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Thursday: Mis-Ledes; Frying Bacon; Do No Harm(an)

  • Posted on: 29 November 2007
  • By: rba

Ben Feller/AP: Bush pushes Democrats to OK war funding
Um, they (House) already have.

Paul McCleary/CJR: Is Perry Bacon Serious?
In The Washington Post this morning, reporter Perry Bacon Jr. wrote what may be the single worst campaign ‘08 piece to appear in any American newspaper so far this election cycle.

Declan McCullagh: Congress' "anti-extremist" bill (VRAHTPA) targets online thoughtcrime
Nowhere in the limited powers awarded the federal government by the U.S. Constitution do I see authorization to police "extremist belief systems." That's coming close to punishing thoughtcrime.

The true lunacy of the bill becomes evident by replacing "internet" with "telephone". Truly, there ain't no cure for stupid.

Cry, Our Beloved Countries

  • Posted on: 29 November 2007
  • By: Welshman

Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or a valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much.

Stop Big Media!

  • Posted on: 28 November 2007
  • By: Connecticut Man1

Why is this happening?

  • “Women comprise 51 percent of the entire U.S. population, but own a total of only 80 stations, or 5.87 percent of all full power commercial television stations.”

  • “Minorities comprise 34 percent of the entire U.S. population, but own a total of 43 stations, or 3.15 percent of all full-power commercial television stations.” That percentage decreased between Oct. 2006 and Oct. 2007.

Cough Cough! -- December 1 and the move to the new ePluribus Media site are coming soon!

  • Posted on: 28 November 2007
  • By: cho

Wednesday is my day to watch the community.  Since August, tho, it's been one thing after another in my household.

Right now, it's flu.

But in the meantime, Roxy's team has been busy getting the new sites ready.  The look is contemporary, and wow! the functionality. There's a new "front door" to all the components of ePluribus Media.

Wednesday: Secrets Revealed!

  • Posted on: 28 November 2007
  • By: rba

Joe Guillen/ 20 percent of election printouts were unreadable
"If it is as close as it's been for the last two presidential elections and it's that close again in 2008, God help us if we have to depend on Cuya- hoga County as the deciding factor. . ." said County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora, a longtime opponent of the county's touch-screen voting system. [Vendor? Diebold. Via Election Law @ Moritz]

Kevin G. Hall/McClatchy: Democrats' health plans echo Nixon's failed GOP proposal
WASHINGTON — Even before Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton unveiled her new health-care plan, Republicans attacked it as socialized medicine. They neglected to mention, however, that her plan bears a striking resemblance to changes that were proposed in 1974 — by the late President Richard M. Nixon.

PEJ: Journalists in Iraq - A Survey of Reporters on the Front Lines (Nov 28, 2007)
The survey, conducted by the Project for Excellence in Journalism from September 28 through November 7. . . will be followed, later this year, with a content analysis of coverage on the ground from Iraq.

Shooting News

  • Posted on: 27 November 2007
  • By: rba

Charles Layton/AJR: The Video Explosion

"December/January preview» News organizations are embracing video on their Web sites in a big way. The quality ranges from bad to basic to superb. And for some journalists, the advent of video is a terrific new career opportunity."

"We can say with certainty, however, that many of the papers that are going for video are going for it all-out. "We consider our newsroom pretty much a multimedia newsroom," says Jonathan Utz, multimedia visual director at the Naples Daily News, a 57,000-circulation, E.W. Scripps-owned daily in Florida. "We expect our reporters to soon be making video and collecting sound and even in some cases shooting still photos."

Definitely worth the read. From the October/November American Journalism Review, Via (where else?) Romensko.

'Coming Home: Soldiers and Drugs' - More Deja-Vu

  • Posted on: 27 November 2007
  • By: jimstaro

THIS COUNTRY, that likes to think of itself as Numeral Uno on the World Stage, in Everything, Is Filled With A Society That's Concerned For The Individual Only, and while condemning others, Never Learns The Lessons It Experiances or Witnesses!!

We've gone through All This Before, a War of Choice {of the arrogant few, with the Country falling in lockstep behind them} and All that evolves from!

Krauthammer Versus Clausewitz

  • Posted on: 27 November 2007
  • By: Jeff Huber

"Policy is the guiding intelligence and war only the instrument, not vice versa."

-- Carl von Clausewitz

There ought to be a law of American journalism that says pundits who write and talk about war should have at least a passing familiarity with the work of 19th century Prussian general and philosopher Carl von Clausewitz.

Update on ePluribus Media 2.0 and the Site(s) Migration

  • Posted on: 27 November 2007
  • By: Roxy

Just wanted to give everybody a little update on the site migration (which is going very well!) and thank everybody for helping test the new sites and for all of the feedback they have given.  It is much appreciated ...

If you encounter any broken links, glitches or other problems please email us at: ...

Here is where we are now:

Tuesday: Shell Games

  • Posted on: 27 November 2007
  • By: rba

Ruth Simon/WSJ: Rising Rates to Worsen Subprime Mess
". . . the chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Sheila Bair . . . has proposed that mortgage companies freeze the interest rates on some two million mortgages at the rate before the reset to help borrowers avoid trouble. "Keep it at the starter rate," Ms. Bair said at conference last month. "Convert it into a fixed rate. Make it permanent. And get on with it."

I like her style - and her common sense: live with an average coupla percent loss, or hold on to that sack of lead and drown with the rest of the bottom-feeders.