It’s What They’ll Call the News

23 06 2015

Washington, D.C.

There is something of a bit of paranoia developing from our sector of the internet that for some reason, the Federal government is soon going to start prohibiting people from discussing news stories about black crime.

Those worries are far afield, because the Feds won’t actually need to do that in order to do that.

The best way to keep us from talking about black crime is to deprive us of news and information about black crime.

And how will that be possible?

Look up the name Mignon Clyburn.  If you have seen that last name in the last several days, you’re not imagining things.  It comes from Jim Clyburn, member of Congress from South Carolina, and former head of the Congressional Bellcurve Caucus.  Mignon Clyburn is his daughter; Baraq Obama appointed her to be an FCC commissioner.

Last year, there was a here today gone tomorrow story about her name being mixed up in something called Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs.  Part of this research involved:

But it’s another part of the study that has prompted critics to invoke images of FCC officials parachuting into local newsrooms to influence coverage decisions. The design calls for the FCC to interview management and staff at broadcast outlets in order

to ascertain the process by which stories are selected, station priorities (for content, production quality, and populations served), perceived station bias, perceived percent of news dedicated to each of the eight CINs, and perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.

Suggested questions directed to station managers in the voluntary interviews include, “What is the news philosophy of the station?” and “How much does community input influence news coverage decisions?”

One of the FCC’s own members, Ajit Pai, who was appointed in 2012 by President Obama, panned the study in a recent Wall-Street Journal op-ed. That followed a December letter sent by 16 congressional Republicans to the new chairman, Tom Wheeler, urging him to stop what they called an “attempt to engage the FCC as the ‘news police.’”

Blogmeister Translation Service:

Prevent over the air local eyeball news from doing news stories about black crime.





Martin Duggan, RIP

27 05 2015

Yes, he was sort of a horse’s ass, and for some odd reason, he and Ray Hartmann were good friends.

But you gotta hand it to someone who can be married to the same spouse for 73 years.

He also gave Pat Buchanan his first journalism job.





The Sum of All Parts

26 05 2015

Town and Country

I don’t know which would be worse:  Comcast + TW, or Charter + TW.

It says here that Charter has been trying to beat Comcast to the punch to buy TW since last year.  Where the hell was I?





Finally Pushing Back

26 04 2015

Columbia

P-D:

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

Downtown

P-D:

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

Ferguson

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.

pta

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.

john-west

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





Sticktoititveness

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.








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