Posts Tagged: media

links for 2011-09-27

The Big Sexy Problem with Superheroines and Their 'Liberated Sexuality' – ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews These aren't those women. They're how dudes want to imagine those women would be — what Wire creator David Simon called writing "men with t*ts." They read like men's voices coming out of women's

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Journalists vs. Pundits

I disagree with about 90% of what Meghan McCain believes in, but in general I think she’s a likable girl. I think part of that is because in the back of my head, I think she’s really a closeted liberal just waiting for the light bulb to go on so she can come out of

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You say Goth like it’s a bad thing…

I was kinda surprised at this NYTimes headline this morning on the front page: “Goth: Seems Like You Just Can’t Kill It” Given that goth kids get harassed and are the targets of violence all over the country, the headline seems rather inflammatory. And besides that — does someone want Goth to go away? The

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Democracy Now producer Nicole Salazar films her own arrest

I mentioned in an earlier post that the Minneapolis police arrested journalist Amy Goodman outside the Republican National Convention when she came outside from the floor of the convention after hearing that her producers had been arrested while reporting on the protests outside. This was reported widely in the mainstream press — here is an

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Damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t

The day after Hillary Clinton delivered one of the best political speeches in American history — CNN has come out with this bit of fucking loveliness: (CNN) — What did Hillary Clinton’s body language give away at the Democratic National Convention? Dan Hill, a body language expert and author of “Face Time,” told CNN that

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Financial Times Columnist fails at life

This lovely article on The Financial Times: Lunch with the FT: Gloria Steinem, says By Chrystia Freeland: For most of this decade, the conventional wisdom has had it that feminism in America is dead – or, at least, irrelevant. The New York Times talked to female students at Yale and found them to be mostly

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WTF? ABC News is full of shit

via Shakeville – this lovely gem appeared on ABC news yesterday. What the hell is this about? Do they actually think that WE think this is news? Do they think anyone seeing this wouldn’t recognize it for the sexist, misogynist smear job that it is? I was sorta halfway still on the fence between Obama

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Newsweek’s Howard Fineman seems to be smoking the crack

Howard Fineman on the Chris Matthews Show, discussing the Democrats in 2008: Mr. FINEMAN: If they can’t win this one, the Democrats deserve to go the way of the Whigs, which is a political party that disappeared. Now why did it disappear? It disappeared because it couldn’t deal with the biggest issue of the time,

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Indiana Student Paper Censors Gay Tolerance

(via Advance Indiana) from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Woodlan editorial on gays ignites firestorm Principal demands prior review, warns teacher By Kelly Soderlund The Journal Gazette A student editorial in the Woodlan Junior-Senior High School newspaper calling for more tolerance for gays and lesbians sparked the principal to seek approval of each edition before

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Journalist under criminal charges for filming Katrina evacuees

A journalist and a TV producer working on a piece about Katrina refugees have been charged with the crime of videotaping a “critical national security structure” in Louisiana… Palast Charged with Journalism in the First Degree: On August 22, for LinkTV and Democracy Now! we videotaped the thousands of Katrina evacuees still held behind a

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Local News and Online Reporting

WTHR has this story on their website: Study: Omega 3 can save lives Experts say beefing up intake of Omega 3 fatty acids can save lives more than AED’s and implanted defibrillators. Omega 3 is found in foods like fish and nuts, and some experts believe they can lower the risk for heart attack because

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Cross-dresser doused with gasoline (?)

“Cross-dresser doused with gasoline” is a headline in today’s IndyStar. That’s the kind of headline that makes my heart stop. Fortunately, it didn’t have a tragic outcome. And the story itself seemed to have little to do with the person in question being a cross-dresser, so I wonder why it made a headline, other than

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Quotes

“… because we watched a debate from the House of Representatives about the Iraq Resolution, and it did seem like – you ever been to Trafalgar Square, where they have the, uh, speaker’s corner where, like, crazy people get up on a box, and go, “Harrumph! And Roosevelt stole my couch!” You know, that kind

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RiShawn Biddle Doesn’t Know Anything About Blogs

I participated in a panel of bloggers this morning, addressing the PRSA (Public Relations Society of America, Hoosier Chapter) to talk about local blogs with public relations people. Here are my fellow panelists: RiShawn Biddle, Editorial Writer, The IndyStar, and Expresso blog Jennifer Wagner, Taking Down Words blog Gary Welsh, Advance Indiana blog Matt Tully,

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Conservatives were cry-baby children

That’s just too funny for words: Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative. At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids from

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Advance Indiana, Carson’s Challenger, and Ted Fleischaker

Julia Carson is facing a democratic challenger to her office — a gay man, Kris Kiser, with very little political experience. Much of the GLBT community supports Carson, who has been a friend of ours politically and gone to bat on gay issues with no hesitancy whatsoever. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Rep. Tammy Baldwin

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Chris Matthews suggests that gay people are burning churches

What the hell? Chris Matthews suggested that gay people are responsible for a series of church burnings that occurred last Thursday in Alabama. See the video of his suggestions (made with out any proof). MATTHEWS: Is there anything in the papers down there where a Baptist church has taken a position on some social issue,

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NBC’s partisan double standard

Last week, NBC allowed Chris Matthews to say, on the air, that Osama bin Laden sounds like Michael Moore. This week, though, when Rachel Maddow made a much more apt comparison on Tucker Carlson’s show, saying: This is a global war on terror. This is a war for you or for us to win. You

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Chris Matthews is also a homophobe

Chris Matthews also had this to say about the movie Brokeback Mountain on the Don Imus radio show: MATTHEWS (1/18/06): Have you gone to see it yet? I’ve seen everything else but that. I just— IMUS: No, I haven’t seen it. Why would I want to see that? MATTHEWS: I don’t know. No opinion on

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Osama bin Laden still alive, Chris Matthews is a jerk.

I’m sure you’ve all heard that a tape has surfaced of Osama bin Laden’s voice, indicating that he’s still alive. That was probably quite a blow to the Bush White House, because they’ve been quietly planting the story about that he died in December… Christian Science Monitor, 12/21/2005: US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said

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IndyStar’s “In Touch” Blog

Read this blog entry from Jocelyn-Tandy Torkwase Adande: An individual’s sexual preference should be a private matter. Recently, the Democratic caucus of the City-County Council attached an ordinance relating to sexual orientation to a human rights bill that also allows 15 percent of all business contracts with the city of Indianapolis to be awarded to

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Why the media can’t get Wikipedia right

I recently had a short conversation with a woefully misinformed person about Wikipedia, wherein they claimed that “It’s going to be shut down!” and “They’re getting sued!” Nope, on both counts. They were discussing, without much understanding, John Seigenthaler Sr.’s USAToday op-ed piece about the popular online open-source encyclopedia. David Weinberger analyzes the “controversy” and

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Newspaper Names

For a brain-storming session on a name for a new local Indianapolis paper, these were some of our ideas. Apparently, I’m the only one who thinks the name “Naptown Argus” as a Indianapolis newspaper is laugh-out-loud funny. Hmmm. Too much Greek Mythology as a child, not enough playing outside. (edited to add suggestions from reader

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Top Ten Conservative Idiots (#113)

Courtesy Democratic Underground. In which Bill O’Reilly threatens to shoot Al Franken because Franken is smarter than he is and made him look bad at a book expo. Aw, poor Bill. Also, the Catholic church accuses gay people of hate crimes for kissing. Gee, that’s so similar to Matt Shepard being beaten to death and

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Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

Cool websites: Peacefire: Open Access for the Net Generation. Wait, wait, here’s another one: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. Also, the Michael Moore book – Stupid White Men: And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! my brother Todd recommended really rocks. I’m about half-way through. Good stuff.

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