Late Night: What’s The Value of TV Journalism? Analysis of Episode Two of The Newsroom

By: Wednesday November 26, 2014 8:00 pm

There was a scene in The Newsroom’s second episode this season where Charlie, the network president, explains to the two rich kids working on a hostile takeover that what the news division of ACN does and says is important. ACN, he explains, is like NBC and CNN, they are the face and voice of the parent corporation.

That really struck me. I liked it. Suddenly I was Fox Mulder quoting from the poster above my desk. “I want to believe.”


The ALL NEW Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate – Book Salon Preview

By: Saturday November 8, 2014 8:54 am

Since it became an international bestseller in 2004, Don’t Think of an Elephant! has been the definitive handbook for progressives who want to articulate their goals and values to voters, understand how conservatives think and why people often vote against their best interests, and frame the political debate.

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.”

Late Night: Homeland Discussion: Drone Queen “..find me a way to spin this!”

By: Tuesday October 7, 2014 8:00 pm

This is a post about Homeland, season 4 episode one, part one titled ”Drone Queen.” This is chock full of spoilers, but it’s not a recap or review, more of a starting point to talk about issues that strike me. If you haven’t watched the episode and intend to, scroll on by.

Why Did We Give JPMorgan Months To Reveal They Were Hacked?

By: Sunday October 5, 2014 4:00 pm

Lots of people have read that the JPMorgan Chase data intrusion started in June and went until mid-August. Maybe you read some of the technical publications that covered it like ARSTechnica, The long game: How hackers spent months pulling bank data from JPMorgan or maybe some business press back then JPMorgan Hackers Came In the Front Door — in June.

Late Night: When Corporate Sponsors Leave ALEC and Rush, What We Learn

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 8:00 pm

When we go to the interested third parties and educate them, many of those real winners are disgusted with what they hear. Combining that education with appeals to both personal and stated corporate values systems and you have a solid package to help them decide to walk away.

Can John Oliver Writer Scott Sherman Help Expose Gen. Keane’s General Dynamics Connection?

By: Monday September 29, 2014 6:10 pm

Hey Scott,

I’d love you to do a segment for John Oliver about how the network TV shows aren’t telling the public that the retired generals selling the Syrian bombing and ISIS war actually work for the military contractors who profit from the war.

What Rush Limbaugh’s Attack on Activists Is Telling Us

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 6:47 am

Leslie Salzillo wrote a great diary that breaks down the ‘secret story’ that Rush Limbaugh’s crisis communications person wrote about the StopRush movement. Rush Limbaugh Must Be Terrified – He’s Releasing Secret ‘Facts’ About StopRush

Salzillo does a great job pointing out all the nonsense in the report. I want to point out to people why Rush is attacking activists now and how I view the attack as a gift to the community of people alerting advertisers.

Rush’s Report “The Hidden Story Behind Stop Rush” tells us what they are telling the distributors, radio stations and sales reps. That’s good news, activists can use that information to keep pushing.

View NFL Player Crimes in Interactive Graphical Form

By: Friday September 19, 2014 3:30 pm

Can’t keep track of which NFL player has committed what crime? Want to avoid filling in your Fantasy Football League with past or current domestic violence felons?

Why Are The Tricks Used To Sell War in 2003 Working in 2014? Have We Learned Nothing?

By: Sunday September 14, 2014 6:45 am

“You can’t change the world with words Bill, unless you write those words in the evening news with blood.” – Tom Bowen, In the movie Non-Stop Glenn Beck tried to cash in on the feeling of unity many had after 9/11. His 9/12 project in 2009 was BS. But he did understand there was unity [...]

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