Archive for the 'Media' Category

Meet the Press: The real “no-spin zone”

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

MSNBC’s Meet the Press is good again tonight. Tim Russert is grilling both Israel’s Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Dan Gillerman and Lebanon’s Special Envoy, Ambassador Nouhad Mahmoud on the violence in Israel & Lebanon (transcript).

If the purpose of journalism really is to provide citizens with accurate and reliable information they need to function in a free society, then Russert is doing a very good job.

As an additional bonus on tonight’s program, hear Tom Friedman provide his excellent insights yet once again.

700 Club

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

The 700 Club. First heard about it in 1987 or so, first got to watch it in 1989. I must have spent many a night watching (along with the plethora of other infomercials). But The 700 Club was different, a true evergreen. It still amazes me after all these years what a brilliant business this must be: selling the meaning of life to an audience eager to find peace of mind.

Technorati and AP partner

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

This could be big: Technorati and The Associated Press team to deliver up-to-the-minute blog post links to AP hosted online news stories

Tuesday, May 23, 2006, San Francisco, CA – Technorati, Inc., the leading authority on the global blogosphere, and The Associated Press, the world’s oldest and largest news organization, have announced an agreement to provide up-to-the-minute links helping readers navigate between AP news coverage and recent blogs about stories on AP’s Hosted Custom News service for Web sites.

When readers visit an AP member Web site that uses AP Hosted Custom News, they will see a module featuring the “Top Five Most Blogged About” AP articles. This module is dynamically powered by Technorati and within it, the reader will see links to a Technorati page that guides them to recent blog posts about that specific AP article. Additionally, when readers click on an AP article, Technorati will deliver “Who’s Blogging About That Article,” a listing of blog names with the date and time recent posts were made. The new functionality will be available to the more than 440 AP member Web sites in the United States that take AP’s Hosted Custom News.

Via Marshall: Associated Press partners with Technorati


Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

I may have mentioned this before somewhere, but 30 minutes of watching C-SPAN will sometimes get you more information, context and insight than a whole week of watching the major news networks: Reform of the U.S. Intelligence Community

Another year of KQED

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Just renewed my KQED membership. Still the best radio in the Bay Area.

brand eins

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

The March issue of German monthly brand eins arrived in the mail today. I finally got around to getting a subscription (my first German media import). I remember I attended their launch party in Hamburg, Germany in late 1999. Need to dig out the very first 1/99 issue (as well as those of their predecessor, Econy):

Inhalt brand eins 1/1999

Die Lust am Neubeginn: Metallgesellschaft, Amiga, Ostdeutschland Handwerk: Annette Humpe, Musikproduzentin - und wie sie aus Unbekannten Stars macht Vision: Transrapid, Schwebeprojekt -
und warum wir diese Chance nutzen sollen Konsequenz: Tom Dixon, Designer - und wie er die Einrichtungskette Habitat aufmöbelt

Constructive optimism. Always refreshing.

Global Players on CNBC

Monday, March 20th, 2006

Sabine Christiansen in my living room. Funny. Tonight’s subject: “Fighting foreign takeovers: patriotism … or protectionism?” Judging from the last 10 minutes this looks like an exact clone of her weekly talk show in Germany: a lot of talking, no real insights.

Hannity & Colmes

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

Hannity & Colmes is really awful again tonight. Probably one of the worst shows TV currently has to offer. To think that some take this for journalism when in fact it is the exact opposite. Very exemplary, though, for Fox News.

Freedom of speech

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

At some point, the Muslim communities in Europe will have to figure out where they stand on the issue of basic civil liberties, such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The attacks on the Danish daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten following their publication of a dozen cartoons are simply unacceptable.

More coverage:

Flemming Rose, Jyllands-Posten’s cultural editor, is quoted in the New York Times as saying:

“This is a far bigger story than just the question of 12 cartoons in a small Danish newspaper.

“This is about the question of integration and how compatible is the religion of Islam with a modern secular society — how much does an immigrant have to give up and how much does the receiving culture have to compromise.”

And it doesn’t stop at publishing cartoons. It can be writing a book or making a movie. Or “living like a German woman,” for that matter (Die Zeit: “Wie eine Deutsche”, in German, on the murder of Hatun Sürücü).

Bad press day

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

CRJ Daily on How the Press Got the Sago Story Wrong.