General category for grouping "News" items.

From Alexander Woollcott to "Fake News"

Where does today’s ‘fake news’ come from?

There is no simple answer, but part of it can be traced to the development of journalistic practices and ethics over the course of the 20th century, strictures that the purveyors of ‘fake news’ turn on their heads thanks to technological innovations giving them the ability to make their publications look like real news venues for very little money.

The Power of the People: Blogger & Citizen Journalist Sourcing Beats the Traditional Media

A special hat-tip to Kaili Joy Gray of Daily Kos for this, which appeared in today's Midday Open Thread:

Despite years of traditional media outlets bitching that blogs add nothing to the media landscape but simply live as parasites off recycling original traditional reporting, an academic study of local blogs shows that just isn't true:

In the 1,000 blog posts examined, bloggers used 2,246 sources, of which only 517 were from traditional media, and Watson found that local public-affairs bloggers are more likely to depend on original sources—documents, government databases, shoe-leather reporting (interviews, eyewitness reports, etc.)—than on media sources. "Additionally, when these bloggers do use traditional media sources, they are also likely to use additional, non-media sources," Watson writes.

The bloggers studied use significantly greater numbers of traditional media sources when writing about nonlocal topics, but as Watson notes, their use may be analogous to a local paper's use of a news wire to cover nonlocal news: Neither has the resources to collect nonlocal news.

This also relates, indirectly (or perhaps directly?), to the earlier references to convergence from our own Open Thread this morning.

Neat, eh?


Monday Morning Open Thread: Fires, Floods, Nuclear Plants and Other Minutia - Gadhafi Edition

First up - our environmentally challenged nuclear plants. As in, "the environment around them is going wild."

Regarding the flooding at and around the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station - From ABC News, Nuclear Regulator: No Danger at Flooded Nebraska Plant:

That sounds - and looks - a tad scary. But our top nuclear regulators are on the job, and guess what?

Good news for Nebraska: Top Nuclear Regulator Tours Neb. Nuclear Plant.

I'd keep an eye on this until flood waters recede a bit.

Meanwhile, Wildfire threatens Los Alamos National Lab. Fires and floods. Must be the season of insanity.

In world news, just a brief blurb or two. First, the International Criminal Court issues an arrest warrant for Gadhafi and loud explosions were heard in the center of Libya's capital. Sounds like things are heating up.

Finally, French banks have agreed to roll-over their Greek debt holdings for 30 years. The deal could help ease some of the issues surrounding the Greek financial crisis.

And that's the news blurb for Monday, 27 June 2011.

If you have any news you'd like to add, please feel free to do so in comments - remember, this is an Open Thread.


Daily News - McClatchy Headlines for Thursday June 2, 2011

The Eve of Destruction...Paging Harold Camping.


OK - so, now that the Rapture has come and gone, has anyone seen Harold Camping, or are the rumors true that all that's been found of Harold so far is a spittle-encrusted note that reads:

If you are reading this, you have been found wanting and left behind. - H.C.

Ideally, I'd like it if he took Pat, Rush, Sean and a few others with him...not to some other worldly paradise, of course, but instead to hide on some tiny island somewhere in the Caribbean...

While folks are sorting out whether or not the Rapture occurred and if they've been found wanting or not, here's a tune to entertain those folks still waiting for the "appointed time" to come. Enjoy!


Happy Rapturing, everyone. See ya on the flip side...


BTW - has anyone bothered to point out Matthew 24:36?



Daily News - McClatchy Headlines for Thursday May 12, 2011

Here are headlines from McClatchy's Washington Bureau and McClatchy Newspapers for Thursday, May 12, 2011:








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Headlines from McClatchy: Wednesday, April 11, 2011

Tuesday Morning Open Thread: User News Edition

It's Tuesday, 29 March 2011.

ePluribus Media is edging closer to completing the first set of hurdles in part of our internal updates and restructuring; we should be announcing some additional good news, changes and opportunities soon.

Since we're an organization built of, by and for the People, here's an opportunity for you: register, if you haven't already, and either post a new Commentary (user-contributed news article or opinion) or add a comment below letting us know what's up in your neck of the woods.

This is, of course, an Open Thread. Comment below the fold.



Wednesday Morning News Roundup: Most Viewed and What's Hot, McClatchy and Al Jazeera Edition

Welcome to Wednesday, 23 March 2011. Traditionally called "Hump Day" in some parts due to its location and identification as the "mid-week" milestone, here is a selection of some of the stories currently catching the most attention at sites like McClatchy and Al Jazeera (English):


Most Viewed Last 24 Hours

  1. S.C. Gov. Haley has appointed 26 campaign donors to posts
  2. China buying U.S. aviation firms
  3. As Mideast roils, Al Jazeera finds its 'CNN moment'
  4. Poll: Public already losing patience with new Congress
  5. Libya assault sets up battle between Obama, Congress

Special Reports

Commentary: Immigration rhetoric

Mary Sanchez: The outrageous suggestion that illegal immigrants could be dealt with like feral hogs flew out of Kansas state Rep. Virgil Peck’s mouth and across the Internet. The fact that it slipped out of his mouth so readily indicates that the tenor of the debate over illegal immigration may be reaching dangerous levels.

Special report: Afghan contracts

The U.S. program to spend billions of dollars on Afghanistan's facilities is failing. Corruption, nepotism and mismanagement hobble the reconstruction.

Investigation: Spending the Stimulus

Medill and McClatchy assess the impact of the Obama administration's economic stimulus package. Its benefits have been uneven across the country.

More on Camp Lejeune water

Scientists studying water contamination at Camp Lejeune have learned of another source of leaking fuel near a drinking well that served thousands of Marines and their families.

Al Jazeera

What's Hot

What's news in your neck of the woods? Let us know in the comments below. And as we begin our descent toward the end of the work week and long slow slide into the weekend, please keep your hands, feet and any miscellaneous appendages inside the vehicle...

Use this as an Open Thread.

Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Updates and Changes Edition

As some folks are aware, ePluribus Media has been undergoing a lot of changes and updates behind the scenes. We'll be filling you in on more of them as designs are finalized, structures are put into place and things set into motion.

One thing we're hoping to see before that, however, is a few folks actively returning to paricipating on the community site (this site), posting either in comments or posting news stories or items of possible interest.

If people are interested in learning more about what's going on and think they may be interested, willing and able to be part of the process, let us know...and as you learn more, consider that to be an open invitation to post an inquiry any time or to express interest or offer assistance.

One very definite item: our Journal, dormant for an unavoidably long time, is coming back. It's our flagship - our primary, core product of the collaborative research by vetted investigators, fact-checked and edited then displayed to the world.

We'll be refreshing our Timelines, too, and have two more big surprises in store to be unveiled later, so keep coming back - and say "hi" or drop in a comment once in a while.

Citizen Journalism is a People thing, and you're all "people."

Check out our new motto:

"Citizen Journalism Of, By and For the People"tm

...what are your thoughts? And how's your day going - what's on your mind? Keep in mind, this is an Open Thread.

Saturday Afternoon Open Thread: What's Up In Your Neck Of The Woods, Free-for-all Edition

Today is Saturday, 29 January 2011.

The Northeast was recently pummeled by snow; more is forecast.

How's your winter been? What local and world events are you aware of, or explicitly following?

Use comments in this Open Thead as an opportunity to report anything that is news to you, or of human interest, or even a short bit of meta reflection.

Hawk Invades Library of Congress for a Little Light Reading and Research

Heh...dammit, caught on film...

Here's the lede from the Library of Congress blog, posted by Matt Raymond:

Watching Our Researchers Like A Hawk
by Matt Raymond

You know that poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Allan Poe? The one where a guy holes himself up in a room surrounded by books, only to be pestered by a bird looking over his shoulder? Yeah, that one.

[Photo by Abby Brack/Library of Congress; used w/o permission, but with grateful acknowledgment for a great shot. -- GH]

Well, a few of our researchers might have been getting a similar feeling lately, but on a much grander scale.

What one birder at the Library billed (no pun intended) as a Cooper’s Hawk–crowd-source a correction if I’m wrong–somehow recently got into the Library’s majestic Main Reading Room, and has been winging about ever since. It was first noticed by a patron looking dome-ward yesterday afternoon. I’ll include a few pictures here, taken by our very able Abby Brack.

Naturally, this event has prompted many questions, the most obvious of which being: How on Earth did a Cooper’s Hawk get into the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress?! I can’t answer that. But I can provide a few Q’s followed by a few A’s.

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And I thought the stealth feather suite was working. Must've been on the blink due to storm damage...