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  • White House Reporters Wear the Scarlet Letter

    04/28/2009 4:59:15 AM PDT · by foutsc · 7 replies · 537+ views
    Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 28 April 09 | foutsc
    "Robert Gibbs gave White House reporters a "strong A" Friday for their work over the first 100 days of the new administration." -- Michael Calderone, Politico.comNote to press: Getting an 'A' from the White House means you're not doing your job. In other headlines:Bad students give high praise to easy teachersDirty players love blind referees Crooks give "strong A" to incompetent cops This should be a mark of shame for the self-appointed non-partisan watchdogs supposedly keeping government honest. Instead, they provide fawning coverage that would embarrass Mussolini. Gibbs' praise has branded White House reporters as the supplicant toadies they are....
  • Obama team hiring journalists fast as they can be laid off

    02/17/2009 5:49:16 AM PST · by slomark · 27 replies · 940+ views
    The newspaper business may be dying, but journalists’ careers are being reincarnated by the Obama administration. The latest is the Chicago Tribune’s Jill Zuckman. She’s hooking up with the administration as Director of Public Affairs at the Department of Transportation. Peter Gosselin, one of her coworkers at the Trib, recently hired on as chief speech writer for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Time Magazine’s Jim Carney is now Joe Biden’s communications director. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta is rumored to be in the running for Surgeon General. Many conservatives fear this intentional blurring of the lines between impartial journalism and partisan politics.
  • NY Honor Killer's Muslim Sympathy Site Yanked

    02/15/2009 4:18:29 AM PST · by Man50D · 21 replies · 1,468+ views ^ | February 14, 2009 | Marc Sheppard
    The website of a New York TV network whose aim is to improve American perceptions of Islam was shut down this morning, two days after its founder admitted to the beheading of his wife. And while that irony might bring a momentary smile, another attempt to conceal the facts behind an honor killing right here in America should stir nothing short of outrage. Muzzammil Hassan, CEO of Bridges TV, whose motto is "connecting people through understanding," apparently didn't think Thursday's honor killing -- and make no mistake about what this was -- at the station might somehow blur that message....
  • Who’s Undercutting Obama? (Drive-By Media/Obama Press Office Trouble?)

    01/29/2009 3:42:52 PM PST · by abb · 47 replies · 1,860+ views
    Columbia Journalism Review ^ | January 29, 2009 | David Cay Johnson
    It’s 3 p.m. and the phone in the White House press secretary’s office is ringing. It rings and rings and rings. Eventually, a recorded voice asks callers to leave a message—followed by a second voice saying the voicemail box is full. After a full week of such calls, a human being answers. But Ben Labolt immediately bristles when asked to spell his name, refuses to give his job title, and says he is going “off the record” until I stop him to explain that the reporter grants that privilege, not the other way around—a basic journalistic standard that Labolt seems...
  • The One Was Here!

    01/16/2009 5:06:52 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 21 replies · 868+ views
    compost ^ | 01/16/08 | By Howard Kurtz
    There hasn't been this much excitement in the Washington Post newsroom since Brad Pitt dropped by. Barack Obama, here for a meeting with Post editors and reporters, did what comes naturally for a politician: He worked the room. The whole room. The whole room of grizzled journalistic veterans, most of whom stood and, well, stared.
  • FBI: Illinois Governor Sought To "Sell" Obama's Senate Seat

    12/09/2008 5:41:19 PM PST · by XR7 · 17 replies · 1,059+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12/9/2008 | Brian Ross
    Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich wanted President-elect Barack Obama "to put something together&something big" in exchange for going along with Obama's choice to fill his vacant U.S. Senate seat, according to a FBI affidavit unsealed following the governor's stunning arrest. "I've got this thing and it's f***ing golden, and, uh, uh, I'm just not giving it up for f***in' nothing. I'm not gonna do it. And I can always use it. I can parachute me there," Blagojevich said in a phone call secretly recorded by the FBI on Nov. 5, the day after the election, according to the affidavit. Click here...
  • Journalists become targets in Mexico's drug war

    12/06/2008 6:39:41 PM PST · by BAW · 13 replies · 670+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune / AP ^ | December 6, 2008 | JULIE WATSON
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — As the photographer pulled his 2000 Ford Explorer into a soccer field, the crackle of his police scanner was broken by a lone accordion riff. The riff, a fragment of a "narcocorrido" glorifying drug smugglers, was an announcement that the death toll in Mexico's drug war – already above 4,000 this year – had just risen. Hector Dayer already knew that as he looked out at the seven bodies, bound, beaten and repeatedly shot. What he didn't know was whether yet another colleague was among the victims. Two weeks earlier, Dayer had photographed a friend –...
  • Police: Mumbai gunmen came by sea from Pakistan

    Print By RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM, Ramola Talwar Badam MUMBAI, India – The gunmen who attacked Mumbai set out by boat from the Pakistani port of Karachi, then later hijacked an Indian fishing trawler that carried them toward this financial capital on their suicide mission, a top police official said Tuesday. As evidence of the militants' links to Pakistan mounted, Mumbai police commissioner Hasan Ghafoor said ex-Pakistani army officers trained the group — some for up to 18 months — and denied reports the men had been planning to escape the city. "It appears that it was a suicide attack," Ghafoor...
  • Obama a Uniter? You be the judge! (FReep this Digg!!!)

    11/03/2008 11:37:40 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 12 replies · 448+ views
    Digg ^ | November 3, 2008
    FReep this Digg!!! (We need FReepers to FReep the Vote over at Buzz too! Any volunteers???) Post your own links exposing ObamaNation on Digg, Buzz, Reddit, etc. Saturate these boards. They're massive and they are crawling with independents and undecideds. And don't post them all in one category, like politics or elections. Finally, repost your links on FR to we can put a protective FReep around them :o) For examples of how to do this, see my history. Let's use our combined FReeperPower to FREEP THE VOTE!!!
  • Dallas Morning News taken off Barack Obama's plane

    11/02/2008 4:47:01 AM PST · by tenger · 34 replies · 1,676+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | November 1, 2008 | Ryan J. Rusak
    The buzz in political-media circles Friday was that reporters from The Dallas Morning News and two other newspapers had been kicked off Barack Obama's campaign plane because the papers endorsed John McCain. Not exactly. Our reporter, Todd J. Gillman, was told a few days ago that there's no space for him after today. We have protested, arguing that a paper of The News' size and stature should be on-board for the final stretch of a historic campaign.
  • Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights?

    10/23/2008 11:56:11 AM PDT · by Aria · 7 replies · 463+ views
    Meridian Magazine ^ | 10/23/08 | Orson Scott Card
    An open letter to the local daily paper — almost every local daily paper in America: I remember reading All the President's Men and thinking: That's journalism. You do what it takes to get the truth and you lay it before the public, because the public has a right to know. This housing crisis didn't come out of nowhere. It was not a vague emanation of the evil Bush administration. It was a direct result of the political decision, back in the late 1990s, to loosen the rules of lending so that home loans would be more accessible to poor...
  • Tired of Bias? Record Reporter's Off the Record Comments at Rallys!

    10/10/2008 9:34:02 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 11 replies · 1,916+ views
    10/10/08 | Reaganesque
    An earlier thread spoke of some disparaging comments overheard at a McCain/Palin rally from the media core that was covering it. Let's drive another nail into the coffin of the so-called "main stream media" and catch these comments on tape and present them here and on YouTube and lets name names, shall we?
  • Palin Speaks With Group Of Reporters

    10/07/2008 7:19:38 PM PDT · by John W · 3 replies · 883+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | October 7, 2008 | Beth Fouhy
    After weeks of limited contact with the news media, Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin ventured to the back of her campaign plane Tuesday and answered several questions from reporters. The Alaska governor discussed why she and the McCain campaign have made an issue of Democrat Barack Obama's relationship with 1960s-era radical Bill Ayers amid a market meltdown that has many voters fearing for their investments. Palin repeatedly has claimed during the past two days that Obama had launched his political career with help from Ayers, a founder of the violent Weather Underground group responsible for bombings during the Vietnam...
  • Piper Palin Gives Licorice to Reporters on Plane

    10/02/2008 10:36:36 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 90 replies · 4,728+ views
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | 10/2/2008 | Peter Hamby
    On the flight to St. Louis, Piper — made famous to the nation during the Republican National Convention when she styled her baby brother's hair with her saliva — wandered back to the rear of the campaign plane to distribute licorice to reporters.
  • Time Warner Summit: Politics 2008: The Media Conference for the Election of the President

    09/29/2008 8:58:51 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 9 replies · 827+ views
    E-mail I received
    I received this in my e-mail tonight. This must be the media event of the year! How will they get all of these egos into one room?? There's the Democratic Convention, the Republican Convention - and now there is the Time Warner Summit: Politics 2008: The Media Conference for the Election of the President. This two day conference will be held at the Time Warner Center in New York City, October 13-14, 20008. See the agenda below. Have you made your Plans to Attend? Come Face to Face with “The Thought Leaders in Media, Politics, Technology, Finance, Entertainment and Advertising.”...
  • Small-town residents boo media with McCain

    09/06/2008 7:01:07 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 99 replies · 558+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 5, 2008 | Joe Curl
    Hundreds of angry people in this small town outside Milwaukee taunted reporters and TV crews traveling with Sen. John McCain on Friday, chanting "Be fair!" and pointing fingers at a pack of journalists as they booed loudly...
  • Poll: 51 percent say reporters are trying to hurt Palin

    09/04/2008 11:13:56 AM PDT · by Always Right · 6 replies · 111+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Sept 4, 2008 |
    Over half of U.S. voters (51%) think reporters are trying to hurt Sarah Palin with their news coverage, and 24% say those stories make them more likely to vote for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in November. Thirty-nine percent (39%) also believe the GOP vice presidential nominee has better experience to be president of the United States than Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. But 49% give Obama the edge on experience, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey taken before Palin's historic speech Wednesday night to the Republican National Convention. While Republicans and Democrats predictably favor their party's...
  • Belief Growing That Reporters are Trying to Help Obama Win (Rasmussen: Declining trust of media)

    07/21/2008 6:15:33 AM PDT · by tlb · 66 replies · 172+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 21, 2008 | Rasmussen
    The belief that reporters are trying to help Barack Obama win the fall campaign has grown by five percentage points over the past month. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found that 49% of voters believe most reporters will try to help Obama with their coverage, up from 44% a month ago. Just 14% believe most reporters will try to help John McCain win, little changed from 13% a month ago. Just one voter in four (24%) believes that most reporters will try to offer unbiased coverage. A plurality of Democrats—37%-- say most reporters try to offer unbiased coverage of...
  • Disembedded: Marines Send War Photographer Marching Home

    07/17/2008 4:45:32 PM PDT · by abb · 41 replies · 192+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | July 17, 2008 | Daryl Lang
    A photographer who published pictures of dead U.S. Marines on his blog says his post led him to be ejected from his U.S. military embed in Iraq. Freelance photojournalist Zoriah says he does not believe he violated any of the rules of his embed agreement. But he says Marine commanders were so upset by his photos last month that they promptly arranged for a convoy to take him back to Baghdad. He decided to return home to the U.S. several days later. Speaking to PDN from Colorado this week, Zoriah (whose full name is Zoriah Miller but who uses only...
  • News Without Reporters

    03/24/2008 3:10:59 AM PDT · by shove_it · 115+ views
    pjmedia ^ | 3/23/2008 | Steve Boriss
    One of journalists’ recurring put-downs of bloggers is that they are simply recycling someone else’s news — that there will always be a need for reporters to produce it. Yet, America had a reporterless past and will likely have a reporterless future. And, news will be better for it. We have lost perspective on what a reporter actually is — a middleman. On one side are news events. On the other are audiences who want to know about them. A reporter’s job is to move “the truth” from Point A to Point B as accurately as possible...