Finally Pushing Back

26 04 2015



MU grad gives $1M to journalism school for LGBT education

A University of Missouri graduate has donated $1 million to the journalism school for research and education about LGBT issues.

The pledge comes from Timothy Blair, who wants the money to go toward better understanding how news coverage can reinforce or break down stereotypes about people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported Saturday.

It’s about time LGBTQMIAPDLOLPLPLTH got its act together to combat the daily deluge of rampant incessant homophobia and transphobia from the modern mainstream media, and to break the religious right’s strangehold on the largest media conglomerates.

“It became apparent that the passion I have about LGBT rights, and being a gay man myself, I wanted to put my money where my mouth is,” said Blair, who is a graduate of MU’s journalism school.

Should I even?

He graduated from MU in 1973 and earned a master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis before working in marketing and public relations for several St. Louis companies, the newspaper reported. He founded BlairPR Inc. in Los Angeles in 1993.

Good for him.  PR is yet another industry badly in need of a few gay men to combat all the troglodyte knuckledragging religious bigots that infest it.

Next Year At This Time

23 04 2015



Tony Messenger wins honor for editorial writing

Tony Messenger has won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Editorial Writing for “After Ferguson,” a collection of editorials following the shooting and protests.

And next year, he’ll win it again for his provocation coverage of the Great Mythical Anti-Semitic Whisper Campaign of 2015.

Every Photo Tells an Incomplete Story

20 04 2015


P-D’s gallery of its Pulitzer Prize winning photos.

Here are some follow-ups, some from the P-D itself.

Photo #1
Photo #15

Photo #4 is interesting, because that photo’s main subject unfortunately fell into a trap later on while wearing that same shirt.  Click to enlarge.


If anything, I like this photo, I don’t know if the P-D took it, but I didn’t see it in their gallery of prize winners.  Again, click to enlarge.


H/T to my biggest fan, who found the gallery a few hours before I would have.


17 04 2015

Washington, D.C.

I hope they don’t do like Indiana Republicans and actually hold firm to this decision.

I hope this isn’t just a stall tactic for the Democrat Party and its associated constituent parts to get more goodies and gibs out of the deal.

Britt McHenry

17 04 2015

Arlington, Virginia

1.  This is not a one-off.  It is my personal experience that around half of TV media people of both genders all 58 genders who are visually attractive (7 and above) have this kind of attitude.

2.  It is also the typical arrogance of people with college sheepskins.  They think that because they have a quintessential college diploma, this means they automatically have the right to make more money than anyone who doesn’t.  I surmised in this space a few years ago that the reason the left hates the fossil fuel industry is that it gives the evil hated white man without the quintessential college diploma a way to make a pretty good living and afford to start a family (hence, Republican voter), all the while the typical “studies” graduate is slinging coffee for not much more than minimum wage.

3.  Who do you think you are, lady?  You’re no Woodward or Bernstein, working on a scoop that led to the President of the United States committing multiple Federal felonies and forcing his resignation.  You troll sidelines of games telling us what jocks do then sticking microphones in their snoots.  I dare say that doing so is not indicative of having a very high education or developed mature skill set.

4.  This in a nutshell is why the Democrat Party has lost the white working middle class voter, even though the Republican Party does not have a solid lock on them.

No Comment, Really

23 03 2015



KSDK checking station employee’s role in Ferguson protest

A production assistant working at KSDK appears to have spent the weekend organizing, documenting and participating in Ferguson protests.

It has caught her bosses’ attention.

KSDK (Channel 5) is looking into the role Jana Marie Gamble played in the last several days in the National March on Ferguson, held Friday and Saturday.

The march to protest the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was orchestrated by longtime local protesters Zaki Baruti and Anthony Shahid, who also head up the Leadership Coalition for Justice.

On her Facebook page Sunday, Gamble posted: “Here are some amazing moments we shared as the ‪#ItsAGambleProduction‬ Team captured history in the making at the ‪#NationalMarchOnFerguson‬ ‪… ”

The photos bear an “It’s a Gamble Production” logo.

On Twitter, Gamble sent messages to various newspapers, journalists, activists — and at least one competing television station (KMOV) — to alert them to the marches.

She also sent an email to Post-Dispatch reporter Steve Giegerich, saying the importance of the march “has been amplified as an extension of the Ferguson crisis and murder of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson.”

Go to the original story to find the links, especially to Miss Gamble’s Twitter account, where the most obvious thing will not surprise you.

I don’t know whether to think of this story as a matter of two peas in the same racial pod, or a matter of the media helping to create a story for the media to cover, or a little of both.

Remember Rob Desir?

Skills Gap, Or Something Like That

7 03 2015

Durham, North Carolina

The Associated Press is going to use computer algorithms starting with the upcoming, and probably already started, D-I college baseball season, to write game recaps.  As it turns out, AP stories about corporate earnings reports have been robot-generated since July.  Durham, N.C.-based Automated Insights is the firm developing the software.

With every given year, more and more media copy will be bot-generated.  College baseball game recaps and corporate earnings reports are just the Skunk Works.

I read this, and contrast this with the constant bitching I hear from some quarters about skills gap, jobs Americans won’t do, H-1B, staple green cards to diplomas, comprehensive reform, worker shortages.



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