In These Times: DNC Leaks Show How Blatantly Democrats Trade Access For Donations.
Smells funny, all of this. The media is dogpiling too hard on the Democrats right now. I feel they know a Trump win would keep them in clover, even beyond a Clinton win.
During yesterday’s visit to the gym, I’m working on the ellipticals behind all the other rows of equipment. I don’t watch television as I work out, but I can see what others are watching. As various people are watching RNC reruns, and and others intently gazing at media wonks placing bets on Wasserman-Schultz’ departure, the music on the overhead loudspeakers changes from the usual bump-thump to something strangely familiar. I realize I recognize it, through the haze of sweat ... and I nearly fall off the trainer laughing. “Sheep”, by Pink Floyd. Followed by ... “Reason to Believe”, by Springsteen. And, as people will do, they all start to step/pedal/ellipticalize to the songs’ rhythms. Then it all went back to current bump-thump music.
Just for a moment, it seems Clear Channel (or whatever service the gym uses) had an individual with a perspicacious sense of humor.
A moment I’ll treasure, courtesy a spin of life’s dice.
Repost from Facebook today.
PS Mag: The Sand Fire in Santa Clarita Offers Omens of a Fiery Future.
“Southern California’s latest wildfire is a sign of things to come.” Um, no. Las Conchas was. To be honest, I think Cerro Grande  was the harbinger. But Las Conchas burned roughly 1 acre per second - 43,000 acres - on the first day. Because we’re not near either of the two coasts, apparently precedent doesn’t matter.
NY Times, Public Editor: Why Readers See The Times as Liberal.
A surprising read, in many ways.
Political Wire: The End of the Republican Party.
FishbowlNY: The Atlantic Prints 25,000 Additional Copies of July/August Issue.
Guardian.UK: Hillary Clinton email investigation ends in ‘no charges’.
“We’re going to have hearings.” Does Ryan know what an SSL cert is? I’m not sure anyone serving does ...
The Nation: The GOP’s War on Voting Is Working.
If’n you wanna get mad.
The Atlantic: When Student Activists Refuse to Talk to Campus Newspapers.
“Student activists at Smith College told student journalists they would be barred from a black-solidarity rally unless they vowed to ‘participate and articulate their solidarity with black students and students of color.’” One wonders what happens to these kids when they hit the real world, and it sticks a big fat finger in their eye.
NY Times: Brexit Proponents’ False Promises Crumble.
Okay, kids. You see the problem here, yes? WHERE WAS THE NEWS MEDIA? Where were the debunking articles? The in-depth stories? This is a HUGE warning for our upcoming election. You’re subscribed to entertainment rags, not hard journalism sources.
We have to start demanding better from journalism. Facts, not innuendo. No editorializing but on the Editorials page. More.
THIS is our challenge for the future. What is “news”? What is legitimate “journalism” in the internet age, when clickthroughs pay the bills? How can we have real news without sensationalism or fantasy?
WaPo: In new poll, support for Trump has plunged, giving Clinton a double-digit lead.
Interesting, how news titles are being created. Notice T is mentioned first, in nearly every case.
Bloomberg: That $5,000 TV Ad May Run $100,000 Now for Political Conventions.
Ugh. “Just the facts” won’t exist this political season.
CJR: Big investigation of slaughterhouse safety highlights the promise of media partnerships.
Used to be, partnerships weren’t needed. The profit models are all different now. Unless they band together, there’ll be no long-term in-depth reporting.
If a speaker’s using a teleprompter, it should appear in any videos taken. Likewise, kickback monitors (video screens at the foot of the stage, a la Steve Jobs fictional ‘ad libbing’) should be cut to occasionally, so viewers know the source of the rhetoric.
Anything else is fiction. Journalism isn’t supposed to be perpetrating fiction.
BillMoyers: America Has a Republican Problem — and the Media is Partly to Blame.
“... the Republican Party, with its history of dog-whistle racism, sexism, homophobia, nativism, and gun addiction, salted now by incipient fascism, has been legitimized by the mainstream media for years.” All in the interest of keeping the old Fairness Doctrine at an arm’s length. And it ain’t just happening for the Red side of the aisle. Get the DLC dinos out of Washington. They’ve been ‘legitimized’ way too long as well.
FishbowlNY: NY Times - NRA Is Complicit in Terrorism.
I think the boldness of the NY Post is forcing forthrightness at the Times. That’s a good thing. A salutary aspect of 80’s/90’s Manhattan was simple matter-of-factness.
ProPublica: An Unbelievable Story of Rape.
Long. Stick with it until the end. An amazingly well-written bit of journalism.
Aeon: Free speech is vital to human flourishing, but it’s in a decade-long slump.
The Atlantic: No Driver’s License, No Job.
I miss in-depth reporting from media. Ah, for the old days. We’d have a television special or something about a first-person experience of this kind of situation. No money for it now, seemingly. Independent filmmakers, here’s your niche.
Guardian.UK: Rancher on horseback lassoes would-be bike bandit in Walmart parking lot.
Techdirt: New York Times Says Fair Use Of 300 Words Will Run You About $1800.
FYI. I asked in 2000 via direct phone call about blogging excerpts. They said (NY Times, WaPo): “Source identified clearly, no more than three sentences and a link back.” I’ve pretty much tried to stick to that policy throughout my blogging career. Perhaps it is time for another phone call.
The New Yorker: The Media Called the Democratic Race a Day Early.
The media seems intent on putting their collective thumb on this election, particularly today’s primaries. It’s not at all ethical, and I don’t like it. The Clinton campaign has *not* declared the win, though many sources are making it sound as if she had.
This is egregious manipulation, and I’m offended. I am taking note of the sources, and they’re being eliminated from my news feeds.
Vanity Fair: Can Anyone Save The New York Times from Itself?.
“It is impossible to imagine a world without The New York Times. But it is also increasingly impossible to imagine how The New York Times, as it is currently configured, continues to exist in the modern media world.” NYT cuts 200 staffers from a newsroom of 1,300. Interesting view into the workings of the Times.
naked cap: “Networks are Colluding” to Declare Clinton the Winner Before California Polls Close.
Perhaps. Let’s see what actually transpires.
FishbowlNY: WSJ Editor Reminds Staff to be ‘Fair’ to Trump.
“... Baker’s remarks did not go over well with staffers. Some of them considered the speech ‘an insult or admonition.’” Being truthful is being fair, is it not?