(Note to young sportswriters: Always make your steroid question your last question.)
Sports Illustrated Übercolumnist Rick Reilly asks Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa if he would be willing to undergo a test for steroids. After all, Sosa has said he would be "first in line" if baseball required tests for steroids. Reilly asks, "Well, why wait? Why not step up right now and be tested? You show everybody you're clean."
Sosa chuckles ruefully, pats Reilly on the back, and replies, "No, sir, that would weaken the player's union, and besides, your question is quite inappropriate."
Just kidding. Actually, Sosa yells and screams. His answer includes the word "motherfucker." "You're not my father," he tells Reilly.
Journalists writing to the letters page
of Jim Romenesko's Media News disagree on the appropriateness of Reilly's request.
posted by Holden
on Jul 3, 2002 -
The UCSD administration was recently defeated
by The Koala
, a student satire publication that it attempted to shut down. Said an administrator: "We condemn the Koala's abuse of the constitutional guarantees of free expression and disfavor their unconscionable behavior."
The paper's staffers have now sold their blood plasma
to raise money for a lawyer to file a countersuit against the administration. Good to see that free speech is alive and well on college campuses, this school's administration to the contrary. And its always good to see an active college humor magazine.
posted by gsteff
on Jul 1, 2002 -
How creepy is this?
Man poses as sportswriter for USAToday and/or SI For Kids who wants to interview female collegiate athletes.
Some he only gets as far as the phone, one met up with him with her family acting as Scooby Gang.
Police say he hasn't done anything to merit charges. Harmless person with mental disorder or person perfecting routine before he escalates?
posted by sillygit
on Jun 29, 2002 -
to Ted Turner's comments prompts CNN offer a series of pieces focusing on the toll Palestinian terror has taken. "Ted Turner apologized, CNN's executives were quick to disassociate themselves from him and to announce he has no influence over the content of the broadcasts, and Eason Jordan, news director for the network, hurried to fly over to Israel and offer 'compensation' - a series of reports on the victims of terrorism."
. Indeed, a visit to CNN's website
this morning uncovers a series of focus items reporting on Israeli casualties and victims. Is this a case of journalism caving to political and commercial interests, or is Israel effectively combating the liberal bias of Western media?
posted by astirling
on Jun 24, 2002 -
is an "experiment in randomized photojournalism." Unfortunately, it doesn't have the bombardment value that My Left Asscheek
(hee!) did, which strangely enough, they bought. Or, maybe
, it just made for a great "press release" title.
posted by Su
on Jun 20, 2002 -
seem to be the only place we can find out what goes on in the US these days. Probably has to do with the liberal media, wouldn't you say?
posted by nofundy
on Jun 18, 2002 -
Notice something missing from today's Washington Post?
In a creative protest of management's latest contract offer, Post union members withhold bylines from news stories and columns in the June 5 edition.
Most articles are written "By A Washington Post Staff Writer" and pictures are taken "By A Washington Post Staff Photographer." What other unique forms of labor protest have you seen where the union gets its point across without striking or compromising the quality of the product?
posted by PrinceValium
on Jun 5, 2002 -
An American Jewish Congress trade ad placed in Variety and the Hollywood Reporter compares anti-Semitic violence to that experienced during WWII. Some groups are also calling for a boycott of the Cannes Film Festival. Woody Allen
doesn't agree. Can the actions of an idiotic minority really justify a boycott?
posted by laukf
on May 15, 2002 -
Victim of Sloppy Journalism? Wired News Intern Danit Lidor
sensational, one-sided story
about one of Rod Montgomery's employer
. Rod was quoted
accurately, but he is not
WordRecords.com's webmaster, was not
responsible for the less-than-swift marketing campaign, and didn't know
the context of Lidor's question at the time.
Lidor's sloppy journalism implies that Rod and his employer are
spam-generators, when this is very far from the truth.
What would you do if you were misquoted or misrepresented in an article
printed in a large Internet news site? Should Lidor post a formal
Rod's full letter to Wired can be found here
posted by quonsar
on May 12, 2002 -
At large in the blogosphere
And yet another analysis of the world of blogging. Does this one, by a decent literary and cultural critic, present blogs and blogging in a better light than many earlier ones? note: NY Times free reg reqd.
posted by Postroad
on May 5, 2002 -
Online journalism, Venezuela style:
"Venezuela's Electronic News," an independent source of news and opinion since 1996, has lots of details about the amazing events of last week. And this online newspaper from the island of Trinidad/Tobago
, only a few miles from the Venezuelan coast
, helped spread initial reports that contradicted the standard line.
Meanwhile, over at good ol' Narco News, journalist Al Giordano has posted a must-read analysis of the online "counter-coup"
against the spin from mainstream news outlets. Were the Venezuelan TV stations that fanned the coup's flames simply "upset with Chavez...over having to pay taxes like any other business for the first time in their history," as Giordano claims? Was this really "online journalism's finest hour," driven by "a decentralized slingshot army - you know who you are - that now has the microphone and will never give it up to the commercially-driven usurpers of democracy again?"
posted by mediareport
on Apr 16, 2002 -
New US paper aims at Afghan war truth
What do you do when you are fed up with the biased and slanted coverage that the major news organizations are giving the "war on terroirsm"? Start your own newspaper of course.
"A newspaper aimed at providing news of the war in Afghanistan is to be launched this month. Its editors argue that the mainstream media in the US are not providing a full picture of the war and its effects. "
posted by futureproof
on Apr 5, 2002 -
""I think this is one of many weird phenomena that contributes to a national attention deficit disorder."The crawl -- that stream of info-morsels and promotional hooks that seemed so urgent right after Sept. 11, but now seems so annoying and distracting -- seems to carry Gitlin's point with it as it creeps across the screen."
Is this a real problem, or is it just the old guys not hip to the kids' video world? (via i want media
posted by owillis
on Apr 1, 2002 -
Sneak peek at the new look for the Wall Street Journal
"Print buyers were presented with non-disclosure agreements when shown the pages...No media buyer was shown the front page, redesigned for the first time since the 1944." Pretty esoteric subject, but still remarkable how much influence the "look and feel " of a newspaper can have on its reader. Hard to imagine the WSJ looking different. It must be a very tough endeavor
to get right. (IMHO the recently revamped Int Herald Tribune looks way messier and more confusing than before.)
posted by Voyageman
on Mar 25, 2002 -
I mourned Sassy, too! "Darren E. Burrows is to Keanu, as Samantha Mathis is to Winona Ryder, as Joan Collins is to Elizabeth Taylor, as Jason Priestley is to johnny Depp, as Luke Perry is to James Dean, as Caludia Schiffer is to Brigette Bardot, as Bill Clinton is to JFK, as YM is to Sassy."
--Christina Kelly,in her "What Now" column, Sassy, May 1992. And wouldn't you know it, she's
now the editor-in-chief of YM. (Yes, I know this post won't make sense to anyone who wasn't a teenage girl in the early '90s.)
posted by lillitot
on Mar 24, 2002 -
A print journalist admits her fear of blogs "What the blog threatens to do is dislodge the traditional news media's corner on the "scoop" market. With their unorthodox reporting strategies and lightning-fast publishing schedules, blogs are making it clear that you don't need to have some big, fancy newspaper job to break stories. In fact, you don't even need to write stories; you can just throw a couple of sentences up on your site with some telling links. And you can quote that naked boy in your bed who knows how to hack protocols. Whatever."
posted by ezfowler
on Mar 1, 2002 -
Sporting News Predicts the Future.
It's 9:30 pm EST and the closing ceremonies have been on for 1 hour, but the Sporting News has provided us with a complete recap of the night, including Rogges final words to Salt Lake City. They must have hired Ms. Cleo recently.
posted by smcniven
on Feb 24, 2002 -
Afghanistan looks at itself:
Q: So if I brought you free films but they weren't about fighting, would you show them?
A moving photo-essay on rebuilding Afghanistan's media sources.
posted by modge
on Feb 22, 2002 -
A Picture is worth a thousand words
Jonathan Jones says America turns to Rockwell's idyllic images in times of trouble.
Remember This Guy
from Tiananmen Square, June 5, 1989? A powerful image that seems to be linked to bravery and freedom in most stories I remember.
Now what about This Guy
, A Palestinian boy throwing stones at an Israeli tank.
I'm not sure where the connection is here, but the tank images struck me as somewhat similiar to each other, yet, I imagine the two images will mean different things to different people.
I'm not sure what either tank image has to do with Rockwell, that's just the story that got me thinking.
posted by Blake
on Feb 19, 2002 -
Wacky news is on the rise,
and not just here at MetaFilter: it's showing up more and more on mainstream news media sites desperate for your attention (and in traditional print and broadcast media, too). For better or for worse, it's not just for FARK
anymore. We've discussed many a weird news item here (much to mathowie's annoyance); what about weird news as a trend?
posted by mcwetboy
on Feb 16, 2002 -
10 Days in September: Inside the War Cabinet
The Washington Post today publishes the first of an eight-part special series, by investigative reporters Dan Balz and Bob Woodward, on the US government's -- and more specifically, the Bush Administration's -- initial response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The series is based on interviews with President Bush, Vice President Cheney and many other key officials inside the administration and out, and is supplemented by notes of National Security Council meetings made available to The Washington Post, along with notes taken by multiple participants. This is what journalism at its best is all about...
posted by verdezza
on Jan 27, 2002 -
"Kill duck before cooking"
and other chortle-worthy corrections from The New York Times. If newspapers were smart, they'd recognize that their corrections columns are a potential gold mine in terms of entertainment value, and promote them accordingly. But, alas, newspapers are not smart. (NY Times link, naturally, so the usual warnings apply.)
posted by nathanstack
on Jan 21, 2002 -
The Morning News Gets Hosed.
Due to a server meltdown (and probable incompetence by their webhosting provider) the guys at Morning News lost all kinds of data. Now on a new server, their old host is looking into the possibility of coughing up a decent backup. As a website designer who relies on the kindness of server farms, I know I've been hosed this way before. Since they can't be relied on to provide good backups, when was the last time you backed up your site yourself? Better make one today!
posted by crunchland
on Jan 9, 2002 -
After 30 years of working in the journalism industry, CBS News correspondent Bernard Goldberg
has released this book
, apparently a scathing critique of the media's liberal slant. The book, of course, has created much controversy
, with many saying that Goldberg is biting the hand that feeds him
. There are many who would argue that, contrary to Goldberg's claims, the media (at least in recent months) has been censoriously conservative
in the wake of wartime patriotism.
You may have thought the fourth estate has been corrupt for quite some time, but recent months have brought a heightened degree of scrutiny of the media. America's relationship with the press seems to be more complex than ever. The plight
of (now released) amateur journalist Vanessa Leggett posed some interesting questions
about restrictions on the power of the media. What is the actual state of the American media, and in which direction is it going to go?
posted by grrarrgh00
on Jan 5, 2002 -
Sometimes, often even, life imitates art. Rarely is it as spot-on as this example.
Recall if you will, actor Robert Downey's character in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers
. Compare Downey's character to this photo
Now, try not to laugh.
No, really. Be serious, because this picture pretty much sums up everything
thats gone wrong with modern journalism (and does so without even so much as a caption).
posted by BentPenguin
on Dec 26, 2001 -
"Be accurate, be fair, be American"
is the Fox News mantra. Apparently, news with a moral slant is not only helping the Fox News ratings but many Americans report
wanting their news to be "Pro-American." When did it become unpatriotic to at least want news that attempts objectivity? Are "accuracy" and "fairness" always possible if Fox journalists must also subscribe to News Corporation's prescription as to what it means to "be American?"
posted by karlcleveland
on Dec 3, 2001 -
is back. After an 8-year hiatus, the classic rock rag that launched the career of editor/author/Springsteen-worshipper Dave Marsh
, elevated Lester Bangs
to rockcrit boddhisatva status, and introduced me to the Velvet Underground and the Stooges is online and ready to roll the presses once more. Will they give a much-needed kick in the ass to a moribund field of journalism, or are they a bunch of old hippies cynically cashing in on Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous
vibe? Don't forget to dig the scanned covers
. Boy Howdy!
posted by MrBaliHai
on Nov 29, 2001 -