More on the media media

One of our main missions is to watch the watchdogs, and judging from this story about GOP influence at CBS, we have plenty of work to do. CBS's corporate cowardice is enough to turn one's stomach.

In other news about news:

The Winston-Salem Journal says "thumbs up" to a legislative plan to let us watchdog watchers watch committee meetings without media intermediaries.

Blackwater releases a new release that denies everything, naturally.

Lest We Forget

As reported by Jeremy Scahill in the Nation:

... the US Justice Department appears to be on the verge of handing down the first indictments against armed private forces for crimes committed in Iraq. The reported targets of the "draft" indictments: six Blackwater operatives involved in the September 16, 2007, killing of seventeen Iraqi civilians in Baghdad's Nisour Square.

How to stay involved after the election

"Are you suffering from rested feet, restless dial finger syndrome, or general lack of wonkitis? You may be suffering from post-election blues. Yes, after an election where you have spent every waking moment on a campaign, there can be side effects that occur after the election. Well, finally there is some relief for post-election blues, and it is also a great way to stay involved."

(read instructions below carefully, and if symptoms persist, ask your Doctor about Universal Healthcare)

On blogger ethics

In his "Ask a journalist" post yesterday, Greg posted a link to an interesting discussion about the relationships between blogs and old media. I found this section particularly interesting:

If “ethics” are the codification in rules of the practices that lead to trust on the platform where the users actually are—which is how I think of them—then journalists have their ethics and bloggers have theirs.

  • They correct themselves early, easily and often.

Sunday reading

Like a lot of places, there was a good bit of post-election flag hoisting in my neighborhood, including a rather large one one my wife bought for the occasion.
This morning the N&O decided to take a look at what they call a resurgence of patriotism among the left. It's a rather formulaic story — couple of quotes from people who are now flying flags, couple of out-of-state professors explaining how we feel about the country back to us and, of course, a couple of paragraphs echoing right wing talking points from the campaign.

Richard Moore: Right on Wachovia

As many know, Treasure Richard Moore has taken a very public stand calling for Wachovia to remain an independent bank. At first, the free-market side of brain couldn't see the value of government interference in a deal between Wells Fargo and Wachovia. But after reading Moore's column in today's O-No! - and after studying the chain of events that led to this shady deal, I'm convinced Richard Moore is right. The deal should not go forward.

Retrospective: Dear Governor-Elect Perdue

I dipped into the BlueNC archives today. What a difference five years makes.

Dear Governor Perdue.

We haven't always seen eye-to-eye on issues and campaign strategies. But I have heard you talk at least a half-dozen times over the past year, and you made some pretty big promises. I'm writing today to ask that you keep them.

During your campaign for governor, you jumped on the Obama change bandwagon and assured voters that your administration would not be business as usual. You promised a new level of transparency in government and a commitment to representing all the people of North Carolina, not just those who helped you get elected by raising lots of money.

As you move forward to fill critical jobs in your administration and key board positions, we're all out here expecting you to do what you promised. Rumors are swirling on every front, and I'm hoping most of them are wrong.

Ask a Journalist

I'm not a journalist but I've been surrounded by them for the past day and will be again today at Capitolbeat 2008 a national conference of statehouse reporters and editors being held in Raleigh. This afternoon, in the graveyard shift of conferences, just before happy hour, I'll be on a panel called "Ask a Blogger". The good news is that this session will be in a bar. The bad news is that I'll be a blogger surrounded by journalists in a bar. So to turn the tables and to allow for an exchange of information I want to give you an opportunity to "Ask a Journalist" all those burning questions about the mainstream media.


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