Posts Tagged ‘journalism’

‘New media’ absorption — another signal

Sorry to bang on about it, but the ‘blogosphere’ is more and more entering and becoming part of what some self-described ‘True Bloggers’ appear to think of as their mortal enemy, the ‘Mainstream Media’ (boo hiss) 🙂 Today’s exhibit: Congratulations to the Huffington Post and Politico — both of which I read (often through their […]

The web: almighty humbler of power, or useful tool?

Worth a read: this brief article by Dan Zak at The Washington Post Woodward and Bernstein: Could the Web generation uncover a Watergate-type scandal? discussing how a ubiquitous internet has so seized the world-view of even bright people that they think journalistic ‘sleuthing’ can be done online and that no corrupt power can but kneel […]

Poisonous Andrew Breitbart – the attack was everything, the details nothing

A fitting obituary of Andrew Breitbart from David Frum includes a reference to ‘culture war‘ and how some protagonists fight it: Attack with an INDIFFERENCE to truth and fairness. … In fact, it’s hard even to use the word “issues” in connection with Andrew Breitbart. He may have used the words “left” and “right,” but […]

Do your opinions invalidate your reporting? – continued

I can see both sides of this conflict, which is rarely spelt out so plainly. Honolulu mayoral candidate tries to get Civil Beat reporter thrown off campaign by Andrew Beaujon Published Feb. 17, 2012 11:38 am Poynter Institute Former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano is running for mayor in Honolulu. And he does not like what […]

Shit journalists say…

I recognize some of these! via stuff journalists like (not Fairfax stuff) The “We’ll do it live!” meme is, of course, Bill O’Reilly’s contribution to the planet. – P

Media neutrality vs being truthful

We’ve talked before about my distinction (not just mine!) between being ‘impartial‘ (or big O objective) versus being FAIR — which I (naively?) primarily define as telling the truth. Some partisans (who shall remain charitably nameless lest we upset their finely-balanced narcotic calm) seem to me to frequently stoop to spinning half-truths or outright lies […]

I like this kind of news story

A report purporting to show potentially historic levels of support from Jewish voters for Mitt Romney in a general election matchup with Barack Obama appears to be either profoundly flawed or simply fabricated. … I like it when journos look behind claims and debunk them. Read it at Huffington Post – P

Mitt Romney: Arranged marriage?

There’s some typically solid and insightful analysis of the US Republican race on Politico. A good article on the dual nature of Newt Gingrich’s relationship with the ‘working press’ in Newt’s secret press pals by Ginger Gibson is worth a read: The same candidate who on Thursday decried “the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much […]

Blogger not news media … continued

A leaked instruction manual for a cell phone has led to this: Judge: Blogger not a reporter, must turn over information-Chicago Tribune A spokesman for the blog, which has a staff of writers and editors, said the case is the first time in Illinois a judge has been asked to rule whether a blogger is […]

Lack of truthtelling devastates media, old & new

Forget (for now) the place of unwanted ‘opinion’ in ‘news’ (or somewhere near by) — there’s a bigger issue at stake in modern media … whether (or not!) to call out politicians and other newsmakers for false statements they make. As noted elsewhere, I am troubled by political activists and proxies masquerading (or fancying themselves) as […]

Paris Review: Hunter S. Thompson

As I noted, I’m reading (and thoroughly enjoying) Gonzo. So I looked up his Paris Review Interview: Hunter S. Thompson, The Art of Journalism No. 1 – Interviewed by Douglas Brinkley, Terry McDonell A great read. -P

Stop asking

Excellent article on the blogger claiming rights of a journalist controversy by Rebecca J. Rosen at The Atlantic … Perceiving attack, the Internet’s collective fur shot up on its back: Do bloggers not merit the same protections as journalists? Many people have argued that the medium in which you publish should have no bearing as […]

Law Commission issues paper on new media

Download the issues paper or a summary here at the NZ Law Commission website. The News Media meets ‘New Media’: Rights, Responsibilities and Regulation in the Digital Age Published 12 Dec 2011 The Law Commission is seeking New Zealander’s views on the standards and accountabilities which should apply to the news media and citizen publishers […]

‘YOU don’t say who or who isn’t a journalist’

Here’s an article worth reading, which relates in a peripheral manner to our recent discussion about definitions of ‘news media’ vis-à-vis bloggers. I Was Arrested at Occupy Bronx—for Writing About It – Carla Murphy, The Daily Beast 10 Dec …While the four protesters left, I stayed behind to complain to Captain Garcia. His flank, as […]


I’m reading this oral history-style biography of one of my heroes, Hunter S. Thompson which I picked up at Real Groovy in Queen Street last weekend. Good book. I’ve been reading Thompson since being astonished by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in the late1970s. I always found his writing worthwhile, particularly his political reportage […]