All you have to do is pick it up and it is yours. There it is, just staring at you. You are a global climate scientist or economist and the American Enterprise Institute, "an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration"
wants you to lend them some of your legitimacy, for which they will pay you ten grand.
posted by publius
on Feb 3, 2007 -
Time magazine recently launched a new politics blog, Swampland
. The blog is, to this point, most interesting for its confrontations between the commenters and the bloggers. [m.i.]
posted by ibmcginty
on Jan 26, 2007 -
Remember when folks were "up-in-arms" after learning that the Bush administration paid
prominent political commentator Armstrong Williams
$240,000 to promote 'No Child Left Behind' legislation? It turns out that a handful of liberal bloggers pulled in some decent cash
this past year from various political campaigns as consultants, while maintaining their "independent" blogs. Case in point: Jerome Armstrong
) made $115,000+ from Sherrod Brown (over 15 months) and $65,000 from Mark Warner (over 12 months). Turns out Armstrong admitted
this week that he has been writing on his blog under various aliases -- including 'Scott Shields.' 'Shields' received payments
from the Robert Menendez campaign.
posted by ericb
on Dec 8, 2006 -
What can two nerds from Chicago do about the crisis in Darfur?
Donor fatigue means the marginal value of each life has effectively dropped to zero. Kill 5 people, kill 500, kill 500,000 - it makes no difference - each added fatality has absolutely no policy impact and won’t change the situation one iota. It’s not that as many as 500,000 (essentially an entire Seattle) have died in Darfur. The horrific thing is that they could kill another 500,000 and nobody will bat an eyelash.
posted by notsnot
on Dec 5, 2006 -
The Harvard University Worklife Wizard
, created by an international team of journalists, economists, and statisticians, is Barbara Ehrenreich's wet dream. It's also a fantastic resource that has flown pretty much under everyone's radar. The Worklife Survey
drives the constantly-revised, constantly-refined Salary Comparison Tool
, which is always hungry for more data about employment from around the world. And when they say they want data from everyone, they mean it-- there's even a VIP Salary Checker that pits the wages of the Yankees against those of the Red Sox
. (Plus if you take the survey, you can apparently earn a chance to win a trip to South Africa). Personally, I love the Workplace Horror Stories
(and there's a competition there too). I can't look at a nail clipper the same way now.
posted by yellowcandy
on Nov 20, 2006 -
The Democrats' Sonny Bono?
When George Bush used the 1970s Orleans
hit, Still the One
, as a campaign song in 2004, John Hall
issued Bush a cease and desist order
for using his song without permission. A founder of the antinuclear group, Musicians United for Safe Energy
(best known for the 1979 concert film, No Nukes
), Hall decided to run for Congress
in upstate New York, winning upset victories this year in both the Democratic primary
and the general election
against GOP incumbent, Sue Kelly
. Before his Congressional victory, Editor & Publisher posted From Soundchecks to Soundbites
, an interesting discussion with Hall about music journalism vs. political journalism.
posted by jonp72
on Nov 10, 2006 -
cancers are so bad that I think I've arrived at the end
of the road. What a pity. I would like to live
not only because I love life so much, but because I'd like to see the result of the trial
. I do think I will be found guilty
posted by felix betachat
on Sep 15, 2006 -
Chiquita Secrets Revealed
- On May 3, 1998, the Cincinnati Enquirer
published a series of investigative articles on Chiquita's business practices in South America, all in its own pullout section. The stories claimed the company sprayed workers in the field with pesticides and destroyed a village to stop union activity, among other offenses. A few weeks later, the Enquirer ran a huge apology
on its front page for three days, and paid the company $10 million, because a reporter illegally accessed Chiquita voicemail in the course of his work. The renouncement became more of a story than the original articles
, but one question remains: are the stories true?
To this day, the Enquirer refuses to give a straight answer.
posted by brett
on Sep 7, 2006 -
The Great War:
"People at the time experienced it differently. We may think they were misinformed and deluded, and perhaps they were, or maybe we have become incredibly cynical and mistrusting. What were once considered to be civic virtues are now thought to be quaint anachronisms at best or grand delusions at worst. Things change." The site proffers an incredible variety of popular-press articles and imagery concerning the unfortunate European events of 1914 to 1918.
posted by mwhybark
on Sep 1, 2006 -
There have been lots of complaints in the US about reporters not asking the tough questions, especially when they contradict the prevailing view, or the current administration's view. Here are some reporters who won't accept a weasel answer.
posted by caddis
on Aug 5, 2006 -
Charlotte Observer photographer Patrick Schneider has been fired.
After a 2003 incident
in which the North Carolina Press Association stripped him of his awards for three pictures (before and after can be seen here
) the Observer has fired Schneider over the alteration of this
image. The question remains among photojournalists: is it unethical
to alter a photo in such a way that it more closely resembles what the eye saw and the camera is unable to capture, or is this a deceptive practice that damages the public's trust?
posted by TheGoldenOne
on Jul 28, 2006 -
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) is pumping out a pile of podcasts
that have covered the importance of offensive comics to Art Spiegelman
, 600 bands over 54 shows
, Captain America versus the American government
, Amy Sedaris and geekdom
, the journey of young immigrants
, French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut and Harper's publisher John MacArthur discussing Europe and America perspectives since 9/11
, the after life
, sex with monkeys
, what radio producers do
, the french word "corps"
, Bonnie Fuller's "The Joys of Much Too Much: Go For the Big Life — The Great Career, The Perfect Guy, and Everything Else You've Ever Wanted (Even If You're Afraid You Don't Have What It Takes)"
, Veteran Washington reporter Helen Thomas
and some other bits & bobs [Breakdown inside]
posted by boost ventilator
on Jun 5, 2006 -
Tony Snow On President Bush: ‘An Embarrassment,’
It seems clear now that we will have Snow In Late April
as the Bush appointment to be the new press spokesman. Snow comes to the lawn of the White House all the way from Fox News, where he represented their view of Fair and balanced. So balanced in fact that he said things such as this: "“No president has looked this impotent this long when it comes to defending presidential powers and prerogatives.” [9/30/05]. But that was then and this is now and so can we assume that suddenly Bush will be seen as a masterful leader of his nation?
posted by Postroad
on Apr 25, 2006 -
Media critic Jay Rosen rises above the McClellan/"shake-up" foofaraw to put several pieces of the puzzle together and show how the Bush administration has significantly altered the long-standing relationship of the press to the White House. (More from Rosen here
.) Another piece that fits: Donald Rumsfeld's bold, frequent, and rarely-challenged assertions
that the American press is being expertly "manipulated" by Al Qaeda "media committees"
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
posted by digaman
on Apr 20, 2006 -
The big payback in Iraq.
Last night on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, ROBERT LICHTER, President, Center for Media and Public Affairs put forth the following: You know, Charlie Peter, a great Washington journalist, once said, "The message of Watergate was dig, dig, dig, but journalists thought the message was act tough." And so I think you're getting negative coverage that may be kind of compensatory criticism.
Should the news focus more on the optimistic elements
or is it reflecting public opinion
. Is "compensatory criticism" justified for what it might wrongly perceive as possible White House manipulation during the run up to the war?
posted by Skygazer
on Mar 23, 2006 -
We don't not make deals with terrorists.
Yesterday, the Guardian reported
: "Kidnappers threatened to kill the abducted US journalist Jill Carroll unless the Bush administration ordered the release of Iraqi women prisoners within 72 hours, according to a report on al-Jazeera television yesterday." Today, the BBC reports
"Iraq's ministry of justice has told the BBC that six of the eight women being held by coalition forces in Iraq have been released early. The six were freed because there was insufficient evidence to charge them, a justice ministry spokesman said." Cause, meet effect. Effect, this is cause.
posted by insomnia_lj
on Jan 18, 2006 -
The Hard Road
A very engrossing and well written series by three reporters of the St Petersburg Times who spent a year reporting on a hit-and-run case that shocked Tampa. This long, tragic narrative broken into five installments, explores what happened after Jennifer Porter, a quiet, unassuming 28-year-old schoolteacher, ran down four of Lisa Wilkins' children one evening in March 2004. [via
posted by StarForce5
on Dec 28, 2005 -
Op-ed Payola, not just for the White House anymore. An outcry arose
over the Bush administrations payments to multiple columnists to push the Bush agenda without disclosing the payments. Now it turns out Jack Abramoff had op-ed columnists on his payroll too. Doug Bandow has just resigned
as a senior fellow of the Cato Institute after being discovered taking payola from Abramoff's clients. Josh Marshall claims
this practice is endemic in DC. There are even shops in DC that specialize in ginning up bogus 'man on the street' opeds which they then get placed on major oped pages. Another area where my reporting showed this to be very common was among foreign lobbyists, a number of whom had ex-foreign service officers and various other foreign policy bigwigs on retainer to write opeds advocating on behalf of their clients. Actually, 'write' overstates the matter. The lobbying firm writes the OpEd and the expert signs it.
posted by publius
on Dec 16, 2005 -
Washington Post columnist/blogger Dan Froomkin writes the "White House Briefing,
" an online "daily anthology of works by other journalists and bloggers," which is often critical of the administration. This past Sunday, the new Post ombudsman wrote
that the paper's White House correspondents worried that Froomkin's column creates an appearance of bias at the Post. Froomkin responsed
, and hundreds of commentors offered their support. Then Post national politics editor John Harris weighed in
, to somewhat less acclaim from commentors. Harris expanded on his views in this interview
. The whole affair raises issues about allegations of a subservient, stenographic press
, how the media deals with charges of liberal bias
, the perceived vindictiveness
of the Bush administration, and the relationship between in-house bloggers and the traditional media
posted by ibmcginty
on Dec 14, 2005 -
100 Cartoons to celebrate Black Ink Monday
"Over the last 20 years, the number of cartoonists on the staff of daily newspapers nationwide has been cut in half
." Today, the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists protests "newspapers everywhere who have lost sight of the value of having a staff editorial cartoonist."
posted by mediareport
on Dec 12, 2005 -
Pentagon bribery scandal -- Iraqi journalists bought out.
Officials in Washington have admitted that the US military has bribed Iraqi journalists with under-the-table payoffs of up to $200 a month -- twice the average Iraqi monthly income -- for producing upbeat newspaper, radio and television reports about the war in Iraq. This follows a similar report yesterday
that the military secretly paid Iraqi newspapers to run dozens of pro-American articles written by the US Information Operations Task Force in Baghdad. A Pentagon spokesman described the report as "troubling". "This article raises some questions as to whether or not some of the practices that are described in there are consistent with the principles of this department."
posted by insomnia_lj
on Dec 1, 2005 -