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Saturday, September 25, 2004

Live Online: Local Jeanne Coverage

Who needs CNN's Hurricane Hunks blowing around on a rooftop when you can get local people to do that?

WPBF 25 West Palm Beach (ABC)
WPEC 12 West Palm Beach (CBS)
WPTV 5 West Palm Beach (NBC)
WFTV 9 Orlando (ABC)
WKMG 6 Orlando (CBS)
WESH 2 Orlando (NBC)
WTEV 47 Jacksonville (CBS)
God Is My Co-Author


[T]he World Journalism Institute [is] a J-school with a mission to prepare young evangelicals to enter the mainstream media universe.


If evangelicals expect to be depicted fairly and fully by the elite media, [WJI Director Robert] Case says, they need to get their hands dirty and play a role in the institutions that define the larger culture.


"The homosexuals are our role model in this," Case says. "They had the same problems we do twenty, twenty-five years ago — a despised minority hiding in the closet, and all the stories in the media looked to point out their weaknesses. They overcame this by integrating into the mainstream."

There's nothing wrong with encouraging more evangelicals to become journalists, but is there some WJI-like University of Fabulous we're unaware of? GLAAD denies any media infiltration scheme, but they would say that now, wouldn't they?

Case's other, longer-term objective is, by his own admission, more controversial. It is to bring "an evangelical or biblical perspective to the newsroom." [...] "A secularist will always ignore the religious side of life and way of thinking. Evangelicals won't."


As Adam Belz, a blond twenty-year-old who attends Covenant College in Georgia, put it, "God is the originator of reality, so knowledge of him is knowledge of reality. If I look to God as the source of truth, that helps me in my profession."

Well, who would you trust more as a source, Bill Burkett or Jesus?
CBS Newtered


CBS News said yesterday that it had postponed a "60 Minutes" segment that questioned Bush administration rationales for going to war in Iraq.

The announcement, in a statement by a spokeswoman, was issued four days after the network acknowledged that it could not prove the authenticity of documents it used to raise new questions about President Bush's Vietnam-era military service.


CBS said last night that the report on the war would not run before Nov. 2.

"We now believe it would be inappropriate to air the report so close to the presidential election," the spokeswoman, Kelli Edwards, said in a statement.

It's inappropriate to examine the policies of a president a month before the election? Do they think that spreading such a dangerous idea is better than admitting the real reason why they're bumping the story? Either CBS News is admitting it has lost the credibility to criticize the president, or they're admitting their embarrassment at the piece's focus on forged documents (about uranium from Niger).

I hear that if you give a broken stopwatch a good shake, it'll start ticking again.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Judy in Jail?


Judith Miller, the embattled foreign correspondent for
The New York Times, seems ready to go to jail rather than testify before a grand jury trying to find out who leaked the name of a CIA operative to several Washington, D.C,. reporters.

"I can't tell you what I am going to do yet," Miller said in an upbeat voice during the first of two cell phone interviews. But later, when told that Lucy Dalglish, executive director of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, seemed sure that she would stonewall prosecutors, Miller elaborated a little.

"What I know of Judith Miller, there is no way in hell that she will be willing to testify," Dalglish had told E&P. When that quote was read to Miller, she laughed and said: "I think that's right, and it's what my lawyer would say, too."

She may do some pretty bad reporting, but she's a bad reporter with standards. Judy, we salute you.
Exclusive: Air America to Land in San Francisco

Putting two and two together, the liberal Air America network will begin broadcasting in liberal San Francisco this Tuesday, September 28, according to a well-placed little birdie. It will be Clear Channel's KABL 960 making the switch from nostalgia to liberal talk, the eleventh Clear Channel station to make the switch so far. Air America lists 31 stations in 30 cities on its website, plus two satellite radio services. In addition, KXXT 1010 Phoenix switched from conservative to liberal talk this morning.

Update: Apparently, an ad in Thursday morning's Chronicle, page E8, says, "The sound of Bay Area radio is about to change forever. Be there. 960 AM this Tuesday September 28."

Update: It's confirmed. The new station will be renamed KQKE, "The Quake."

More journalists dying for the story. ... Human rights and journalists' groups protest abductions and killings of Iraq reporters in statement to UN. ... BoobGate fines: $27,500 each for CBS's 20 O&O stations. ... Senate cancels deadline for digital TV. ... Wal-Mart's growth means fewer ad dollars for newspapers. ... Online ad revenue soars to $2.37B. ... CBS News appoints independent investigators. ... Bill Burkett wants to sue CBS News. ... Killian family demands apology from CBS News. ... China shuts down policy journal that criticized North Korea. ... Lithuania shuts down pro-Chechen website under Russian pressure. ... Burma shuts down policy journal that covered international issues. ... ACLU sues paper to protect client's name. ... Newsday offers settlements to advertisers, Hoy cuts content in circulation scandal. ... Scripps papers can now make independent presidential endorsements. ... America likes online news. ... WSJ.com, ConsumerReports.org partner up. ... Project launched to monitor local stations and demand more candidate and issue coverage. ... Marie Claire editor booted. ... The Minor Fall, The Major Lift reaches coda.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Quote of the Day

Yodels of course contributing to the sex -- the success of this man.

--Shepard Smith on Studio B, introducing a Photoshopped image of Neil Cavuto during a story on the bankruptcy of Interstate Bakeries Corp.
Rupert Murdoch: The Elites Are Out to Get Him

Rupert Murdoch to E&P:

All of the traditional media is against us. [...] The traditional media in this country is in tune with the elite, not the people. [...] That is why we're not liked by the traditional media. That's not us.

So says non-elite Keith Rupert Murdoch, the world's #43 richest human being, with a net worth of $7.8B.

And regarding MemoGate, Murdoch feels that, had the shoe had been on the other foot, the shoe would have been on the other foot:

If it had been us, we would have been crucified.
Who Said It?

Your quote:

What's The Wall Street Journal?
That Dan Rather Keeps Causing Trouble


SEATTLE - Paul Fellows had just dropped his daughter off at school when he saw Joe Miller along the side of the street near Green Lake, holding a handmade cardboard sign saying "CBS lied."


While Miller believes CBS deliberately used bad documents, Fellows believes differently, and pulled over to share his opinion.

"I drove up alongside of him and I rolled down my window and said CBS was duped and the Republicans did it. Instead of engaging me in conversation, he kicked in the side of my car," said Fellows.


Ultimately, both men called 911 and an officer wrote up a report about the broken window and dented car.

I applaud Mr. Miller's enthusiasm for media accuracy, though I think we can all agree that he should limit his passion to his own property and never post any comments here.

(Cit.: Lost Remote.)

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Spin Room

Daily Howler: MemoGate-like lapses more common than media lets on; Sheryl Gay Stolberg originated, misquoted oft-repeated Kerry Nascar comment. ... FAIR: Rather's been sloppy before. ... Cori Dauber: "Stunning indictment" that Rather called Burkett an "unimpeachable source." ... Dan Kennedy equates damage of Jack Kelley, Jayson Blair, and MemoGate scandals. ... Danny Schecter: "When Rather's critical, he's ignored. When he messes up, he's page one." ... MRC: Liberal bias permeated CBS News handling of MemoGate. ... MediaMatters: "Terrorists want Kerry" talking point common in media; USA Today mischaracterizes $87B bill; Judy Woodruff misquotes Kerry to accuse him of flip-flopping; Carl Cameron exaggerates Kerry statements as calling Bush "warmongerer." ... News Hounds: Fox only cabler to talk over Kofe Annan; Fox soft-peddles GOP senators' Bush criticism; Carl Cameron can't jibe Kerry giving Bush threat of force and Kerry not approving of going to war; Fox heavily playing MemoGate, allegations of Kerry coordination; More playing up of MemoGate. ... Johnny Dollar: News Hounds gets it wrong in post on Fox News, oil-for-food scandal. ... Mudville Gazette: Corporate news bias doesn't mean conservative news bias; lots of editorial cartoons on MemoGate ... ConWebWatch derides WorldNetDaily's assertion that it's not a conservative outlet. ... AIM sees ethical violations at AP and Reuters. ... Backspin: Reuters acknowledges intimidation into using neutral language about terrorism.
Misunderstanding CBS News

There appears to be a misunderstanding of CBS News's position. Here is what CBS News says:

CBS News cannot prove that the documents are authentic, which is the only acceptable journalistic standard to justify using them in the report.

And here is what Jay Rosen says in linking to that very statement:

CBS News, having now admitted that documents it relied on were inauthentic[...].

That is not what CBS News has admitted. They say they don't know, because they can't prove the authenticity of a photocopy one way or another.

Rosen goes on to make some reasonable predictions of what will happen next.

Monday, September 20, 2004


Geneva Overholser quits Poynter Online column after dispute in naming Kobe Bryant's accuser. ... US soldiers tie up, mask Turkish reporters in eight-hour Iraqi interrogation. ... Madonna says paparazzi more dangerous than terror threat in Israel. ... Some Yahoo! may lead ABC News's parent company. ... FT faces losses, FT.com makes profit. ... Biloxi Sun Herald produces Eye on Ivan blog.
The Wha-Huh? Files

AP via BoGlo:

The campaigns of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry tentatively have agreed to a series of three debates that both sides hope will give them momentum in the closing weeks of the presidential election, a person familiar with the debate negotiations said Sunday night.


"No deal has been reached. Reports of a tentative agreement -- I don't even know what that means -- are false," said Nicolle Devenish, communications director for the Bush campaign.

You heard right. There will and/or will not be three presidential debates. And, you journalistic elites, stop confusing poor campaign officials with your fancy-pants words like "tentative" and "agreement."