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  • White House Admits Asking Media to Scrub Reports of Malia Obama's Mexican Vacation

    03/20/2012 7:37:25 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 182 replies · 2+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 20, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    After it was reported Monday that Malia Obama was going to Mexico for spring break with 25 Secret Service agents, people began to notice that such reports were being scrubbed from the Internet. Politico's Dylan Byers reported Tuesday this was done at the request of the White House: The AFP page for the story now links to a story titled "Senegal music star Youssou Ndour hits campaign trail," as does the Yahoo page. The Huffington Post page now links directly back to the Huffington Post homepage. The Daily Mail, Telegraph, and Australian stories now lead to 404 error pages,...
  • Ezra Klein: From 'Journolist' To Liberal Activist

    11/29/2011 12:37:07 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 28 Nov 2011 | Editorial
    Media Bias: In the early days of the Gulf War, pundits marveled at the specter of Iraqi troops surrendering to journalists. Well, now it's even worse: Journalists are giving the Democratic Party its talking points. The Washington Post's 27-year-old star blogger Ezra Klein has been called "whiz kid," and "brat packer" and a "wunderkind." Now he's actually advising Democratic chiefs of staff, briefing them last week about the supercommittee in Congress, according to a report by Fishbowl-DC on MediaBistro.com. That means the relatively novel idea that bloggers can be placed on an equal footing with reporters in congressional briefings has...
  • Shock Photos: Candidate Obama Appeared And Marched With New Black Panther Party in 2007

    10/03/2011 6:49:18 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 250 replies
    Big Government ^ | October 3rd | Andrew Breitbart
    New photographs obtained exclusively by BigGovernment.com reveal that Barack Obama appeared and marched with members of the New Black Panther Party as he campaigned for president in Selma, Alabama in March 2007. The photographs, captured from a Flickr photo-sharing account before it was scrubbed, are the latest evidence of the mainstream media’s failure to examine Obama’s extremist ties and radical roots.
  • Blocking the Path to 9/11 (Liberals at ABC don't want it released widely)

    09/07/2011 4:36:09 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 9 replies
    Heritage ^ | August 30th | Jessica Zuckerman
    The Path to 9/11 is a docudrama that closely depicts the events leading up to 9/11. Produced in 2006, the miniseries aired to epic ratings of over 28 million viewers and remains one of the most extensive films on the events leading to September 11. Yet The Path to 9/11 quickly led to a political battle. ... Despite defending the production—admitting the film is a docudrama, not a documentary—in the end, ABC edited several controversial scenes before its original airing. Amidst cries of freedom of expression, the channel then pulled the miniseries altogether, ensuring that the film was neither re-aired...
  • NYT Asks Readers to Help Dig Up 'Interesting and Newsworthy' Palin Emails (AKA Anti-Palin Dirt)

    06/09/2011 2:32:24 PM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 88 replies
    Times Watch ^ | A.D. 09 June 2011 | Clay Waters
    Early Thursday afternoon, Derek Willis posted on the paper’s "Caucus" blog a request surely enticing to the paper’s online liberal readership: "Help Us Investigate the Sarah Palin E-Mail Records." Ken Shepherd at NewsBusters says enlisting newspaper readers to pore through the email trove "indirectly amounts to free oppo research for the 2012 Obama campaign." On Friday, the State of Alaska will release more than 24,000 of Sarah Palin’s e-mails covering much of her tenure as governor of Alaska. Times reporters will be in Juneau, the state capital, to begin the process of reviewing the e-mails, which we will be posting...
  • Help Investigate the Palin Emails (Washington Post Recruits Palin-haters)

    06/09/2011 10:01:42 AM PDT · by kristinn · 116 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, June 9, 2011 | Ryan Kellett
    More than 24,000 e-mail messages sent to and from Sarah Palin during her tenure as Alaska's governor will be released Friday. Join The Post in digging through them. We are looking for 100 organized and dilligent readers who will work alongside Post reporters to analyze, contextualize, and research the emails. Think of it as spending some time in our newsroom. Our hope is that working together, we can efficiently find interesting information and extract new stories that will lead to further investigation. We don’t know what we’ll find, but we want you to be ready and open for the challenge....
  • CBS Decides Al and Tipper's Separation is the Fault of ... George W. Bush

    06/02/2010 2:52:06 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies · 1,554+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | June 1, 2010 | Brent Baker
    Is there anything a journalist cannot or will not twist to bring the topic back to how life would be so much better if only not for that awful George W. Bush? On Tuesday's CBS Evening News, with the help of the Washington Post's Sally Quinn, Sharyl Attkisson managed to blame news, that Al and Tipper Gore are separating, on how they never got over being denied the presidency despite winning the popular vote in 2000. If only Bush hadn't taken it from them. Attkisson recalled “it's been ten years since that oddly public passionate kiss at the Democratic...
  • Newspapers say reduced publishing is working

    06/02/2010 3:10:42 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 7 replies · 314+ views
    ABC News 12 Michigan ^ | June 1st | Autumn Perry
    A year ago today, print journalism in Mid-Michigan changed drastically. The Flint Journal, Saginaw News and the Bay City Times started printing three days a week instead of seven. The papers have since added one more day, but some longtime readers want more. There is always one constant with change: some simply don't like it. "I'm kinda old school," said one man. The three newspapers shifted their focus to online content when deciding to reduce printing days. Colette Weier is a Flint Journal reader. "I remember having the Flint Journal since I was able to read. It's always been a...
  • How Will Conservative Bloggers Attack MSM Once the Networks Start Hiring Them? ( self serving SOBs )

    03/16/2010 3:03:02 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies · 367+ views
    Newsweak ^ | March 16th | Eve Conant
    Prominent Redstate.com commentator Erick Erickson will join CNN, the network announced Tuesday, welcoming the "self-described ‘obsessive news junkie' " to their team. ........ The Gaggle and NEWSWEEK have been covering Erickson's work over the past few years with his steady rise to prominence in the blogosphere, and now beyond. It will be interesting to see how and if he'll attack the MSM—the mainstream media—now that he's officially joining it.
  • Did ABC Stage Report on Toyota Acceleration?

    03/12/2010 6:03:29 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 67 replies · 1,581+ views
    WTAQ 1360 AM ^ | March 9th | Jerry Bader
    According to Toyota, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, ABC's report on potential acceleration problems shows the tachometer at 6,000 RPM when evidence of the vehicle shows it is in park. ABC has replaced the video (never a good sign). Further, this story involves a manipulation of the electronics in question. Toyota's counter offensive came on the same day an out of control Prius was stopped with help from police on a San Diego freeway. Whether or not Toyota product has rapid acceleration problems is becoming the "Elvis sightings" equivalent of the automotive industry. As such, it could be...
  • NY Times investigating plagiarism allegations

    02/16/2010 1:35:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 410+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/16/10 | AP
    NEW YORK – The New York Times is looking into the work of one its reporters following accusations that he plagiarized from The Wall Street Journal and other sources. The paper published an editor's note online Sunday and in papers Monday that said reporter Zachery Kouwe "appears to have improperly appropriated wording and passages published by other news organizations." The Times said Journal editors pointed out similarities between a Journal story from Feb. 5 and Times pieces later that day and on Feb. 6. The Times said a search found other similar examples taken from media outlets like Reuters and...
  • Tracking Left wing funding of NPR

    01/02/2010 5:41:39 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 40 replies · 3,045+ views
    As you start to read all this, you'll laugh at how incestuous it all gets. Let's start with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which as I've noted in the past is tied in with the Soros foundation. Together, the two worked on something called The Project on Death in America.(PDIA) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2341083/posts And speaking of Mr Soros, he himself(his foundations) have given directly to NPR. Compared to some of the other numbers I'm seeing, it's a small amount of $250,000. But it doesn't matter. Soros money is soros money in my book. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2396058/posts Additional information about RWJF can be found here....
  • Wal-Mart attacks new markets with big price cuts ( Journos declare war )

    10/19/2009 2:40:54 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 40 replies · 2,390+ views
    Al Reuters ^ | October 17th | Nicole Maestri
    (HITPIECE ALERT) http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE59F5GX20091017SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is taking its ferocious price cutting into new markets as the economy shows hints of recovery.
  • OPERATION Can You Hear Us Now - Targets Big Media!!! Save the date - 10/17/09

    09/15/2009 7:18:27 AM PDT · by Ibleedred · 94 replies · 6,284+ views
    Website - OperationCanYouHearUsNow.com ^ | September 15th, 2009 | Webmaster
    Obviously, the "main stream" media are hard of hearing and seeing. About 2 million mad-as-hell taxpayers assembling in Washington, D.C. for the largest-ever (most well-behaved ever, most respectful ever) protest did not make it onto their radar screens (or our TV screens). They need our help. Maybe we cannot repeat an assembly of 2 million mad-as-hell taxpaying patriots in one place, but surely those who longed to go and couldn't would love to be a part of Operation "Can You Hear Us Now?" I'll bet for every one patriot who went to D.C. there are 10-20 more who wished they...
  • Fox News' Glenn Beck's right-wing rants go way too far, critics charge

    09/13/2009 3:53:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 222 replies · 5,987+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | September 13, 2009 | David Saltonstall
    Glenn Beck, the hottest right-wing voice on the air, worried aloud to his listeners the other day that powerful, sinister forces trying to destroy America might soon "shoot me in the head." But there's fear among his critics, including calmer conservatives, that the victim more likely will be one of Beck's many broadcast targets. After a summer of mob anger at town hall meetings on health care - some of which featured gun-toting protesters - and a burst of Beck-fanned hysteria over President Obama's back-to-school speech last week, the former top 40 deejay has emerged as a goofy dark...
  • The media strikes (out) again on Van Jones resignation

    09/06/2009 2:15:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies · 1,664+ views
    Hotair ^ | 9/6/2009 | Ed Morrissey
    If people relied on the mainstream media, especially print media, to keep up to date on the government, then they must have quite a shock this morning with the resignation of Van Jones. For instance, the New York Times makes its first mention of the Jones controversy this morning — by reporting his resignation: "In a victory for Republicans and the Obama administration’s conservative critics, Van Jones resigned as the White House’s environmental jobs “czar” on Saturday. Controversy over Mr. Jones’s past comments and affiliations has slowly escalated over several weeks, erupting on Friday with calls for his resignation." Did...
  • Whole Foods drawn into health care debate ( Hitpiece alert )

    08/22/2009 2:23:21 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 29 replies · 1,214+ views
    The Statesman ^ | August 15th | Brian Gaar
    An online backlash is building against Whole Foods Market Inc. chief executive John Mackey, thanks to his op-ed column in The Wall Street Journal knocking President Barack Obama's proposed health care bill.
  • Obama Adds another “News” Network to his Stable -- "A substantive sign of tyranny"

    06/17/2009 6:13:01 PM PDT · by GVnana · 41 replies · 1,463+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 6/17/2009 | Sher Zieve
    Reminiscent of Orwell’s book 1984, soon all television broadcasts may carry Dictator in Chief Barack Hussein Obama and his message all of the time. Joining NBC (the New Barack Channel), ABC (the All Barack Channel) will now begin broadcasting from the White House. We assume CBS (perhaps the Central Barack Station?) will follow its betters soon and announce that it too will officially become an Obama mouthpiece. By the way, no opposing viewpoints will be carried or allowed. ABC also plans to run a free-to-Obama campaign promoting the dictator’s healthcare plan. Does anyone at all remember the name Hugo Chavez?...
  • A TV movie on the Monica Lewinsky scandal ( What about newsweek? )

    05/01/2009 2:53:05 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 5 replies · 703+ views
    LA Slimes ^ | March 29th | Andrew Malcolm and Johanna Neuman
    Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles -- Just when you thought it was safe to deep-six that needlessly salacious Ken Starr report and offer your Clinton-era black beret to the Salvation Army, word comes that Hollywood is resurrecting the so-last-century Monica Lewinsky scandal in a movie. "The Special Relationship," an HBO special, is actually about the frustrated efforts of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to form a working relationship with President Clinton, who seemed increasingly distracted by the fallout from the scandal. For those who have blissfully forgotten what all that fuss was about, Clinton was accused of having...
  • Study: How newspapers have shifted public opinion toward gay marriage

    04/22/2009 3:12:19 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 48 replies · 1,576+ views
    On the media ^ | April 10th | Bob Garfield
    Two states have legalized same-sex marriage in the past two weeks, but when it comes to public opinion, supporters of gay marriage are still a minority. That minority is on an upward trajectory though and Scott Barclay, political scientist at the State University of New York at Albany, explains why: newspapers. In the last two weeks, two states have legalized same-sex marriage. First, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a law banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Then Vermont became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through its legislature. When it comes to public opinion, supporters of gay marriage are...
  • MSNBC’s O’Donnell and Politico’s VandeHei Praise Obama the ‘Rock Star’

    04/02/2009 8:23:32 PM PDT · by 50mm · 12 replies · 718+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | April 2, 2009 | Kyle Drennen
    At the top of the 3:00PM EST hour of live coverage on MSNBC, anchor Norah O’Donnell and Politico executive editor Jim VandeHei were practically tripping over themselves declaring Barack Obama the "rock star" of Europe in the wake of the G-20 summit. O’Donnell began by asking: "Can we gauge this meeting as a success?" VandeHei replied: "I think early indications are it probably was a big success...I think they'll hail that as a big success. I think the fact that he's just been greeted like such a hero overseas...and I think that that press conference will probably get a pretty...
  • ONE RED CENT ABC Radio Owner Finishes Trading At One Penny

    03/05/2009 4:26:37 PM PST · by dynachrome · 9 replies · 753+ views
    radioequalizer.blogspot.com ^ | 3-5-09 | Radio Equalizer
    Even for the most jaded industry professionals, it's stunning to believe shares of one of the nation's largest radio station owners might trade for a single penny. And yet that's exactly what has happened to ABC Radio owner Citadel Communications, a once-proud group operator destroyed by massive debt, epic mismanagement and a liberal political ideology often at odds with the company's still-successful and profitable conservative talk radio programming. Booted off of the New York Stock Exchange after it failed to make a convincing case for its future viability, Citadel will cease trading there tomorrow, moving to the illiquid and sometimes...
  • Idea of non-profit newspapers floated

    03/01/2009 7:24:10 PM PST · by Loyalist · 42 replies · 900+ views
    Halifax Chronicle-Herald ^ | March 1, 2009 | John Christofferson/Associated Press
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — As sharp revenue reductions put the future of many U.S. newspapers in doubt, one idea gaining attention is the conversion of newspapers into tax-exempt non-profits supported by large endowments. Although viewed by many as a long shot at best, such a radical change could be a saviour for the industry and its vital role in a democracy. That's why the endowment model is drawing renewed attention as newspapers impose massive layoffs, scale back home delivery and make other drastic cuts to counter plunging advertising revenue amid a recession that has compounded struggles from the migration of...
  • Under Weight of Its Mistakes, Newspaper Industry Staggers

    03/01/2009 6:06:43 AM PST · by Zakeet · 74 replies · 2,306+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 1, 2009 | Howard Kurtz
    Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper recalls getting "a feeling in the pit of my stomach" when he learned that the Rocky Mountain News was shutting down. "Even when they were uncovering corruption in the city, even when they were embarrassing us or causing us discomfort, they were making the city better," he says. "It's a huge loss." The grim echoes of the nearly 150-year-old paper's demise Friday could be heard in newsrooms and communities across the country. Although the Denver Post will still cover Hickenlooper's region, some cities -- most notably San Francisco -- are facing the prospect of life...
  • SF Chronicle May Fold

    02/25/2009 12:36:33 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 24 replies · 912+ views
    Power Line ^ | February 24th | John
    The collapse of the newspaper industry continues apace; now it's the San Francisco Chronicle that is likely to be sold or even closed down in a matter of months. This follows Sunday's bankruptcy filing by the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, just two and a half years after investors paid more than $500 million for the company. We've known for a while that the newspaper industry is in desperate trouble, but it didn't occur to us until recently that it may be a leading indicator.
  • Inquirer, Daily News Parent Files for Bankruptcy

    02/23/2009 3:24:04 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 10 replies · 843+ views
    msnbc ^ | 22 Feb 09 | Vince Lattanzio
    Philadelphia Newspapers L.L.C., the parent company of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com, has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection Sunday. The company says it is looking to restructure $390 million in debt and decided to pursue Bankruptcy Court following 11 months of negotiations with lenders. “This restructuring is focused solely on our debt, not our operations,” chief executive Brian Tierney told Philly.com. He said the filing would not affect the media company’s daily operations. Newspaper Guild president Dan Gross notified members about the filing in a letter. He asked members to stay calm and to still...
  • Philly Newspapers' Owner Files for Bankruptcy

    02/23/2009 2:25:26 AM PST · by Scanian · 5 replies · 367+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | February 23, 2009 | The Associated Press
    PHILADELPHIA — The owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday in an effort to restructure its debt load. Philadelphia Newspapers Inc., owned by Philadelphia Media Holdings LLC, is the second newspaper company in two days, and fourth in recent months, to seek bankruptcy protection. "This restructuring is focused solely on our debt, not our operations," chief executive officer Brian P. Tierney said in a statement. "Our operations are sound and profitable." The filing Sunday indicated the company has between $100 million and $500 million in assets and liabilities in the same...
  • New York Times’ Share Price Less Than Sunday Newspaper Price

    02/18/2009 2:07:58 PM PST · by tom h · 21 replies · 1,975+ views
    Crossing Wall Street ^ | February 17, 2009 | edelfenbein
    Check out this very ugly chart: Shares of NYT (NYT) dropped 29 cents today to close at $3.77. The Sunday paper goes for $4 at the newsstand. Maybe they could save costs by printing the paper on their stock certificates.
  • Fallen oil prices a chink in Sarah Palin's armor ( attack alert )

    02/18/2009 7:32:25 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 38 replies · 1,293+ views
    AP Obama ^ | February 17th | Rachel D'Oro
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's first two years in office have been called a time of milk and honey, when the resource-rich state was flush with wealth from record oil prices. The second half of her term isn't looking so rosy as Palin faces her first major financial challenge as governor. The rapid decline of oil prices has left the state in a looming budget crisis and a late-entrant in the national recession. And that could have political repercussions for the former Republican vice presidential hopeful, who has signaled an interest in a 2012 presidential run but...
  • Mainstream Media Becomes Pure Propaganda, Is Bias, Dishonest

    02/02/2009 10:28:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies · 1,868+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | February 2, 2009 | Herb Denenberg
    The news is no longer news. It’s propaganda. It’s cheerleading for the new administration. It’s bull-roar. It’s false, fraudulent and biased. I’m talking about the major purveyors of news, the so-called mainstream media. I’m talking about The New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Washington Post, ABC, CBS, MSNC, NBC, CNN, NPR, PBS, Time, Newsweek and all the rest. The mainstream media has descended to the level of Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s propaganda minister and Pravda, best known as the propaganda organ of the Communist Party. But this development in the mainstream media has critically important implications not only for...
  • Palin hiring freeze raises questions

    01/26/2009 8:51:40 AM PST · by DallasBiff · 44 replies · 1,730+ views
    Juneau Empire ^ | 1/25/08 | Pat Forgey
    A plan by Gov. Sarah Palin to save money by imposing a state employee hiring freeze is raising questions, but lawmakers are doing little to stop it. Palin made the surprise announcement in her State of the State speech Thursday, but offered few details at the time. Questions also abound about how many job openings will be affected, with two officials in Palin's administration providing conflicting numbers, and also if the state does in fact have a deficit as advertised.
  • AP confirms Hamas terrorists fired from UN school

    01/20/2009 4:03:04 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 8 replies · 989+ views
    APobama/UKGuardian ^ | January 7th | Meryl Yourish
    The AP buried the information after the fifth paragraph, where it would not get picked up by tomorrow’s World News sections in your local newspaper, but they have independent confirmation that Hamas terrorists were firing from the UN school that got hit by Israeli tank fire yesterday. Israel’s military said its shelling at the school - the deadliest single episode since Israeli ground forces invaded Gaza on Saturday after a week of air bombardment - was a response to mortar fire from within the school and said Hamas militants were using civilians as cover. Two residents of the area who...
  • Free press, with profits (Drive-By Bailout - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/19/2009 7:27:16 AM PST · by abb · 44 replies · 657+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 19, 2009 | Geneva Overholser and Geoffrey Cowan
    Newspapers are for sale across the country. National Public Radio and television news shows are laying off staff. The Tribune Co. (which owns this and other newspapers) is in bankruptcy. It's clear that journalism is in crisis, and in the current recession, things are likely to get much worse. That's alarming. A robust press is vital to our democracy. And while bloggers and other new-media news operations have enriched the public dialogue in important ways, their work still depends on the painstaking -- and expensive -- reporting supplied by traditional journalists. Some conclude from the recent dire reports about the...
  • Why bother reporting something you disagree with?

    01/16/2009 5:51:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies · 755+ views
    Cleveland Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 15 January, 2009 | Daniel White
    Daniel White graduated from the University of Hartford majoring in Criminal Justice with minors in Sociology and English. He currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of Ohioans For Concealed Carry and is a NRA Training Counselor. Why bother reporting something you disagree with? Earlier this week, I wrote an article for the OFCC website about a Morning Journal story covering the "Take Back Elyria" event held this past Sunday. In it, I wondered about the lack of mention of the right to use firearms for self defense when the whole point of the event was described as "dedicated to teaching residents how...
  • Friday is the bid deadline for Rocky Mountain News (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/15/2009 2:32:14 PM PST · by abb · 29 replies · 632+ views
    Denver Post ^ | January 15, 2009 | Steve Raabe
    Rocky Mountain News owner E.W. Scripps Co. said Wednesday it will accept bids for the struggling newspaper through the close of business Friday. Scripps then will review any offers "as quickly as possible, but there's no specific timetable for completing that process," spokesman Tim King said. Wednesday's announcement, made among increasing speculation about the future of the News, marks the first time that Scripps has set a specific deadline for dealing with the 150-year-old newspaper. The Cincinnati-based media company had said last month that it would try to sell the News through mid-January, at which time it would explore other...
  • The newspaper demise is accelerating; the market must respond (Dinosaur Media Deathwatch)

    01/14/2009 2:33:33 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 26 replies · 863+ views
    General Cronkite School for Journalism ^ | January 13th | Tim McGuire
    The progression of bad newspaper news is not surprising, but the lack of concern is mystifying and frightening. Hirschhorn wrote this: The collapse of daily print journalism will mean many things……. And it will seriously damage the press’s ability to serve as a bulwark of democracy.” Ya think? Hirschhorn tossed off in one dismissive sentence one of the most crucial potential developments for journalism and democracy since the First Amendment. I think brass bands are required to force a focus on the democratic implications of what’s happening. Despite the general lack of debate and concern about the subject, I was...
  • No Bailout for the Media

    01/12/2009 9:09:11 AM PST · by Victory111 · 4 replies · 325+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 1-12-09 | Floyd and Mary Beth Brown
    Connecticut is considering a bailout for local papers. But government assistance always comes with a catch. In the case of government aid of newspapers, it will destroy the ability of those papers to function as watchdogs. As journalism professor Paul Janensch told Reuters, “You can’t expect a watchdog to bite the hand that feeds it.” That’s why the news out of Connecticut is very disturbing. Two small-town papers have been in danger of being shut down because of decreasing revenue and poor management decisions. Journal Register Corp. recently had to sell the two papers, The Bristol Press and The (New...
  • Gray Lady—Gone By May?

    01/08/2009 8:26:10 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 57 replies · 1,360+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Virtually all the predictions about the death of old media have assumed a comfortingly long time frame for the end of print . . . But what if the old media dies much more quickly? What if a hurricane comes along and obliterates the dunes entirely? Specifically, what if The New York Times goes out of business—like, this May? It’s certainly plausible. -- End Times, by Michael Hirschorn, The Atlantic, January/February 2009 [emphasis added] The prospect of the disappearance of the New York Times within a matter of months will bring wildly varying reactions in different quarters. Those gleefully anticipating...
  • NBC BANS COULTER FOR LIFE; CUT FROM 'TODAY' SHOW OVER BOOK'S CLAIMS, NO MORE CABLE

    01/05/2009 2:15:42 PM PST · by kcvl · 440 replies · 24,351+ views
    <p>The nation's top selling conservative author has been banned from appear on NBC, insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT, banned for life! MORE...</p>
  • Who's Gonna Stop Him? ( Is burris pure and clean? )

    01/05/2009 9:26:35 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies · 470+ views
    Slate ^ | December 31st | Edward McClelland
    Edward McClelland: Burris hasn't been accused of violating any standard of ethical conduct. It's guilt by association with Blagojevich. If Blagojevich is smart, he'll disappear and let this become about Roland Burris, a 71-year-old with an honest record as a public servant, the son of a railroad worker who grew up in a small town in central Illinois, and got started in politics by integrating the public pool. It's tough to be against a senator like that.
  • The Print Media Are Doomed (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/01/2009 5:32:31 AM PST · by abb · 37 replies · 1,479+ views
    Business Week ^ | January 1, 2008 | Jeff Jarvis and Chris Tolles
    Surpassed in convenience and economy by online content, printed magazines and newspapers will dry up in the next decade. Pro or con? snip Pro: Disappearing Ink by Jeff Jarvis, Buzzmachine.com Whether or not print dies, its business model will. Physical wares—newspapers, books, magazines, discs—will no longer be the primary or most profitable means of delivering and interacting with media: news, fact, entertainment, or education. snip Con: The Power of Print by Chris Tolles, Topix Given that I run an online-only news site here in Silicon Valley, you’d think I’d be arguing that print is already dead. But the technology business...
  • Newspaper share value fell $64B in '08 [avg -83%; 8 of 14 fell by 90%/more]

    01/01/2009 6:09:48 AM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 5 replies · 366+ views
    Reflections of a Newsosaur ^ | Thursday, January 01, 2009 | Alan Mutter
    In the worst year in history for publishers, newspaper shares dropped an average of 83.3% in 2008, wiping out $64.5 billion in market value in just 12 months. Although things were tough for all sorts of businesses in the face of the worst economic slump since the 1930s, the decline among the newspaper shares last year was more than twice as deep as the 38.5% drop suffered by the Standard and Poor’s average of 500 stocks. The debacle was widespread and thoroughgoing, as detailed below. Here are some highlights from the data: :: The shares of eight of the 14...
  • Democrat Bailout of Dying Liberal Print Media?

    01/01/2009 7:28:06 AM PST · by Sudetenland · 10 replies · 411+ views
    houston conservative ^ | 1/01/2009 | Will Malven
    File this one under the "I should've seen this coming" category; Connecticut State Representative Frank Nicastro (D-Bristol/Forestville) is petitioning the Connecticut state government to bailout his local newspapers, the Bristol Press and the New Britain Herald. This is the first such effort and it is strictly a local effort by Representative Nicastro and some of his fellow state legislators, but I predict that it won't be the last. With all of the large Liberal newspapers now struggling to survive due to dire reductions in revenue and readership, watch for a push from Democrats in Congress to follow suit.
  • Government aid could save U.S. newspapers, spark debate

    01/01/2009 7:36:57 AM PST · by RangerM · 14 replies · 654+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/31/08 | Robert MacMillan
    Connecticut lawmaker Frank Nicastro sees saving the local newspaper as his duty. But others think he and his colleagues are setting a worrisome precedent for government involvement in the U.S. press. Nicastro represents Connecticut's 79th assembly district, which includes Bristol, a city of about 61,000 people outside Hartford, the state capital. Its paper, The Bristol Press, may fold within days, along with The Herald in nearby New Britain. That is because publisher Journal Register, in danger of being crushed under hundreds of millions of dollars of debt, says it cannot afford to keep them open anymore. Nicastro and fellow legislators...
  • Giving New Meaning to "Offical Government Newspaper"

    01/01/2009 7:49:40 AM PST · by moneyrunner · 7 replies · 399+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 1/1/2009 | Moneyrunner
    mere month ago this idea was a joke. The joke could be on us. Government aid could save U.S. newspapers, spark debate NEW YORK (Reuters) - Connecticut lawmaker Frank Nicastro sees saving the local newspaper as his duty. But others think he and his colleagues are setting a worrisome precedent for government involvement in the U.S. press. Nicastro represents Connecticut's 79th assembly district, which includes Bristol, a city of about 61,000 people outside Hartford, the state capital. Its paper, The Bristol Press, may fold within days, along with The Herald in nearby New Britain. That is because publisher Journal Register,...
  • 'Magic Negro' flap might help Saltsman bid ( Conservative opportunity alert! )

    12/30/2008 3:43:16 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 18 replies · 1,114+ views
    Mlive ^ | December 30th
    The media created controversy surrounding a comedy CD distributed by Republican National Committee chair candidate Chip Saltsman has not torpedoed his bid and might have inadvertently helped it. Four days after news broke that the former Tennessee GOP chairman had sent a CD that included a song titled “Barack the Magic Negro” to the RNC members he is courting, some of those officials are rallying around the embattled Saltsman, with a few questioning whether the national media and his opponents are piling on. “When I heard about the story I had to figure out what was going on for myself,”...
  • Media Deathwatch: Arrogant Reporter Vanquished By Bloggers Bleats into Obscurity

    12/28/2008 2:43:33 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 18 replies · 1,036+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | December 28, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    The MSM newspapers are going into the crapper and it is all the fault of idiot bloggers (you know, those guys who sit around in their pajamas writing all day). The problem is that printing a hard copy of a publication packed with solid, interesting reporting isn't a guarantee of economic success in the age of instant news. Blogger Glenn Reynolds of "Instapundit" fame seems to be pleased at this. In his book, "An Army of Davids," Mr. Reynolds heralds an era in which "[m]illions of Americans who were in awe of the punditocracy now realize that anyone can do...
  • The End of Brand Advertising [Liberal media's demise]

    12/28/2008 8:13:30 AM PST · by nwrep · 27 replies · 1,096+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | December 28, 2008 | Alex Rampell
    The internet has witnessed the conversion of analog advertising dollars into digital advertising pennies (credit due to Jeff Zucker at NBC (GE) for “coining” that metaphor). Despite the fact that a viewer is always just a “click away” on the internet, online advertisements command only a fraction of the cost of far less measurable media – like print, radio, and television. Consider this: an advertisement on MySpace (NWS) might cost $.25 to show to 1,000 people ($.25 CPM), versus $25 for 1,000 readers of Time (TWX) magazine ($25 CPM). In the good old days of performance-less advertising, engagement didn’t really...
  • Twilight of the Clods: McClatchy VP Goes Berserk

    12/26/2008 5:18:16 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies · 1,562+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | December 26, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    The McClatchy publishing company is more and more beginning to resemble an isolated bunker in the final stages of Götterdämmerung as ugly reality, such as their 99% stock price plunge, closes in on both fronts. Inside the bunker a leader is screaming madly, conjuring up phantom armies to ward off the unpleasant facts facing his company. However, in this case their ranting leader in the bunker isn't McClatchy CEO Gary Pruitt who is probably already quietly contemplating his permanent exile with his surfboard off the coast of Satellite Beach but Howard Weaver (photo), the outgoing VP of News at that...
  • NY Times: Nov. Was So Terrible, Even Our Internet Ads Were Down (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/24/2008 6:12:18 AM PST · by abb · 62 replies · 2,060+ views
    Earlier this month, executives at the New York Times (NYT) warned investors that they had a miserable November. They weren’t kidding. The grim details are here, but I’ll save you some time: * Revenue was down 13.9%, an acceleration from October’s 9.4% drop. * Ad revenue was down 20.9%, an acceleration from October’s 16.2% drop. * The really awful news: Internet ad revenue and overall Internet revenue actually declined in November, down 3.8% and 2.6%, respectively. In the good old days of 2007, the Times could at least say that while print revenue growth was slowing to a halt, Internet...