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  • Can Animals Be Gay?

    04/04/2010 4:51:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 72 replies · 1,821+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 29, 2010 | JON MOOALLEM
    The Laysan albatross is a downy seabird with a seven-foot wingspan and a notched, pale yellow beak. Every November, a small colony of albatrosses assembles at a place called Kaena Point, overlooking the Pacific at the foot of a volcanic range, on the northwestern tip of Oahu, Hawaii. Each bird has spent the past six months in solitude, ranging over open water as far north as Alaska, and has come back to the breeding ground to reunite with its mate. Albatrosses can live to be 60 or 70 years old and typically mate with the same bird every year, for...
  • The Tea Party protests are nothing compared to the seething rage of the anti-Bush crowds

    03/29/2010 10:39:01 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 14 replies · 784+ views
    London Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | March 29, 2010 | Stephanie Gutmann
    So, according to Frank Rich of the New York Times, the Tea Party protesters are indulging in a “small-scale mimicry of Kristallnacht.” There is a “tsunami of anger” gathering across the land, he writes, and an “accompanying rise in right-wing extremism”. Well, I detest some of the expressions reported in recent days and I’m hoping the Tea Party movement – where I’ve met many thoughtful, responsible people – will begin a little self-policing. I’m also hoping that the worst sign-carriers will be taken aside and questioned — as I would be willing to bet that some of them are plants,...
  • Strange Brew: Why is the Coffee Party Movement an Overnight MSM Sensation?

    03/18/2010 10:01:12 AM PDT · by KippLanham · 8 replies · 384+ views
    PJTV ^ | March 18, 2010 | PJTV
    Ask anyone in the Tea Party movement and they'll tell you how difficult it is to get any media attention at all, not to mention coverage that is actually fair and accurate, yet the Coffee Party movement sprung up overnight and it's already a media favorite. Find out why and comment here: http://pjtv.com/v/3251
  • Ivory Tower Conundrum

    03/10/2010 9:37:51 AM PST · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 155+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | March 10, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Ivory Tower Conundrum Bethany Stotts, March 10, 2010 Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said that “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.” But some in the ivory tower would prefer that the sunlight of transparency not shine too brightly into the classroom. “An associate professor [at the University of Virginia] who focuses on digital media, Mr. [Siva] Vaidhyanathan regularly teaches and writes enthusiastically about movements to make music, movies, and other creative works free online,” writes Jeffrey R. Young this...
  • Harvard Still Hates America

    03/10/2010 7:00:37 AM PST · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 338+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | March 10, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Harvard Still Hates America Malcolm A. Kline, March 10, 2010 A number of years ago, former congressman John LeBoutellier wrote a book about his alma mater which he titled Harvard Hates America. The thesis is worth revisiting. Since then, (1978), a quartet of Harvard grads have run for president, two of them successfully, displaying varying degrees of affection for their native soil. The last Crimson candidate, who now occupies the White House, matriculated from Harvard Law. “On this faculty, there are around 100 professors or assistant professors, and of that 100, I think you’d have to estimate there would be...
  • Are Liberals And Atheists Dumb As Bricks?

    03/08/2010 7:40:14 AM PST · by Tribune7 · 71 replies · 209+ views
    An attempt is being made to inculcate into our society the notion -- create a meme if you will -- that liberals and atheists are smarter than conservatives who believe in God. Cited as evidence by evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa are conclusions gleaned from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health which began with a survey of high school students in 1994 and part of which included a picture-based vocabulary test used to estimate their IQs. Interviews of participants 14 years later showed higher-IQ scorers to be disproportionately liberals and atheists. There is surprisingly simple test that you can perform...
  • Fantasies old and new (Gene Lyons paraphrased: "American people are stupid" barf alert)

    02/25/2010 9:15:48 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 12 replies · 385+ views
    Fantasies old and new Gene Lyons The first great rule followed by all American politicians and most journalists is to flatter the people about how smart and savvy they are. The reality, of course, is that much of the electorate is so poorly informed that it’s a wonder our political system works as well as it does, which many think is hardly at all. Last week, CNN released a poll showing that 86 percent of Americans believe that the U.S. government is “broken.” I admit my first reaction was to wonder subversively, “How would they know?” A contemporaneous Pew survey...
  • Ohio ABC TV Station Presents Democrat Press Release as News Story

    02/24/2010 9:40:29 AM PST · by GOP_Raider · 14 replies · 429+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 24 Feb 10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Many of us on the right like to claim that the Old Media is just an arm of the Democrat Party. Of course some of that on our part is bombast, but incidents like this tend to make conservative’s complaints seem more like right-on-target truth than over-the-top complaining. On February 23, ABC TV Channel 7, WTRF News (Wheeling, West Virginia/ Steubenville, Ohio), posted on its website what was originally credited as a story written by reporter Bob Westfall. Unfortunately, though, this posting was only posing as a news story as it was nothing but a word-for-word re-posting of Democrat Ohio...
  • Police Probe Veteran BBC Reporter Who Admitted Killing Lover

    02/16/2010 9:56:58 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 2 replies · 323+ views
    News Core via FoxNews ^ | February 16, 2010
    Police launched an investigation Tuesday after veteran British TV broadcaster Ray Gosling confessed on air to smothering his lover, who was dying of AIDS. A spokesman said officers would liaise with the BBC after Gosling's admission was aired on its 'Inside Out' program, broadcast at 7:30 p.m. GMT Monday. The BBC did not alert the police in advance of the confession, which was reportedly recorded last November. A police spokesman said: "We were not aware of Mr. Gosling's comments until the BBC Inside Out program was shown. "We are now liaising with the BBC and will investigate the matter."
  • Postdoctoral researchers at UMass unionize

    02/07/2010 4:53:08 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies · 759+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | February 7, 2010 | Tracy Jan
    Enough is enough. Post-docs, complaining of low pay while conducting vital research, are rising up in university towns across the state. Nearly 300 postdoctoral researchers at University of Massachusetts campuses in Amherst, Boston, and Dartmouth joined the United Auto Workers union, becoming the first post-doc researchers in the state to unionize. The move triggers a process that will require the university system to negotiate over wages, health insurance, job security, and other workplace issues. “We’ve taken this step so we can protect our rights on the job, and make sure post-docs working on different campuses and in different labs are...
  • Dan Rather wants Obama to help save the news

    02/03/2010 10:04:30 AM PST · by pissant · 43 replies · 886+ views
    Aspen Daily ^ | 2/3/10 | Andy Travers
    Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather called on President Barack Obama to form a White House commission to help save the press Tuesday night in an impassioned speech at the Aspen Institute. “I personally encourage the president to establish a White House commission on public media,” the legendary newsman said. Such a commission on media reform, Rather said, ought to make recommendations on saving journalism jobs and creating new business models to keep news organizations alive. At stake, he argued, is the very survival of American democracy.
  • Note to Tea Partyers: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

    01/20/2010 10:36:31 AM PST · by prairiebreeze · 117 replies · 3,329+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 19,2010 | Garrison Keillor
    The tea partiers are enjoying their day in the sun, but coffee is the beverage preferred by most Americans, and we don't have time to gang up and holler and wave our arms -- we prefer to sit quietly with coffee in hand and read a reliable newspaper and try to figure out what's going on in the world. Great heaps of dead bodies are moved by front-loaders and dumped, uncounted, unidentified, into open pits in a stricken country while people feast and walk treadmills on enormous cruise ships sailing a hundred miles off the coast en route to the...
  • Charlie Gibson Says He's Leaving Because Objectivity's Passe -- But He Loved Puffing Ted Kennedy?

    12/14/2009 10:40:58 AM PST · by Justaham · 31 replies · 1,111+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 12-14-09 | Tim Graham
    Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz presented quite a paradox in a Charlie Gibson profile Monday. The retiring ABC World News anchor said that "it’s time to move on" since objectivity is "less of a marketable commodity." But Kurtz also underlined how Gibson dared to keep airing live coverage of Ted Kennedy’s funeral until they were able to broadcast the reading of Ted Kennedy’s letter to Pope Benedict. These passages came late in the article: Gibson worries whether broadcast networks will be able to support sizable editorial staffs in an era of declining audiences, when cable news channels are louder...
  • Washington Blade and Several Other Gay Newspapers Go Out of Business

    11/16/2009 11:21:49 AM PST · by GoldStandard · 65 replies · 1,906+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 11/16/2009 | Richard Perez-Pena
    Gay newspapers in several U.S. cities, including the Washington Blade, shut down on Monday, as the company that owned them, Window Media, abruptly went out of business. Window Media had been in serious financial trouble, but employees said they had expected a reorganization or sale, not a liquidation. “We found out when two of the corporate officers were waiting for us when we got to work this morning,” said Kevin Naff, editor of the Blade, a 40-year-old paper that was one of the most important publications written for a gay audience. “It’s not a complete surprise. The abruptness of it...
  • AP to Americans : Stop being “grouchy”

    11/11/2009 9:07:30 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 42 replies · 1,684+ views
    Hot Air ^ | November 11, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    Dan Calabrese notices a scolding tone coming from the Associated Press in reporting its latest polling. It headlines the report by noting that “a grouchy public [is] sticking with Obama,” having seen a 54% job approval rating in its survey — but some bad numbers on the issues. Does the AP report those falling levels of support as a consequence of Barack Obama doing a poor job? No, as emphases from Dan and myself show: The public grew slightly more dispirited on a range of matters over the past month, including war and the economy, continuing the slippage that has...
  • Sean Penn Heading to Cuba to Interview Castro for Vanity Fair

    10/26/2009 9:21:31 AM PDT · by Justaham · 18 replies · 450+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 10-26-09 | Noel Sheppard
    If Fidel Castro and Sean Penn are in the same room, which one do you think hates America more? Such a question doesn't seem to concern Vanity Fair who according to the website TMZ has hired Penn to write an article about how Barack Obama and his administration have impacted Cuba.
  • CNN: Gibbs on Whether Race Impacts Obama's Detractors(oddly Gibbs "celebrates" economic collapse)

    09/14/2009 11:31:27 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 17 replies · 891+ views
    CNN transcript via Washington Post ^ | Sunday, September 13, 2009; 12:28 PM | CQ Transcriptswire
    JOHN KING (host): If you pick up Maureen Dowd's column in The New York Times this morning, she goes through Congressman (Joe) Wilson's statement, some of the other things, and she says in her -- she has come to the conclusion, quote: "Some people just can't believe a black man is president and will never accept it." Does the president believe that some of these attacks are based on his race? WHITE HOUSE PRESS SEC. ROBERT GIBBS: I don't think the president believes that people are upset because of the color of his skin. I think people are upset because...
  • ‘Meet the Press’ Focus on Jones Aftermath — Internet ‘Open Sewer’ of ‘Disinformation’ (video)

    09/06/2009 3:18:33 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 105 replies · 3,398+ views
    M eet The Press ^ | Sept. 6, 2009
    Tom Brokaw: "It's frightening, frankly."
  • CA Dem to Interviewer: ‘Get the F**k Out of Here or I’ll Throw You Out the Window’

    09/03/2009 8:47:00 AM PDT · by Sammy67 · 169 replies · 7,983+ views
    breitbart.tv ^ | 9/3/09 | Jan Helfeld
    Michelle Malkin: Independent TV documentarian Jan Helfeld asks California Democrat Rep. Pete Stark about the national debt and the economy. Stark tells him repeatedly to “shut up,
  • A Conservative Reflection on Ted Kennedy

    08/27/2009 7:49:12 AM PDT · by notaliberal · 10 replies · 740+ views
    Human events ^ | August 27, 2009 | Daniel J. Flynn
    Political figures are said to be remembered in one line. George Washington was the father of his country. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves. Ronald Reagan won the Cold War without firing a shot. Ted Kennedy let a woman die at Chappaquiddick and tried to cover it up. If obituaries rightly remember the Massachusetts solon as America's third longest serving senator, they do history a disservice by downplaying why he served so long in the Senate and not a day in the White House.
  • ABC's Charles Gibson on Cindy Sheehan's War Protest: 'Enough Already'

    08/20/2009 10:35:44 AM PDT · by Justaham · 28 replies · 1,730+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 8-20-09 | Noel Sheppard
    When George W. Bush was President, ABC and Charles Gibson, like most media members, couldn't get enough of anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan. Now that Barack Obama is in the White House, the host of "World News Tonight" is no longer interested in Sheehan, even telling WLS radio in Chicago, "Enough already." I guess she served her purpose as reported by the Washington Examiner's Byron York Thurday: In an appearance August 18 on WLS radio in Chicago, ABC News anchor Charles Gibson was asked about anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan's plans to travel to Martha's Vineyard next week, where she will protest...
  • Journo Asks Why Can't 'Progressives' Win?

    08/10/2009 10:57:28 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 53 replies · 2,768+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 08/10/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    The L.A.Times' Dan Neil is confused. He thinks that the so-called progressive movement is right on all the issues, but he just cannot understand why they can't win the public debate. Neil laments that they have all the "English majors" on their side but cannot win "any war of words." Just what is going on here, he wants to know? He's so frustrated that he took to his keyboard to ask these questions in a Pittsburgh Gazette article from August 9. In his piece, Neil wonders, for instance, why the "progressives" are so inept at debate and cannot convince the...
  • Hate (of Muslims) Engulfs Christians in Pakistan

    08/03/2009 8:22:25 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies · 1,850+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 2, 2009 | Sabrina Tavernise
    GOJRA, Pakistan — The blistered black walls of the Hameed family’s bedroom tell of an unspeakable crime. Seven family members died here on Saturday, six of them burned to death by a mob that had broken into their house and shot the grandfather dead, just because they were Christian. The family had huddled in the bedroom, talking in whispers with their backs pressed against the door, as the mob taunted them. “They said, ‘If you come out, we’ll kill you,’ ” said Ikhlaq Hameed, 22, who escaped. Among the dead were two children, Musa, 6, and Umaya, 13. The attack...
  • CNN Bozo Accidentally Outs His Source; Palins Threaten Legal Action On Divorce Smear

    08/02/2009 8:18:27 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 339 replies · 20,668+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 8.2.09 @ 8:53PM | By Robert Stacy McCain
    An attorney for Sarah Palin has delivered a letter threatening legal action against an anti-Palin blogger who was the source of a divorce rumor that the attorney for the former Alaska governor called "categorically false." Publication of the letter at a Web site that repeated the rumor has uncovered circumstantial evidence that the anti-Palin blogger "Gryphen" is a kindergarten teacher at an Anchorage elementary school.... CNN stringer/anti-Palin blogger Dennis Zaki published ... a copy of a letter from Palin attorney Thomas Van Flein, ordering "Gryphen" to retract the allegations -- calling them "complete fabrications, false and defamatory" -- or face...
  • Andrea Mitchell: People with insurance who oppose ObamaCare “may not know what’s good for them”

    07/31/2009 1:38:42 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 121 replies · 5,846+ views
    Hot Air ^ | July 31, 2009 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via Breitbart, consider this a video companion to Karl’s post. She’s totally right, incidentally: It’s certainly possible that we halfwit proles with private insurance might have misjudged where our true self-interest lies. But the same could be said of virtually any group involved in any issue — e.g., anti-war types “may not know what’s good for them” in opposing the effort to counter jihadism with democracy — and yet, curiously, it isn’t. To think, Megan McArdle was worried about elitist liberals using health care to dictate to the masses what’s in their best interest. As for the current state of...
  • Behind the Scenes: Sotomayor and Photographers

    07/16/2009 1:38:31 PM PDT · by null and void · 7 replies · 599+ views
    NYT ^ | July 15, 2009, 3:11 | David W. Dunlap
    In an era when slides and negatives are no longer the coin of the realm, the case of Usher v. Corbis-Sygma may seem to have lost much timeliness. Except for this: one member of the three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals that most recently heard the case was Judge Sonia Sotomayor. The portfolio included photographs Mr. Usher had taken during the 2000 presidential campaign. “The value of these images is certainly more than $7 each,” Mr. Usher, 47, said in a telephone interview Tuesday from Alexandria, Va., where he lives. “But I’d so much rather have the...
  • Anti-gay bias still rampant in the media: When will broadcasters grow up? (Comedy?)

    07/02/2009 11:32:45 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 16 replies · 721+ views
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | June 29th 2009 | By Karl Frisch
    In early May, National Public Radio, a supposed bastion of liberal media bias, found itself in the cross hairs of the lesbian and gay community over an online review of "Outrage," a documentary chronicling the hypocrisy of prominent, purportedly closeted politicians with staunchly anti-gay voting records. What sparked the controversy was not the documentary itself, but the fact that NPR's review failed to name names. In fact, while Nathan Lee, the review's initial author, had included the identities of those fingered in the film, NPR editors took it upon themselves to censor the review prior to publication. Would a review...
  • Obama and the ‘Noble Lie’

    06/29/2009 7:21:46 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 37 replies · 2,515+ views
    NRO ^ | 29 june 09 | Victor Davis Hanson
    For much of the Bush administration, the media splashed stories of neoconservative conspiracies and cabals. Exposés about mostly Jewish liberals-turned-conservatives charged that they were adherents of the philosopher Leo Strauss and embraced the Platonic notion of the “noble lie.” In his Republic, Plato outlined an elaborate, ranked utopia, a good city (“Kallipolis”) run by a sort of benign natural selection. The philosopher-kings sat atop hierarchies in which occupations were assigned for the citizenry. To justify arbitrary selections, the rulers would make up “noble lies” about divine edicts, making clear that the occupations chosen for lesser folk were god-given. Once the...
  • Obama Could Work for The New York Times

    06/29/2009 7:01:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 962+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2009 | Burt Prelutsky
    Back in 2008, New York Times correspondent David S. Rohde, along with Afghan reporter Taki Luden, were abducted in Pakistan by the Taliban. Because they felt it might adversely affect hostage rescue efforts, the Times requested a news black-out. The Associated Press and other news agencies respected the request and only broke the story recently, after Rohde and Luden had scaled a wall and made their escape. It would be nothing other than a story with a happy ending, except that the Times has time and again ignored the government’s requests that it not report the specific ways in which...
  • DODD: KEEP WIFE OUT OF IT

    06/15/2009 4:56:48 AM PDT · by Gomez · 53 replies · 1,911+ views
    Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), who is likely next year to face the first real election battle of his 30-year Senate career, lashed out against media reports suggesting that his wife's lucrative positions on the boards of four health-care companies could be inappropriate. "It's offensive to my wife that you'd be even talking about it," Dodd complained on "Fox News Sunday" yesterday. Dodd, who is a key player in President Obama's health-care reform efforts, said there is "no reason" for his wife to step down and claimed she is a victim of sexism. "We don't hear these questions being raised about...
  • The Fed: Bankrupt

    06/10/2009 9:57:31 AM PDT · by mikelike · 8 replies · 590+ views
    The Market Ticker ^ | 6/10/2009 | Karl Denninger
    Key quote from this interview (must-see!): "If the Fed examiners were set upon the Fed's own documents—unlabeled documents—to pass judgment on the Fed's capacity to survive the difficulties it faces in credit, it would shut this institution down," he said. "The Fed is undercapitalized in a way that Citicorp is undercapitalized." This guy is not a "nobody" either - he's a major force in the bond market, editor of a very well-recognized publication since 1983. Ignore him at your peril. Yeah, I know, The Fed issued some new disclosure today. It of course shows them "well-capitalized". So did Bear Stearns'...
  • Federal court says self-defense ban by states is Constitutional

    06/04/2009 4:48:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies · 1,083+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 June, 2009 | David Codrea
    States can not only ban guns, they can ban self-defense. That's what a court just ruled. And we're told it is the "conservative" position: Today, Richard Posner and Frank Easterbrook, appointed to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago by President Ronald Reagan, took the same hands-off as Sotomayor. They joined a 3-0 ruling that upheld weapons ordinances in Chicago and suburban Oak Park, Illinois, and rejected challenges by gun rights advocates. Don't let the raising of the Reagan mantra persuade you. The reverence gun owners have for the man is based more on illusion than substance. He...
  • Al Gore silent as his journalists are sentenced to 12 years hard labor

    06/08/2009 2:01:07 PM PDT · by PrairieFireConservative · 34 replies · 1,680+ views
    Examiner.com/San Francisco ^ | 6/8/2009 | Arthur Bruzzone
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- The two reporters for Al Gore’s TV Current, an on-line journal based in San Francisco, who have been held since March, were found guilty of illegal entry and sentenced to 12 years hard labor, the North Korean news agency said on Monday. Al Gore and his on-line network have yet to speak out on the actions by the North Korean government -- the arrest and now the sentencing.
  • Some pointers for Palin

    05/19/2009 9:13:08 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 47 replies · 1,612+ views
    HEY, Sarah P., big congratulations on the memoir deal! I am so excited that you're joining our booky-wooky club! I know this is new for you, this book-writing thing, so do you mind some suggestions - just a few pointers? First, the story thing. You might not like that word "story," what with how it sounds like news story and might make you think about nasty interviews and so on, but I know you can get all creative about it. Important to remember: Your story is just what you want to tell - no more. You get to control every...
  • ‘Like Teenage Girls At A Bay City Rollers Concert’

    05/11/2009 5:33:11 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 66 replies · 4,205+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On Morning Joe today, Joe Scarborough nailed the Washington press corps for its sycophantish performance at the White House Correspondents Association dinner this past Saturday night: “like a bunch of teenage girls waiting for a Bay City Rollers concert, waiting to scream at the top of their [lungs].” Mika Brzezinski, agreeing with Joe, lifted the veil on the goings-on behind the scenes, describing an enraptured TV production crew scrambling to get the most flattering shots of the prez and First Lady. View video here.
  • Feds (Lawyers) Say Murtha Immune From Pa. Haditha Suit, Too (Haditha)

    04/23/2009 9:20:20 AM PDT · by xzins · 58 replies · 1,706+ views
    WTAE-TV ^ | 23 Apr 09
    JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- A Justice Department attorney said U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., should be immune from a defamation lawsuit filed by a former Marine from western Pennsylvania. Murtha Essentially, Murtha's attorney said the lawsuit filed in September by Justin Sharratt, of Canonsburg, should be dismissed for the same reasons that a federal appeals court struck down a similar suit by Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, of Meriden, Conn., last week. The court ruled that Murtha couldn't be sued because he was acting within the scope of his employment when he accused Wuterich's squad of killing innocent civilians "in cold blood"...
  • New York Times Nears Insolvency

    04/23/2009 7:28:42 AM PDT · by AIM Freeper · 27 replies · 1,232+ views
    Boycott The New York Times ^ | April 23, 2009 | Don Irvine
    According to a report in the New York Post the venerable New York Times is much worse off financially than anyone predicted.
  • Pulitzer outrage

    04/23/2009 5:15:02 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 33 replies · 3,003+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 23 Apr 09 | Bill Gertz
    Retired military analysts are reacting with outrage that the Pulitzer committee awarded one of its prestigious prizes for a story discredited by an independent investigation, special correspondent Rowan Scarborough reports.
  • A prescription for the newspaper industry

    04/16/2009 12:18:49 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 19 replies · 555+ views
    ...How can an industry survive if it allows other companies, like Google News, to use its content without any compensation? (NYTimes editor) Keller asked him (Google CEO), "When are you going to start paying for our content?" Schmidt stiffened a bit and declared: "We will pay when everyone pays" - everyone with an Internet site, that is. There's an impossible standard... Online sales now provide one-third of his (RIAA VP) industry's income. At best, the music business would be a hollow shell of what it is today... There's another solution. The courthouse. The Associated Press announced last week that it...
  • [MSNBC & CNN] Cable Anchors, Guests Use Tea Parties as Platform for Frat House Humor

    04/16/2009 9:47:09 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 34 replies · 1,721+ views
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, April 16, 2009
    For thousands of Americans, Tax Day was a moment to protest what they see as bloated budgets and a pile of debt being passed on to their children. For CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use the word "teabagging" in a sentence. Teabagging, for those who don't live in a frat house, refers to a sexual act involving part of the male genitalia and a second person's face or mouth. So when the anti-tax "tea party" protests were held Wednesday across the country, cable anchors and guests -- who for weeks had all but...
  • Affleck reflects on the role of newspapers

    04/15/2009 6:56:07 AM PDT · by outpostinmass2 · 44 replies · 1,144+ views
    Even before "State of Play," his new movie celebrating the watchdog role of newspapers, Ben Affleck was partial to print. He grew up a reader of The Boston Globe and can't imagine his hometown paper going out of business. "I was definitely shocked to hear about the Globe," the actor told us, referring to The New York Times Co.'s threat to shutter New England's newspaper of record unless it gets concessions from the paper's unions. "I fundamentally misunderstood what was going on. Boston.com has 5.6 million readers a month, and yet this hugely successful news gathering operation is going out...
  • Toby Keith Launches Expletive-Laced Tirade Against Ethan Hawke

    04/07/2009 1:43:32 PM PDT · by Big_Monkey · 37 replies · 1,966+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | 04/07/09 | Uncredited
    LAS VEGAS — Ethan Hawke might want to avoid crossing paths with Toby Keith in the near future. The country star lit into the actor for an article Hawke wrote in the new issue of Rolling Stone about Kris Kristofferson. In it, Hawke refers to a blowup Kristofferson had with an unnamed country star back in 2003 that sounds a lot like Toby Keith. But a furious Keith, speaking backstage at the Academy of Country Music Awards, said it wasn't true, and added that Hawke did not name him in the story because he did not want to face him...
  • Writer loses job over Wolverine

    04/07/2009 12:37:25 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 12 replies · 898+ views
    bbc ^ | 7 April 2009
    A US columnist is out of a job after posting an online review of an illegally downloaded copy of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Roger Friedman, who wrote the piece on his regular column, had worked at the Fox news website for 10 years.
  • A.P. Seeks to Rein in Sites Using Its Content

    04/07/2009 6:58:06 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 21 replies · 983+ views
    NYT ^ | April 7, 2009 | Richard Perez-Pena
    Taking aim at the way news is spread across the Internet, The Associated Press said on Monday that Web sites that used the work of news organizations must obtain permission and share revenue with them, and that it would take legal action against those that did not. A.P. executives said they were concerned about a variety of news forums around the Web, including major search engines like Google and Yahoo and aggregators like the Drudge Report that link to news articles, smaller sites that sometimes reproduce articles whole, and companies that sell packaged news feeds. They said they did not...
  • Senate Bill Would Allow Tax-Exempt Status for Newspapers

    03/24/2009 12:47:27 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 142 replies · 6,309+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | March 24, 2009 1:08 PM ET | Mark Fitzgerald
    CHICAGO Newspapers perform a public service for democracy and should be allowed to operate as tax-exempt non-profits, U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D.-Md., proposed Tuesday. Cardin introduced a bill that would explicitly include newspapers among organizations eligible for 501(c)(3) status. The non-profit status is the same that public radio and television have now. The legislation would give a national green light for newspapers to adopt the so-called Low Profit Limited Liability Company business model, often shortened to L3C. The L3C model, which the Newspaper Guild supports as an alternative newspaper ownership model, is the subject of a feature story in the...
  • Compilation of outrageous quotes from the liberal media

    03/23/2009 12:59:47 PM PDT · by Justaham · 4 replies · 637+ views
    www.mrc.org ^ | 3-23-09
    Slamming Rush as Villainous “Vat of Vitriol” “If you didn’t know better this past week, you’d think Rush Limbaugh was more important than the guys in Washington....Two facts are clear about this human vat of vitriol. He relishes the attention and he sells anger as a weapon....Limbaugh’s high-handed, melodramatic, off with their heads oratory reminds me of those over-the-top movie villains. You know, the ones who issue ludicrous commands to snuff out the good guys, like James Bond’s archnemesis who wanted the supremely confident Bond — gone.” — Chris Matthews on his syndicated The Chris Matthews Show, March 8. [Audio/video...
  • MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Pleads 'Guilty' to Barney Frank for Media Scrutiny of Obama Appointees

    03/11/2009 12:56:13 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 59 replies · 2,993+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 11, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    The Treasury Department oversees the Internal Revenue Service. But if the Secretary of the Treasury - or any other political appointee being considered for the Treasury Department - didn't pay his income payroll taxes, it doesn't matter. That's the message from House Banking Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and he blamed the fourth estate for acting like it does matter. On MSNBC's March 11 broadcast of "Andrea Mitchell Reports," host Andrea Mitchell asked Frank to respond to criticism in a March 11 piece from New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman that too many appointees were being held up for...
  • FLASHBACK: Bush Appointees Need To Follow The Law (2005)

    01/22/2009 12:52:57 PM PST · by rightinthemiddle · 6 replies · 769+ views
    thebostonchannel.com ^ | February 4, 2005 | Helen Thomas, Hearst White House columnist
    Chertoff, Gonzales, Abrams Have Baggage President George W. Bush has appointed three more officials with unsavory baggage from previous government roles. Let's hope they have learned something from their past misdeeds. One of the nominees -- Michael Chertoff -- is expected to be confirmed shortly as secretary of the Homeland Security Department, replacing Tom Ridge. Chertoff headed the Justice Department's criminal division in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. White House legal counsel Alberto R. Gonzales -- the replacement for John Ashcroft as attorney general -- did not get the usual pass accorded Cabinet appointees. The Senate vote on his...
  • Are Celebrities the New Monarchy?

    01/16/2009 7:01:09 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 52 replies · 783+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Friday, December 26, 2008 | By Daniel Greenfield
    They’re rich, they’re famous and they’re better than you are. Why? Because they’re famous, and that means they’re entitled to it. Meritocracy is the fundamental difference between a functional free nation and a society of elite classes that don’t work, don’t accomplish anything useful-- but nevertheless rule. Meritocracy insures a system where those who can do, do. Systems of entitlement insure that those who have no useful skills or abilities tell others what to do, or collect money from them. And that is what we truly mean when we say “Free Country”, not a country without laws, but a country...
  • Palin battles Anchorage Daily News over Trig Trutherism

    01/14/2009 11:05:20 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies · 2,459+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 1:22 pm on January 13, 2009 | Allahpundit
    An obligatory link on a day when she’s ripping “pathetic” smearmongering bloggers in the pages of Esquire and the Trig Truther-in-chief is poised to win Best Blog. She serves: [I]s your paper really still pursuing the sensational lie that I am not Trig’s mother? Is it true you have a reporter still bothering my state office, my very busy doctor (who’s already set the record straight for you), and the school district, in pursuit of your ridiculous conspiracy?…Come on Mr. Doyle and Mr. Dougherty, I so desperately want to have even a tiny bit of faith in the ADN. And...