Saturday, January 30, 2010

Way Too Funny: How To Do A Package

Funny and unfortunately very true. Future video journalists (let's just scrap the TV name at some point), please pay attention to the man with the British accent.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Check out the archive of our live blogging from the RTDNF News and Terrorism Workshop in STL.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Fans of putting content behind web pay walls: might want to read this one before pulling the trigger...

Feeling Light Headed?

I guess I should be honored. After all, it isn't every day a national political figure reaches out with a "personal" letter. Let there be Light!

You may have seen the Cleveland Plain Dealer's coverage of "Ellie Light", the prolific letter writer published in dozens of newspapers, all listing local addresses.

Wow, now I'm on the list. Lucky me, I guess.

Ellie's took folks at Gannett in the Dairyland to task for apologizing for publishing her letter. Not even getting into discussion over the content, is it fraud to use false pretenses when using a local address?

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My name is Ellie Light, and Gannett Wisconsin Media has officially apologized to Fox News for publishing my letter. Michele Malkin's website, based in Washington DC, had objected to my letter's publication in Wisconsin media, because it wasn't written by a Wisconsin resident.

Here is the letter I wrote that Gannett felt so ashamed for running:

"A year ago, if we had read in the paper that employers were hiring again,
that health care legislation was proceeding without a bump, that
Afghanistan suddenly became a nice place to take your kids, we would've
known we were being lied to. Back then, we recognized that the problems
Obama inherited as President wouldn't go away overnight.

During his campaign, Obama clearly said that an economy that took eight
years to break couldn't be fixed in a year, that Afghanistan was a
graveyard of empires, and would not be an easy venture for us. Candidate
Obama didn't feed us happy-talk, which is why we elected him. He never
said America could solve our health care, economic and security problems
without raising the deficit. Instead, he talked of hard choices, of
government taking painful and contentious first steps towards fixing
problems that can't be left for another day.

Right after Obama's election, we seemed to grasp this. We understood that
companies would be happy to squeeze more work out of frightened employees,
and would be slow to hire more. We understood that the banks that had
extorted us out of billions of dollars, were lying when they said they
would share their recovery. We understood that a national consensus on
health care would not come easily. Candidate Obama never claimed that his
proposed solutions would work flawlessly right out of the box, and we
respected him for that.

But today, the President is being attacked as if he were a salesman who
promised us that our problems would wash off in the morning. He never made
such a promise. It's time for Americans to realize that governing is hard
work, and that a President can't just wave a magic wand and fix

As you can guess, it wasn't the letter's origin that got under the big Fox's skin. I'd say it was the content. What do you think? Anyway, feel free to publish or post it as you see fit. If further verification is required, feel free to call me at XXX XXX XXX. If you Google "Ellie Light," you'll be told all kinds of things about me. Or, you could just call.

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Now back to me.

Whatever "Ellie" wants to write is fine by me; there's a great (recent) history of bloggers and commenting from anonymous folks or those choosing a different handle. Does anyone really believe locations listed on Topix? Newspaper letters to the editor, however, supposedly require a bit more since the print edition stakes credibility on publishing public opinion from real people, not automated or "astroturf" campaigns.

Whatever Ellie thinks, fine -- but does lying about who and where you are mean you lie?


Monday, January 25, 2010

Wind shear diverted us from LGA to BWI (think first 15 minutes of LOST...yeah, that bad) now heading to ATL for CAK. Alphabet soup!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

New York up and back Monday; looking forward to talking with some of the best of the best on W. 57th.
James Quello, FCC Commissioner 1974 to 1998 and acting chairman in 1993, dead today at home outside Washington.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Some damn fine reporting from Sabrina Eaton at the Cleveland PD on letter to the editor snafu...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Browns takes MASen, both AP and CNN say. Globe reports Coakley makes concession call.
Thanks CNN for pointing out most vote totals so far from western MA; place does make a difference. What's Boston voting?
Interesting; MA elections run not by counties but municipalities? Not much info other than early results but not where vote comes from.
Tonight TV media still calls it Ted Kennedy's seat instead of the seat held by the late Sen. Kennedy. Lazy.
Thanks @RTDNA for the wonderful reminder the media isn't supposed to lay down and suck up the scraps.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Haiti: "tragic disconnect" in relief efforts, also reports French can't get relief in to airport.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Testing CoverItLive

Here's a test using CoverItLive with a MacBook Pro:

Monday, January 11, 2010

Good lord! Fox8 reports Hopkins has a bigger generator backup, just never connected. How do people not get fired? MAJORFAIL
Nice reminder that just because it's breaking news doesn't mean it's a surprise. McGwire comes clean:

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Interesting: airport x-rays will see more of us than we'll see of the health care conference committees.