut down the UPN and WB networks and form a new broadcast network, The CW, to be launched in the fall of 2006. The companies said the new broadcasting network will be a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS, with each company owning 50%. The companies said that CBS and Warner Bros. Entertainment will cease operations of their respective UPN and WB networks. The companies said WB and UPN networks will continue to broadcast their respective network schedules independently until the fall. The companies also announced...
  • San Francisco Chronicle Struggles as Internet Siphons Readers, Ads

    12/11/2005 10:16:25 AM PST · by MRMEAN · 96 replies · 2,601+ views
    The newspaper's problems are being watched closely in the battle between one and new media. SAN FRANCISCO — When Jeffrey Zalles needed a new cashier for his coin laundry in the South of Market district, his help-wanted ad in the San Francisco Chronicle brought just four responses. So Zalles posted a notice on Craigslist, a San Francisco-based network of websites that specialize in classified advertising. His cyber-ad drew 400 applicants. Zalles found his cashier and hasn't relied on the Chronicle since, advertising instead on the Internet and the city's array of free papers. The venerable Chronicle is struggling, and defections...
  • Sanity Breaking out at Today? Third Segment in Week with Balanced View on Iraq

    11/25/2005 5:03:50 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 62 replies · 1,516+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein November 25, 2005 - 07:36. In recent NewsBusters entries, here and here I described how an unexpected whiff of reasonableness overtook the Today show. On successive days, Matt Lauer criticized the Democrats for trying to make political hay out of Iraq without offering any alternatives of their own. Strangely, sanity now seems to have a struck for a third day! And this in the most unlikely person of NBC reporter Jim Maceda, who only last week, as I reported here was complaining that the French were not appeasing their Muslim rioters assiduously enough. This...
  • For Sale -- Mostly Second-Rate Newspapers

    11/20/2005 2:53:55 PM PST · by abb · 84 replies · 1,444+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 19, 2005 | John Ellis
    On Nov. 1, Private Capital Management LP, a large shareholder in numerous newspaper companies, wrote to the management of Knight Ridder asking that the nation's second largest newspaper chain "aggressively pursue the competitive sale of the company." Two days later, two other large shareholders seconded the motion. Shortly thereafter, Knight Ridder announced that it had decided to "explore" alternatives, "including a possible sale of the company." It is axiomatic on Wall Street that bear markets beget consolidation. The bear market in the newspaper industry should foretell a spate of mergers and acquisitions. But what if there are no buyers? This...
  • Citizen Craig doesn't trust 'MSM' (Craigslist's founder wants to change the news paradigm)

    11/05/2005 11:10:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies · 1,552+ views
    Grade the News ^ | Oct. 25, 2005 | John McManus
    Craigslist's founder wants to change the news paradigm with high-tech grassroots journalismInterviewed by John McManus Craig Newmark is an entrepreneur whose no-frills Web listing service,, has since 1995 come to dominate the classified advertising market in the Bay Area and dozens of other cities around the world. By offering almost all services for free, he may well be responsible for depriving newspapers such as the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News of millions of dollars a year in advertising. Even as traditional sources of news -- or "mainstream media" -- struggle to compete with the Internet, however,...
  • Roberts Apologizes, Calls Choice Of Words "Unfortunate"

    10/31/2005 4:51:11 PM PST · by kingattax · 74 replies · 3,118+ views
    CBSNews ^ | October 31, 2005 | Vaughn Ververs
    A question posed to White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan at this morning’s “gaggle” by CBS White House correspondent John Roberts has attracted quite a bit of chatter on the Internet. Of course, the topic of the day is the Supreme Court nomination of Samuel Alito, and the question from Roberts, was, “Scott, you said that – or the President said, repeatedly, that Harriet Miers was the best person for the job. So does that mean Alito is sloppy seconds, or what?” Public Eye asked Roberts about the incident and reaction and here’s what he said: “At the morning White...
  • A Victimless Crime (By ABC News, Associated Press, CBS News, CNN, Knight-Ridder, NBC News, et al)

    10/30/2005 4:37:14 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 18 replies · 1,871+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | November 7, 2005 | ABC News, Associated Press, CBS News, CNN, Knight-Ridder, NBC News, et al
    Editor's Note: Seven months ago, on March 23, the above-named news organizations, along with more than two dozen other companies and membership organizations collectively representing pretty much everyone in American journalism, filed a formal motion concerning the Valerie Plame leak investigation with the federal appeals court in Washington. Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald was then attempting to compel grand jury testimony in the case by reporters Matthew Cooper and Judith Miller. And pretty much everyone in American journalism--as the media's amici curiae filing, excerpted below, made clear--thought Fitzgerald's subpoenas to Cooper and Miller should be quashed. But does anybody in American...
  • Dallas Paper Suffers Circ Plunge, Gets Subpoena (Dallas Morning News!)

    DALLAS Belo Corp. said Thursday that upcoming Audit Bureau of Circulation figures will show that its flagship Dallas Morning News will take a circulation hit of about 13% on Sundays and 9% on other days, for the most recent six-month period. It said circulation at its Providence (R.I.) Journal will be down about 1%, with The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., off 3% Sundays and 2% other days. Belo Corp. also disclosed that it received a subpoena this week from local prosecutors regarding overstated circulation figures at the Morning News. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert W. Decherd said the company...
  • Mike Wallace's anti-gun advocacy challenged

    10/15/2005 5:16:12 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies · 1,196+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 10/15/05 | WorldNetDaily
    CBS News' ethical standards are being challenged after veteran reporter Mike Wallace's appearance at an anti-gun Brady Center fund-raiser in Washington, D.C., last month. At the event, held at the French Embassy, Wallace played a clip of his "60 Minutes" interview with then-NRA president Charlton Heston, whom he described as the "self-righteous enemy of the Jim and Sarah Brady Bunch," reported blogger and radio host Cam Edwards at Edwards said that afterwards, Wallace mocked Heston by holding up his hands, as if holding a rifle, and saying, "in my dead hands ... remember when he used to hold up...
  • Out to Embarrass Bush Over Alleged Video Stunt, Today Show Gets Caught in one of Its Own

    10/14/2005 4:50:52 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 243 replies · 16,183+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein October 14, 2005 - 07:10. In a deliciously ironic twist of fate, shortly before airing a segment aimed at embarrassing the Bush administration by suggesting that it had staged a video conversation between the president and soldiers in Iraq, the Today show was caught in staging . . . a video stunt. In the Bush/Iraq segment, Today screened footage indicating that prior to engaging in a video conversation with President Bush, soldiers on the ground in Iraq were given tips by a Department of Defense official. But the only advice that the official was shown as giving...
  • A Gathering Storm for the Media

    09/06/2005 1:00:10 PM PDT · by hipaatwo · 106 replies · 4,039+ views
    September 06, 2005 RALEIGH — There is a fetid stink in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and it’s not coming just from the fouled waters flooding New Orleans. It also wafts from the putrid reporting of the disaster by the mainstream media. From the moment Katrina made landfall the media focused on anything that could redound to the detriment of President Bush or inflame race and class tensions. Reporters and commentators ignored the dismal performance of New Orleans’ Democratic mayor and Louisiana’s Democratic governor, blaming every problem that arose on the Bush administration. Racial demagogues accused Bush and his administration...
  • America's Pompeii

    09/05/2005 11:52:40 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 2 replies · 480+ views
    Wires From The Bunker ^ | 9/05/2005 | Peter Glover
    In the aftermath of all disasters comes the assessment and the inevitable finger of blame. In the UK over the weekend and this morning I have already heard the BBC ratcheting up its anti-Bushism in its coverage. In the US, by all accounts, the liberal-dominated media coverage has already developed a 'bare-knuckle' anti-White House political bias. This even though New Orleans has never had anything remotely like a proper sea defence plan in place - the prime responsibility of local, not national, officials.                                                              America's Pompeii For a vital insight into the disgraceful coverage which...

    09/04/2005 4:49:33 PM PDT · by ElCapusto · 87 replies · 2,724+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 9/4/2005 | Jeff Adams
    The word went out on August 8th that Peter Jennings, an icon of American mainstream media, had died at the age of 67. In this day and age, 67 is well below the average life span in America, and it is unfortunate that the ABC News anchor died prematurely due to lung cancer. Often when someone dies, the initial commentary is rather flattering, as people with the smallest amount of good taste will not speak ill of the dead, especially before they’ve been put in the ground. There was plenty of news coverage of Jennings death, and there were a...
  • Journalism's fear and loathing of blogs

    08/08/2005 6:07:27 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 32 replies · 1,522+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 8/8/05 | Dante Chinni
    Mainstream journalism is running scared. It's watching its audience numbers decline and its public trust numbers drop. Newspapers, magazines, and network television news have been shaken by major scandals. The media have seen the future and it is blogging. Or at least that's the story this year. "Mainstream journalism," however you want to define it, has been under siege so long it's hard to keep track of all the people, things, and outlets that were or are still going to destroy it. Blogs, or weblogs - websites on which a person or a group of people opines about events, reports...
  • Peter Jennings Dead per ABC news, 67 years old

    08/06/2005 7:30:06 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 593 replies · 28,048+ views
    Friends at network | MB26
    <p>From friends at ABC; Peter Jennings is near death. This is unconfirmed, but from usually reliable sources.</p> <p>The ABC anchor, who was born in Canada but became a US citizen, announced a few months ago that he was suffering from lung cancer. He has not made a televised appearance since.</p>
  • Excellent article about Jim Robinson - Showdown: The left vs. the Web

    07/20/2005 4:28:34 AM PDT · by SFC MAC · 300 replies · 9,323+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | July 20, 2005 | Richard Poe
    FreeRepublic – an online community "I had not been all that politically active prior to President Clinton's election," Robinson recalls. "Yes, I complained about government and politics just like everyone else … but politics was not particularly high on my list of priorities – until Slick came along." Robinson saw that the Clintons had brought a new and dangerous level of corruption to American politics. He could no longer remain aloof. "I knew that the newspapers and news media were lying and I knew that government had been encroaching on our individual rights and that our politicians were as corrupt...
  • In Unusual Agreement, 'Post-Dispatch' Will Remain Liberal Under Lee

    05/14/2005 5:09:42 AM PDT · by captnorb · 4 replies · 470+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | May 13, 2005 | Mark Fitzgerald
    CHICAGO When Lee Enterprises Inc. agreed to purchase Pulitzer Inc. for $1.46 billion, it also agreed that the flagship St. Louis Post-Dispatch will keep its longstanding liberal editorial slant for at least the next five years, according to the purchase agreement mailed to Pulitzer shareholders Friday. "For a period of at least five years following the Effective Time, Parent (Lee Enterprises) will cause the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to maintain its current name and editorial page platform statement and to maintain its news and editorial headquarters in the City of St. Louis, Missouri," the agreement states.
  • The leaning tower of PBS

    05/09/2005 6:07:28 PM PDT · by MaryInSacto · 79 replies · 1,905+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9 May 2005 | By Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
    The leaning tower of PBS *Liberals see a conservative bent and vice versa. Meanwhile, station officials are getting nervous. By Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer SAN FRANCISCO — Public television officials are increasingly fearful that PBS is reemerging as a political football after a series of efforts by Republicans to promote more conservative perspectives on the taxpayer-supported network. Station managers and programmers gathered here for two public broadcasting conferences last week expressed growing alarm about recent actions by officials of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the private nonprofit agency charged with distributing federal funds to public broadcasters. Kenneth Tomlinson, the...
  • Los Angeles Times Fires Writer for 'substandard' Reporting

    04/19/2005 7:25:28 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 27 replies · 1,382+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Apr 19, 2005 | Anon
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Times dismissed a reporter after an investigation found that his story about the death of a fraternity pledge at a state university "fell far short" of standards, the newspaper said Tuesday. An editor's note in the Times said the March 29 story by Eric Slater had numerous inaccuracies and carried quotations from two named and other unnamed sources that could not be verified. Among the errors, the paper said the story erroneously reported that the victim was alone at the time of his death. "Beyond the specific errors, the newspaper's inquiry found that...
  • My Bias for Mainstream News (Still doesn't get it alert)

    03/19/2005 5:29:12 PM PST · by Coastal · 9 replies · 488+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 20, 2005 | Dana Milbank
    To judge from the e-mails I received during the four years I spent on the White House beat, Post readers of all political ideologies agree: I am biased. But in which direction? A conservative magazine put me on its cover as "Dana 'Bias' Milbank." A liberal Web site made me its "Media Whore of the Week," and a posting on a liberal blog proposed "Whore" as my middle name. (I've decided to combine the "Bias" and "Whore" suggestions and make my middle name, simply, "Bore.")
  • Let Us Now Praise Claudia Rosett

    03/19/2005 5:11:26 PM PST · by Allan · 2 replies · 379+ views
    The Daily Standard ^ | March 17, 2005 | Hugh Hewitt
    Let Us Now Praise Claudia Rosett She deserves a Pulitzer Prize (or six).by Hugh Hewitt 03/17/2005 12:00:00 AM LET ME BE THE FIRST to congratulate Claudia Rosett on the receipt of her 2005 Pulitzer Prize. I am uncertain in which category she will win the honor (there are at least six--public service, investigative reporting, breaking news, national reporting, international reporting, and commentary for which she qualifies). She ought to be honored in multiple categories, in fact, for rarely has a single journalist had the run of productivity that Rosett assembled in 2004, and which continues today. Of course it...
  • ‘Rather Dumb' Author Talks About the Real Dan Rather

    03/08/2005 6:03:24 PM PST · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 1,393+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 3/8/05 | Phil Brennan
    National Enquirer columnist Mike Walker has written a devastating expose of the real Dan Rather, showing conclusively that the self-proclaimed emperor of TV news is really stark naked. In an exclusive interview Walker told why he took the time to probe Dan Rather and the story behind Rathergate in his best-selling new book, "Rather Dumb: A Top Tabloid Reporter Tells CBS How to Do News." NewsMax: Mike, what made you, a celebrity columnist, write "Rather Dumb"? Walker: I never even thought about Dan Rather – he's just this wacko, weirdo guy who looked stupid when he went to Afghanistan...
  • Rather Troubled: Scandal Tarnishes Anchor's Retirement

    03/08/2005 10:59:33 AM PST · by FlyLow · 4 replies · 493+ views
    CNS News ^ | 3-8-05 | Randy Hall
    When Dan Rather steps down as anchor of the "CBS Evening News" on Wednesday, the celebration of his decades as a TV journalist will be overshadowed by the continuing fallout over a report that used apparent forgeries to attack President Bush during the 2004 election, a number of media experts said. Rather's departure will come exactly 24 years to the day after he replaced Walter Cronkite in the anchor chair -- and six months and a day after he narrated a "60 Minutes Wednesday" story on Sept. 8, 2004, that accused George W. Bush of receiving preferential treatment during his...
  • We Dicover A Leftist Critic Of Discover TheNetwork

    02/23/2005 7:51:39 AM PST · by Pendragon_6 · 11 replies · 740+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 2-23-2005 | Steven Plaut
    The new sister web page of Frontpage Magazine, DiscoverTheNetwork, seems to be upsetting some of our leftist brethren. The first outburst of crazed frenzy has come from Kurt Nimmo, one of the regular columnists at Counterpunch web magazine. In the first lengthy analysis of DiscoverTheNetwork, Nimmo writes a vicious attack against the new venture, in which he accuses the operators of unjustified inclusion, in a comprehensive database of the left, of Islamic terrorists and their apologists (along with, of course, leftists innocent of such connections). He writes: "Truly, Horowitz's latest endeavor is a sight to behold -- an exercise in...
  • Is Your Stuff Yours? The Answer Isn't So Simple (Liberal Whining)

    02/21/2005 5:10:37 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 67 replies · 1,535+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 21, 2005 | Martin Garbus
     On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will be faced with the following question: Under what conditions, if any, can the government take property from you or your business for the public good? Although the question sounds straightforward enough, its answer will have profound, complex — and terribly important — consequences for the future of American social policy. Under current law, the government can take your house or land. In order to do so, it must merely show that the property is being taken for a legitimate "public use," and it must pay a fair compensation. That's [snip]But in recent years,...
  • Howie Kurtz: Jeff Gannon Admits Past 'Mistakes,' Berates Critics

    02/18/2005 10:48:41 PM PST · by ambrose · 55 replies · 1,747+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2.19.05 | Howie Kurtz
    Jeff Gannon Admits Past 'Mistakes,' Berates Critics Saturday, February 19, 2005; Page C01 Jeff Gannon, the former White House reporter whose naked pictures have appeared on a number of gay escort sites, says that he has "regrets" about his past but that White House officials knew nothing about his salacious activities. "I've made mistakes in my past," he said yesterday. "Does my past mean I can't have a future? Does it disqualify me from being a journalist?" Gannon chastised his critics, breaking a silence that began last week when liberal bloggers disclosed his real name, James Dale Guckert, and a...
  • Transcript of CNN Interview with the Reporter Formerly Known as Gannon

    02/19/2005 5:25:40 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 73 replies · 2,457+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | Feb. 19, 2005 | CNN
    The following is the transcript of the Friday night CNN interview of Jeff Gannon/James Guckert by Anderson Cooper. COOPER: There are many questions that have been raised about whether or not -- people raising the specter that you are somehow a White House plant. Are you a White House plant? Were you (UNINTELLIGIBLE)? GANNON: Absolutely not. As a matter of fact, how I came to be at the White House is I asked to attend a briefing. I asked the White House Press Office. They gave me a daily pass to get in. COOPER: This liberal group, Media Matters, which...
  • War Inside CBS News (Drudge Siren Alert)

    02/15/2005 6:23:14 PM PST · by HRoarke · 345 replies · 16,543+ views
    Drudge ^ | 2/15/05 | Drudge
    THE NEW YORK OBSERVER will report tomorrow: 'Former 60 Minutes Wednesday executive editor Josh Howard has told colleagues that before he resigns, the 23-year CBS News veteran will demand that the network retract remarks by CBS president Leslie Moonves, correct its official story line and ultimately clear his name'... In the event of a lawsuit, Mr. Howard has told associates that he would like to see Moonves put under oath to talk about his own roles in the network's stubborn, hapless defense of the flawed segment on President Bush's National Guard service. Howard has also indicated to colleagues that he...
  • A Guide to U.S. Newspapers (Who reads what)

    02/16/2005 12:31:30 PM PST · by quidnunc · 17 replies · 1,107+ views
    February 16, 2005 | Origin unknown
    The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't really understand the Washington Post. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie chart format. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country, if they could spare the time, and if they didn't have to leave...
  • Speak now and forever wish you hadn't

    02/16/2005 3:20:01 AM PST · by Elkiejg · 66 replies · 1,480+ views ^ | February 16, 2005 | Kathleen Parker
    With the recent toppling of CBS's Dan Rather and now CNN's top news executive, Eason Jordan, I think we can declare without fear of contradiction that rigor mortis is settling over the carcass of the Fourth Estate. At least as we once knew it. I make this pronouncement without pleasure, and in fact, suggest that we're really witnessing a double funeral. One is for traditional journalism as the omnipotent gatekeeper of information. As bloggers - authors of Web logs - have gleefully pointed out the past several days, everyone with access to the Internet is now a journalist. Given the...
  • News forum that caught CBS fake National Guard documents shines light on another media blunder

    02/03/2005 9:23:28 AM PST · by BJungNan · 166 replies · 8,109+ views ^ | February 3, 2004 | Russell Betts
    News forum that caught CBS fake National Guard documents shines light on another media blunder "I need you all to look at this photo and tell me if you think the vest is what is being issued and worn in Iraq. Also does the M-16 shown look small?" - posted on 02/01/2005 11:26:05 AM PST by Dog "Ok, some things I'd like to point out... first, that vest, and those boots, they aren't military issue, if they are I've never seen em. Next, the mag in the M4 isn't issued I believe, it looks like a mag you would buy...
  • Liberal Bias At Newsweek

    01/27/2005 5:57:17 PM PST · by UpHereEh · 23 replies · 1,085+ views
    Accuracy In Media ^ | January 27, 2005 | Cliff Kincaid
    Evan Thomas of Newsweek was one of the few journalists who admitted that the mainstream media wanted John Kerry to win. He said media bias was worth as many as 20 million votes for Kerry. But that doesn't mean that Newsweek is free of liberal bias. We picked up a copy of the January 10 issue and were astounded by the examples of bias contained therein. Page 5 featured a "Conventional Wisdom" segment that criticized the President for vacationing and then "taking three days" to address the Tsunami disaster. That's a lie. The President addressed the problem on the day...