Big Media Companies, “What Are They Afraid Of?”

By: Friday October 31, 2014 5:48 pm

For Halloween I’m reminded of a book reading I attended in San Francisco where I asked Matt Taibbi what companies like Goldman Sachs were afraid of. His answer was, “Not journalists!” then he laughed. Next he said, “They are worried about a few left over SEC regulations that they haven’t bought off yet.”

 

As Unemployed Lose Benefits DC Enjoys A Wonderful Year Of Patronage

By: Tuesday December 24, 2013 11:50 am

In DC, it’s been a hell of a year. DC residents are enjoying a personal income boom thanks to the kind of patronage found in the Ryan-Murray budget. Special interests are getting rich off of near endless taxpayer money.

A 9/11 Takeaway: Media Consolidation in Action

By: Wednesday September 11, 2013 4:45 pm

I wish sometimes that the various news divisions within these organizations still reflected the pioneers of broadcast journalism. Even as he sometimes did commercial shows, Edward R Murrow brought in depth reporting. Walter Cronkite did a few appearances in network shows and movies but maintained his credibility. NBC gave us Chet Huntley and David Brinkley then John Chancellor. I would hesitate to designate any current news anchors from these big 5 broadcast media groups as an heir to these men. Instead of a Huntley or Brinkley, we get Disco Dave Gregory and his dance party.

That one shoe you may have forgotten finally dropped

By: Wednesday June 19, 2013 1:30 am

I know it seems rather quaint compared to what the NSA can do, but cases against Rupert Murdoch’s Newscorp continue to percolate along in regard to the hacking of phone calls.

What has been missing, is a suit alleging that News Corp hacked into phones in America.

News Corp Disputes DOJ Notified Them of Phone Records Subpoena

By: Monday May 27, 2013 8:30 am

News Corporation, parent company of Fox News, publicly disputed claims made by the Department of Justice concerning notifications received in the James Rosen press spying case. While DOJ asserts it notified News Corp of the subpoena that led to them seizing phone records of a journalist, News Corp said it had no records of any such notification.

The Cost to Destroy a Left-Wing Institution? For ACORN It’s Under $300,000, So Far

By: Saturday March 9, 2013 10:15 am

Fired ACORN Worker Wins $100,000 Settlement From Republican Con-Artist James O’Keefe.

FCC Plan to Gut Media Ownership Rules Would Benefit Rupert Murdoch

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 4:29 pm

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski would like the FCC to vote on a plan to gut media ownership rules. If approved, News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch, who has been considering buying more media, would benefit. The proposal would also allow for more media consolidation.

Using innocuous language to describe a proposal that should raise alarm, Genachowski stated yesterday that he wanted the FCC to “streamline and modernize media ownership rules.” This would include “eliminating outdated prohibitions on newspaper-radio and TV-radio cross-ownership.”

Lakeside Diner

By: Friday August 24, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches/videos on current issues that may be of interest.

Lakeside Diner

By: Wednesday August 8, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.

News of the World Editors, Journalists Indicted in Phone Hacking Scandal

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 1:10 pm

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, two top editors at the now-defunct paper News of the World, have been indicted in the phone-hacking scandal that caused the paper’s shutdown and rocked Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp empire. Coulson, before stepping down last year, was actually the communications director for British Prime Minister David Cameron. Five News of the World journalists were also indicted.

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