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  • Cuba marks 50th anniversary of Castro revolution

    01/01/2009 2:09:40 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 438+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/1/09 | Jeff Franks
    SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba (Reuters) – Cuba celebrated on Thursday the 50th anniversary of a 1959 revolution whose leader Fidel Castro transformed the island into a communist state that has survived despite decades of opposition from the United States and the collapse of its Cold War benefactors. The revolution's landmark anniversary comes at a time when the era of Fidel Castro, now 82 and in poor health, is winding down and uncertainty hangs over the future of the Cuba he built into an improbable world player admired for its social gains but criticized for its human rights record. Celebrations have...
  • Cuban Stalinism at 50--the Media Lies Continue

    01/01/2009 5:23:16 AM PST · by slickeroo · 5 replies · 721+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 1/1/09 | Humberto Fontova
    Cuban Stalinism at 50--and the Media Lies Continue By Humberto Fontova "Cuban mothers let me assure you that I will solve all Cuba's problems without spilling a drop of blood." Upon entering Havana on January 7, 1959, Cuba's new leader Fidel Castro broadcast that promise into a phalanx of microphones. As the jubilant crowd erupted with joy, Castro continued. “Cuban mothers let me assure you that because of me you will never have to cry." The following day, just below San Juan Hill in eastern Cuba, a bulldozer rumbled to a start, clanked into position, and started pushing dirt into...
  • Media Deathwatch: New York Times November Ad Revenue Down 20%

    12/24/2008 2:23:50 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 11 replies · 420+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | December 24, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    In our favorite continuing series on the Decline and Fall of The Fourth Estate, see here, here, here, and here, there is more good news. The New York Times Co's (NYT.N) November advertising revenue fell 20 percent, the company said on Wednesday, illustrating how the financial crisis is aggravating dizzying revenue declines at U.S. newspapers. Ad revenue at the publisher's New York Times Media Group, which includes the Times newspaper, fell 21.2 percent from a year earlier because of a drop in real estate and jobs classified advertising. . . . Total company revenue fell 13.9 percent. More . ....
  • Media Deathwatch: Internet Surpasses Newspapers As News Source

    12/23/2008 2:13:04 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 7 replies · 342+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | December 23, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    The king is dead. Long live the king. Victory is ours. The internet, which emerged this year as a leading source for campaign news, has now surpassed all other media except television as a main source for national and international news. Currently, 40% say they get most of their news about national and international issues from the internet, up from just 24% in September 2007. For the first time in a Pew survey, more people say they rely mostly on the internet for news than cite newspapers (35%). . . More . . .
  • Meeting Cuba's youngest politician (BBC celebrates 50 years of Communism in Cuba)

    12/22/2008 2:10:55 PM PST · by weegee · 22 replies · 684+ views
    BBC News ^ | Monday, 22 December 2008 | Michael Voss
    As Cuba prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fidel Castro's revolution on 1 January, most of those in power are the same people who fought alongside him half a century ago. ...But there is a new generation of communists waiting in the wings. ...The youngest, Liaena Hernandez, is just 18 years old. A petite young woman with long black hair and an engaging smile, she has been a political activist since her early teens... "Having young Cubans in parliament shows that the revolution continues. It isn't just something from our history..." Her father is in the army and she...
  • Aging Castro still rules 50 years after revolution

    12/20/2008 2:18:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 506+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/20/08 | Anita Snow - ap
    HAVANA – In the palace of a fallen dictator, the grade-school kids in their red Communist Pioneer bandanas are getting their mandatory introduction to the glories of the revolution. Clattering from one display case to the next, they gaze wide-eyed at an antique gun, a fighter's bloodied shirt, the engine of a downed U.S. spy plane. Moving on, they stare at the yacht named Granma that carried Fidel Castro back from exile to launch his guerrilla war, and the combat boots his brother-successor wore as a ponytailed 27-year-old rebel.
  • Dinosaur Media Death Watch: WUSA Moves to One-Person News Crews

    12/13/2008 3:56:45 PM PST · by NorthShoreGibby · 6 replies · 357+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 12 December 2008 | Paul Farhi
    The march of technology and the shrinking economy are beginning to take a toll on the traditional means of television news-gathering: the TV news crew. Under a new agreement reached this week with its labor unions, WUSA, Channel 9, will become the first station in Washington to replace its crews with one-person "multimedia journalists" who will shoot and edit news stories single-handedly.
  • Still out of sight, Fidel Castro pens new book (adds new meaning to term 'ghost writer')

    11/12/2008 6:28:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 322+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/11/08 | AP
    HAVANA – Cuba on Wednesday presented a new book by Fidel Castro, who has not appeared in public since undergoing emergency intestinal surgery in July 2006 but who authorities claim spent more than 400 hours working on the manuscript. "La Paz en Colombia," or "Peace in Colombia," explores Cuba's role in attempts to end Colombia's civil war, which has raged for more than four decades. The 265-page book was presented during a Havana ceremony that Castro did not attend, though one of his sons was there, as was Ricardo Alarcon, head of the country's rubber-stamp parliament. Several rounds of peace...
  • New York Times Stock (NYT) poised to close below historic low of $8.12 (its $7.71 at close!)

    11/12/2008 1:02:28 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 150 replies · 2,713+ views
    CNBC ^ | 12 NOV 08 | dcbryan1
    Price: $7.68 Last 0.59-7.04% Today’s Change 8.27 Today’s Open $8.29 Day High $7.79 Day Low $7.68 Volume 717,036
  • Evening Post (aka The Newsless Courier) Publishing freezes pension benefits

    11/11/2008 9:02:46 AM PST · by Salo · 4 replies · 551+ views
    The Post and Courier Website ^ | 11/11/08 | unknown
    Evening Post Publishing Company announced today it was freezing benefits in its defined benefit retirement plan, which is funded entirely by the company. Current employee pensions will be computed on their years of service through Dec. 31, 2008. The move was taken because of soaring costs of maintaining both the pension plan and the employee 401(k) program. The latter is not affected by the decision.
  • L.A. Times lays off another 75

    10/28/2008 9:52:26 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 15 replies · 408+ views
    Variety ^ | October 27, 2008 | CYNTHIA LITTLETON
    Another 75 editorial staffers were let go at the Los Angeles Times on Monday, including numerous reporters and editors involved in arts and entertainment coverage. The cuts included film critic Carina Chocano, whose departure leaves Hollywood’s hometown newspaper with one full-time film critic, Kenneth Turan. Chocano had been with the Times since 2004. Times editor Russ Stanton cited the growing economic downturn as the reason for the latest round of layoffs in a memo to the staff. The Times eliminated about 130 editorial positions in July as part of a companywide downsizing effort at its beleaguered parent company, Tribune Co....
  • ABC producer arrested outside Brown Palace (Asa Eslocker @ Denver convention)

    08/27/2008 5:46:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies · 352+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 8/27/08 | Sue Lindsay
    ABC producer arrested outside Brown PalaceSue Lindsay 2 hours, 18 minutes ago A producer for ABC News was arrested today as he and a camera crew set up on the sidewalk outside the Brown Palace Hotel. Asa Eslocker was arrested for trespass, interference and failure to obey an lawful order. He was being processed from the Denver City Jail and is expected to be released on $300 bail, said his attorney Tom Kelley. Eslocker is investigating the role of corporate lobbyists and wealthy donors at the convention for a series of Money Trail reports on ABC World News. "The Brown's...
  • Daily Spanish-language newspaper El Nuevo Dia Orlando is closing

    08/14/2008 12:42:42 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 20 replies · 432+ views
    orlandosentinel ^ | August 14, 2008 | Alsy Acevedo
    Five years after arriving in Central Florida, El Nuevo Día Orlando, the region's only daily Spanish-language newspaper, is closing. The paper, which has a total of 50 employees, will cease operations Aug. 29., said José F. Serra, spokesperson for the Ferré-Rangel family. They own two newspapers in Puerto Rico -- El Nuevo Día and Primera Hora -- and started the Orlando operations in Sept. 2003. "Unfortunately, the losses have been consistent throughout the five years, and we came to the conclusion that we couldn't continue producing the paper," Serra said.
  • Letter: Pro-Obama "South Florida Sun-Sentinel" sickening [readers strike back at MSM]

    07/19/2008 11:30:47 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 13 replies · 173+ views
    The Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, FL ^ | 2008-07-20 | Murray Kaminsky
    It's pitiful to read the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. You are so pro-Obama that it is sickening. No such thing as an impartial paper.
  • Bridging the Abyss (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/19/2008 7:59:10 AM PDT · by Ogie Oglethorpe · 14 replies · 210+ views
    American Journalism Review ^ | June/July 2008 | Charles Layton
    Bridging the Abyss Why a lot of newspapers aren’t going to survive By Charles Layton Charles Layton ( is an AJR senior contributing writer. Mark Potts is a consultant, based in Washington, D.C., who hires out to newspaper Web sites, dotcoms and the like. He was a reporter and editor (Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, San Francisco Examiner) in the '70s and '80s, that golden age for newspapers before the Internet came along to spoil the party. Ad revenue — four-fifths of a daily paper's income — grew by double digits during many of those years. Last summer, Potts and some...
  • Columbian announces job cuts...Vancouver WA...Dinosaur Media Death Watch

    07/10/2008 7:43:17 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 6 replies · 136+ views
    The columbian ^ | July 10, 2008 | JULIA ANDERSON
    (Vancouver, WA) The Columbian Publishing Co. has made further job reductions this week as the company struggles to meet operating budgets for the first half of the year. An estimated 20 positions were included in the latest round of layoffs, said Columbian Publisher Scott Campbell. Eight newsroom employees were a part of the job cuts, six reporters, one photographer and one sports clerk/writer. "The economy - both nationally and locally - is pretty tough right now," said Campbell "It is impacting news organizations and companies in many business sectors. We have had another decline in advertising revenue over the past...
  • The Associated Press to Set Guidelines for Using Its Articles in Blogs

    06/16/2008 7:02:06 AM PDT · by mathprof · 38 replies · 422+ views
    new york times ^ | 6/16/08 | SAUL HANSELL
    The Associated Press, one of the nation’s largest news organizations, said that it will, for the first time, attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites can excerpt without infringing on The A.P.’s copyright. The A.P.’s effort to impose some guidelines on the free-wheeling blogosphere, where extensive quoting and even copying of entire news articles is common, may offer a prominent definition of the important but vague doctrine of “fair use,” which holds that copyright owners cannot ban others from using small bits of their works under some circumstances. For...
  • Fidel Castro attacks McCain and Bush in column

    05/23/2008 9:26:54 AM PDT · by Kleebo151 · 18 replies · 119+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5-23-2008 | Jeff Franks
    Cuban leader Fidel Castro blasted Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Friday for his criticism of the Cuban government this week, saying McCain had shown why he finished near the bottom of his class at West Point. In his latest newspaper column, Castro also attacked President George W. Bush for his speech on Wednesday announcing that U.S. citizens would be allowed to send cell phones to Cuba. "A deluge of speeches and lies they directed at Cuba," Castro said in a column published in Communist Party newspaper Granma. "How far they are from knowing Cuba and its people."
  • Ailing Fidel Castro Says He's Still In The Loop

    By Marc Frank April 23, 2008 HAVANA (Reuters) - An ailing Fidel Castro took partial credit on Wednesday for firing Cuba's long-serving education minister this week, indicating that he would remain influential behind the scenes as long as he is able. Castro, who was succeeded by his younger brother Raul Castro as president this year after almost half a century at the helm, blasted former minister Luis Ignacio Gomez for being "burnt out" and "losing revolutionary consciousness." In a newspaper column, Castro laid into Gomez for travelling abroad too much and taking personal credit for advances in Cuba's education system.
  • Why CBS should shutter its news division.

    04/24/2008 3:30:19 PM PDT · by Dominic01 · 9 replies · 67+ views
    MSN Slate ^ | April 23, 2008 | Troy Patterson
    To judge by the ads, the most loyal adherents to CBS' quasi-journalistic programming are impotent and incontinent. It so happens that they share these afflictions with the network's actual news division. Katie Couric is reportedly itching to bolt her gig as the anchor of broadcast TV's worst-rated evening newscast. Last month, Shelley Ross lost her job producing The Early Show, the worst-rated morning newscast, after problems concerning temper tantrums and tequila parties. Most weeks, the perfectly decent Bob Schieffer, who will retire after the 2009 inauguration, sees Face the Nation to a finish as the third-rated Sunday show. And the...