Egyptians are walking the razor's edge of social media

The rise of the revolution in Egypt can be attributed in large part to social media:

Inside Egypt's Facebook Revolt

After hundreds of arrests in Cairo Wednesday, some protest organizers have gone missing and are presumed jailed. Now activists are using Egypt’s oldest social medium to keep up the fight.

In the days leading up to this week’s street protests in Egypt, the largest the country has seen since the 1970s, Ahmed Salah was busy spreading the word around Cairo—“in every possible way,” as he put it. A veteran activist who said agitation is his genes, Salah, 45, tapped into his usual network, called family and friends, hit the streets, and posted updates on the Web. “On the 25th, we are trying to give people a bit of hope, and a chance to express themselves,” he said in a phone interview last week. But he said the regime would fight back.

As this Egyptian woman seems to be attesting to, it starts small and can build from there. And it was not without its risks:

"I don't ever remember doing this" - Rig Survivor

Rig survivors: BP ordered shortcut on day of blast

BP official wanted workers to replace heavy mud, used to keep the well's pressure down, with lighter seawater to help speed a process that was costing an estimated $750,000 a day and was already running five weeks late, rig survivors told CNN.

BP won the argument, said Doug Brown, the rig's chief mechanic. "He basically said, 'Well, this is how it's gonna be.' "

In the CNN interviews, the workers described a corporate culture of cutting staff and ignoring warning signs ahead of the blast. They said BP routinely cut corners and pushed ahead despite concerns about safety.

Remember 60 minutes had the interview with Mike Williams where he suspected this was the case.

Jed wrote about it here:

Media Wars: Fox Pokes CNN, CNN Bites Back

Oh, boy -- the slings and arrows are just beginning to fly, and this time it looks like FOX News may have bitten off more than it can chew. And it got bitten back in return. Check out the following video from Media Matters TV (Hat-tip Bob in ABQ of DelphiForums and the Huffington Post):

For more information on this, see How Fox Justifies News Distortion as well as the tag Fox News and Citizen Journalist News Corpse.

Iran Censors Media .. Shadows Of Tiananmen Square

As I have been offline and in bed for most of the day trying to get over this lingering bug, I'm now just seeing the news that Iran is keeping the global media from covering the protests of this weekend's election.

When I saw this on CNN my first thoughts were of what China did after the Tiananmen Square massacre.

The YouTube 1989 video is from NBC News as Tom Brokaw reported on the Monday afternoon in a Breaking News Report.

Space Invaders: Home Invasion Caught On Live Internet Feed

An interesting story on CNN tells how a woman at work in Fort Lauderdale checked a live feed from a security camera she'd installed in her house from work, and caught two home invaders in the act:

Woman watches home invasion on webcam
by By Kim Segal, CNN

(CNN) -- Jeanne Thomas was sitting at her desk at work when she decided to check the security camera that she installed in her home.


When Thomas decided to pull up the feed of her house Wednesday morning, she couldn't believe what she saw. There was someone inside her home, someone she didn't know. Thomas picked up the phone and called 911.

Wouldn't that freak you out?

It would be slightly disconcerting for me -- at first, at least. My office is upstairs in my house. Perhaps that, alone, would serve as an adequate deterrent...

Anywho...happy Saturday. And here's a pic of the two nimrods who were caught on camera (via CNN, but courtesy of the Sheriff's department):



Here's the link to the video.  The whole could spawn a new reality series: "Space Invaders", or not.


CNN iReport's Citizen Journalist Under Investigation by SEC

Does CNN have the right model for user generated news with iReport? CNN believes so but some people who took a loss on their shares in Apple on October 3 might disagree. According to Bloomberg news:

An 18-year-old posted the fake Internet report that Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack, and investigators haven't found evidence the teenager tried to profit from driving down the stock, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

So the iReporter didn't profit but what about others?

The bogus report cut Apple's market value by at least $4.8 billion in the first hour of Nasdaq Stock Market trading before a spokesman for the Cupertino, California-based maker of iPods and Macintosh computers said the report wasn't true. The shares recovered a bit, closing down 3 percent.

CNN's response? 

Media Matters: CNN, Fox Mislead Viewers About Bush Administration's Misleading Iraq-Al Qaeda Link

From Media Matters:


In June 5 reports on CNN's The Situation
and Fox News' Special Report, CNN correspondent Carol Costello, CNN White House correspondent Ed Henry, and Special Report host Brit Hume falsely suggested that only the Democratic members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence approved the committee's June 5 "Report on Whether Public Statements Regarding Iraq by U.S. Government Officials Were Substantiated by Intelligence Information." In fact, the report had bipartisan support: Republican Sens. Chuck Hagel (NE) and Olympia Snowe (ME) endorsed the report and stated that it "accomplished its primary objective." As Costello noted, the report concluded that "the Bush administration misused intelligence to build its case [for war in Iraq] in 2003 and misled Americans about links between Iraq and Al Qaeda."


Aren't we getting a little old for this?

Hasn't enough blood been spilled while people play their games of misinformation and propaganda, just to score political points and win the ability to commit even more heinous crimes on our watch?

This is exactly the sort of poor, inaccurate and untruthful information that explains why the traditional media is losing ground to blogs, and it helps explain the growing support and popularity behind the rise of the blogosphere and citizen journalists.

CNN Shows Fangs All INn the Name of FUN

In the category of how lo can you sink, CNN'senior political analyst, Jeanne Moos brought the campaign down a notch with an ostensibly humorous spot on the campaign, in which clips of the three front-running candidates shown speaking with arms outstretched, poiting emphatically. CNN has added photos showing who they might have been pointing to:Hillary Clinton/Monica Lewinsky, Barack Obama/Osama bin Laden, John McCain/Anne Coulter.with the superposition of the video is available here

Unbelievable! CNN narrows the Field of Candidates!

Minor adjustment and edit by GreyHawk. See comments...

Revised by Carol, No changes but update.I had a series of physical mishaps last week and so was not ontop of all the exciting (and otherwise) posts. The way that CNN deliberate shapes the political debate is not only infuriating but dangerous. By substituting lies and trivia and a good dose of horse rate mentality into their coverage, they no doubt succeed in channelling voters thinking, even I imagine critics such as myself. So I am front-paging this now to bring more intention to the situation.

I have done this by using the "revision" button. I have changed nothing in the text. I am not sure how this works but we shall all see.

Once again in the Corporate Media makes an "Executive Decision", about who America should see as their Viable Choices:

Hillary Clinton
Barack Obama
John McCain
Rudy Giuliani
Mike Huckabee
Mitt Romney

Only these Candidates were the Focus of the latest CNN Poll

Where is John Edwards in this Poll?

Is Hillary Clinton Proposing Bi-Partisan Extension of the War in Iraq?

In an interview on CNN's Situation Room, Wulf Blitzer asked Clinton, "Do you trust the Pakistani government to conduct a fair investigation?" Clinton answered, " I don't think the Pakstani government under President Musharaf has any credibility anymore.... The elites in Pakistan act as though they can destabilize Pakistan and retain their privilege their positions of privilege and authority." This was unacceptable. The position that she stated was that the present Pakistani government was illegitimate and that she was committed to supporting the Pakistanis to move to democracy.

Glenn Beck's Ratings: Headline Snooze

When CNN announced the hiring of radio talk jock Glenn Beck almost two years ago, they used words like "cordial," "conversational" and "not confrontational" to describe him. What they delivered was the polar opposite of that, as has been well documented by Media Matters. Despite CNN's laughable depiction of Beck as "Miss Congeniality," they knew exactly the sort of piffle they were peddling. Their programming strategy stated at the time was to...

" Beck into the type of TV personality that could siphon viewers from Bill O'Reilly, Joe Scarborough and other conservative hosts."

They failed.

Beck's ratings for November 2007 (25-54 demo) reveal a program on life support. At this point the humane thing to do would be to pull the plug and put Beck (and innocent TV viewers) out of their misery.

As shown here, Beck loses to all of his competitors in cable news. Both his live show and his repeat come in 4th out of four programs. That doesn't leave much for him to brag about.

But that's not the end of his problems.