The Scream of the Peacock ... Journalism vs Infotainment

Bumping again for relevance. 11/16/2016
Originally posted 2008-02-07 06:29:02 -- given the current state of the media, well worth bumping -- cho

You guys are just covering — what do they call it — the scream of the peacock, and you’re missing the whole fox hunt. -- Stephen King [Interview in Time Magazine]

A Progressive News service

Re-Posted from Dailykos with permission from StrandedWind

I don't even recall who it was, but someone tweeted about the Knight Foundation News Challenge, and I favorited it for later inspection.

I finally got around to looking at it a few days before it ended and I was kicking myself - last year they gave grants between $75,000 and $400,000 for people who had ideas. Good ideas, mind you, but just ideas ... and we've actually got Progressive Congress News up and running.

So ... step over the fold and help me drag home a great big score for the Progressive community.

Keith Olbermann's Special Comment on News and Objectivity

Sometimes, someone says what needs to be said -- there's more to the truth than the objective idealism of "fair and balanced" which Fox News has turned into a catch-phrase for "partisanship" and propaganda.

In the Special Comment delivered on 15 November 2010, Keith Olbermann talks about the News Media and it's abhorrent record.

Give it a listen.

Comments are open, and welcome.

Karl Rove caught subpoena'd on camera: Not news, film not at 11, why not?!

The sorry-ass state of shareholder value-captured media, just perhaps!?

From yesterday's OpEdNews

Imagine the look of contempt on Karl Rove's face this past Sunday as he swaggered toward his star turn on CBS's Face the Nation only to be served with our subpoena sanctioned by the Secretary of the State of Ohio.
The federal subpoena orders Rove to testify in deposition. Our attorney, Cliff Arnebeck, intends to ask Mr. Rove about his role in the theft if the 2004 election, and to discuss his orchestration of tens of millions of corporate/billionaire dollars in the one coming up on November 2, 2010.

The Decline of American television

Does anybody out there remember what television was like in the 1970s?

Back in the 1970s we had TV shows like Welcome back Kotter, Barney Miller, Chico and the Man, M*A*S*H*, All in the Family. WKRP in Cincinnati, the ABC After school special and Fat Albert.

The main thing that binds all of these TV shows together was that all of these shows had a social message. They taught important lessons. They taught about the importance of trying to resolve problems without violence, the stupidity of racism, the ugliness of war, the importance of social justice, the importance of getting a good education, the importance of accepting of people who are different than you are, the importance of staying off of drugs and other social messages as well.

We also had Schoolhouse rock which helped to educate America's children.

That was then. This is now.

Print ain’t dead

Interesting case study of a profitable community newspaper.  The paper is free and the profits come from "targeted ad sales". 

hmmm ....

Print ain’t dead: How an ad-man-turned publisher is building a local news empire profitably in Texas

John P. Garrett says he worries he sounds like someone from the early 1990s who predicted there would never be a computer in every home. Garrett’s the Texas publisher of seven neighborhood editions of a monthly newspaper called Community Impact Newspaper. And he’s not looking online to grow his business. The difference between him and the Luddite computer naysayer is that, so far at least, he’s been right. His business is profitable, and he’s expanding. 


DXC Staffer receives Clinton Honors

DAYTON, OH – University of Dayton graduate student and Dayton Christian Center (DXC) Fellow Drew Formentini has been selected as a participant in the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative to be held April 16-18 at the University of Miami, FL.

Coming up...Reviews and New Opportunities

Hiya, folks. As you may have noticed, ePluribus Media is doing some updates. These updates are both internal and external -- some you'll see, others will happen behind the scenes.

As with all such efforts, your feedback and contributions are always appreciated; please feel free to sprinkle a few in the comments.

Upcoming on ePluribus Media in terms of content is a review of Public Journalism 2.0: The Promise and Reality of a Citizen-Engaged Press, edited by Jack Rosenberry and Burton St. John III. Our own Aaron Barlow contributed to it (he wrote Chapter 5), and I was fortunate enough to be quoted. The topic is both relevant and timely, coming shortly on the heels of news regarding how Susie Dow's Iraq, Contingency Contracting and the Defense Base Act started a series of events that culminated in the Department of Labor finally recognizing the benefits claim of the Kirk von Ackermann's family -- six long years after Kirk disappeared in Iraq, in what the Army CID determined was a clear-cut case of abduction and murder. Kudos again, Susie, and our thanks for your dogged pursuit of justice.

I'll be posting my review of Public Journalism 2.0 in the next day or two. Keep an eye out for it.

Other things are happening -- some still in the planning stages but moving forward. More on all this later. In the meantime, have a great weekend.

Holiday Aftermath Day [Updated]

The Thanksgiving holiday in the US has now ended; if you celebrated it with family, friends or in solo form, let us know how it went. (We live vicariously through the experiences of others.)

In terms of interesting news that occurred over the holidays, apparently Dubai World is in danger of defaulting on a $60 billion in loan repayments (hat-tip Jimdotz @ DailyKos):

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Just a year after the global downturn derailed Dubai's explosive growth, the city is now so swamped in debt that it's asking for a six-month reprieve on paying its bills — causing a drop on world markets Thursday and raising questions about Dubai's reputation as a magnet for international investment.

The fallout came swiftly and was felt globally after Wednesday's statement that Dubai's main development engine, Dubai World, would ask creditors for a "standstill" on paying back its $60 billion debt until at least May.

This, of course, is not something the financial sector would give thanks for, as it gives the term "Black Friday" a more ominous shade of meaning (hat-tip Moby for the analogy).

[Update: For more information and a useful update about why this isn't a reason to panic, go here.]

In other news,

That's it for now. What's eating you?

Irritating little tidbits that are stuck in my craw

A couple of things are stuck in my craw at the moment:

Doesn't Track...

Dunno about anyone else, but the alleged message from Osama Bin Laden this past June doesn't track for me:


In his latest message in June, bin Laden said U.S. President Barack Obama had planted the seeds of "revenge and hatred" toward the United States in the Muslim world.

That seems too...Cheney-esque, as if in response to a Bush message.

Anybody else finding that to be a bit "weird"? Kinda wingnutty-flavored, imo...

Feeding the Hungry


Food stamp list soars past 35 million: USDA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 35 million Americans received food stamps in June, up 22 percent from June 2008 and a new record as the country continued to grapple with the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Yes, another gift that keeps on giving -- the fruitful bounty of a collapsed economy, courtesy of 8 years of Republican "compassionate conservative" 'leadership' and fiscal goodness.

Thanks, folks. We appreciate how strongly you like to drive home the point that you're only "in it to win it" and don't give an actual damn about the nation or our people, so -- while we're thinking about it -- could you now kindly shut the hell up and stop messing with the healthcare debate?

I know quite a few people who are in dire need of a strong public option, and you sidewinders are lying, cheating and fomenting violence & discord simply to prevent a viable reform from happening.Get the hell out of the way -- your ideas have damaging our nation for too long. You lost the election by a wide margin, and the rest of America gave the incoming party a new mandate: Pay attention and take care of the nation and her people, or we'll kick you to the curb like your predecessors.

That's the extemely short Extreme Short List. There's waaaay to much to simply start listing them out.

Happy Saturday, folks. (ed. -- heh, oops. Friday. -- GH)

News Flash -- A Glimpse of Current Top Headlines

Here's an early-evening sweep of some basic news items circulating the internets at this time, courtesy of a jaunt through Google News:

News from China about Stateside salmonella outbreaks:

Salmonella outbreak sickens at least nine in two US states -- Xinhuanet

Financial and Political news:

US Bank Failures Rise to 72 With Collapses in Florida, Oregon -- Bloomberg

US Cuts Less Jobs Than Forecast -- NY Times

Clinton and South African Discuss Somalia and Sudan -- NY Times

GOP's Martinez says he'll leave Senate early -- Boston Globe

Black Hole:

Particle Collider: Black Hole or Crucial Machine? -- ABC News

These are for the birds:

Of rooks and rocks: Birds live up to their fabled reputation -- LA Times


Clever rooks repeat ancient fable -- BBC News

On the Global Climate Change side,

Glacier melt accelerating, federal report concludes -- Los Angeles Times

And that's the news.

Michael Jackson's Death Boosts Readership Of LGBT Newscenter

It's a sad fact but Michael Jackson's death boosted The LGBT Newscenter's readership to over 500 on Thursday creating the highest one day readership since readership tracking of the site was started a week ago.

With the live CBS News feed featuring coverage from KCBS-TV and then late in the evening another Los Angeles TV station, it provided LGBT Internet users non-stop television coverage for several hours of the sad breaking news of Jackson's death.

A special West Coast edition of The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric was also streamed live.

Also on The LGBT Newsc

Quote Of The Day From A Newspaper Man

In Sunday's Danbury newspaper, The News-Times, was an article which reports about starting today (Monday) the paper will no longer be printed in Danbury and 9 more people (the pressman) have lost their jobs. Several former co-workers which I have happened to see over the past couple of weeks have described the building as one big echo chamber because so many people have been let go.

World News Sunday

Obama's Spending Plans May Pose Political Risks

Concern Mounts in White House as 2010 Elections Loom

Washington Post Staff Writer 
Sunday, June 14, 2009

After enjoying months of towering poll numbers, legislative victories and well-received foreign policy initiatives, the White House has become increasingly concerned that President Obama's spending plans, which would require $9 trillion in government borrowing over the next decade, could become a political liability that defines the 2010 midterm elections. 

The concern was reflected in the aggressive response from administration officials to criticism that money from Obama's stimulus plan is arriving too slowly to help the languishing economy, as well as in the president's public endorsement of "pay as you go" legislation, which would require Congress to make room for new non-discretionary spending with equivalent cuts to other parts of the budget. Yesterday, Obama also outlined billions of dollars in savings that would be used to pay for his health-care reform proposal