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    I thought I would start a thread on all things media. The motivation is simple: there is a lot of talk about Faux News, The Lamestream Media, etc. etc. here but little actual information about such organizations. I was thinking of starting with Faux News excuse me Fox News, but I don't actually watch it much or care that much about it (although it was funny on election day when I put it on and the reporters and commentators were almost crying). I know also that some forum members find it odd that I post from Der Spiegel. I find Der Spiegel to have more interesting articles and to play it "more down than the middle" than American networks, magazines, and newspapers - certainly more so than Fox News.

    Anyway, the news organization I have the most respect for is the Associated Press, both for their news reports and their "enterprise reporting." I feel that the people writing for it, either the full-time employees or the employees of other organizations, play it straight as responsible journalists interested in conveying the truth. I also appreciate the "AP Style" of straight news reporting - where since the articles are subject to shortening the most important info is given in the first paragraph, and then continues in order of importance. . Below is a link to the Wikipedia Article on the AP and an excerpt.

    The Associated Press is an American news agency. The AP is a cooperative owned by its contributing newspapers, radio and television stations in the United States, which both contribute stories to the AP and use material written by its staff journalists. Many newspapers and broadcasters outside the United States are AP subscribers, paying a fee to use AP material without being contributing members of the cooperative.
    The AP staff is represented by the Newspaper Guild union, which operates under the Communication Workers union, which operates under the AFL-CIO. The content of AP news stories relating to current political issues that impact union interests has increasingly been subject to claims of news media bias.
    As of 2005, the news collected by the AP is published and republished by more than 1,700 newspapers, in addition to more than 5,001 television and radio broadcasters. The photograph library of the AP consists of over 10 million images. The Associated Press operates 243 news bureaus, and it serves at least 120 countries, with an international staff located all over the world.
    Associated Press also operates The Associated Press Radio Network, which provides newscasts twice hourly for broadcast and satellite radio and television stations. The AP Radio also offers news and public affairs features, feeds of news sound bites, and long form coverage of major events.
    As part of their cooperative agreement with The Associated Press, most member news organizations grant automatic permission for the AP to distribute their local news reports. For example, on page two of every edition of The Washington Post, the newspaper's masthead includes the statement, "The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to use for re-publication of all news dispatches credited to it or not otherwise credited in this paper and all local news of spontaneous origin published herein."
    The AP employs the "inverted pyramid formula" for writing that enables the news outlets to edit a story to fit its available publication area without losing the story's essential meaning and news information.
    Cutbacks at longtime U.S. rival United Press International, most significantly in 1993, left the AP as the primary nationally oriented news service based in the United States, although UPI still produces and distributes news stories and photos daily. Other English-language news services, such as Reuters and the English-language service of Agence France-Presse, are based outside the United States.
    Last edited by lakechampainer; 24 Nov 12, 17:09.

  • #2
    People also need to understand the media they use, why they prefer them, and the limitations of each. We need a Marshall McLuhan updated to a 21st Century understanding of how the brain works.

    TV - No pictures = No story
    Radio - Voice and words used can be giving two different messages
    Newspapers - Out of date by the time they hit your step
    Magazines - The balkanization of print, purchased to suit the buyer's opinions not to change them
    Internet - No quality control, very low signal-to-noise ratio
    Any metaphor will tear if stretched over too much reality.

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    • #3
      Link to informative Wikipedia article on "Radio in the United States."

      Below is a link to the wikipedia article on "Conservative Talk Radio.", followed by excerpt.

      Notable early conservatives in talk radio included Bob Grant, Paul Harvey (whose daily commentary was one of the rare nationally syndicated opinion programs of the era), Barry Farber and Joe Pyne. (Grant and Farber remain on the air as of 2012, albeit in reduced capacity as both are over 80 years old.) Because of the Fairness Doctrine, a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) policy requiring controversial viewpoints to be balanced by opposing opinions on air, conservative talk did not have the hegemony it would have in later years, and liberal hosts were as common on radio as conservative ones. Furthermore, the threat of the Fairness Doctrine discouraged many radio stations from hiring controversial hosts.
      By the 1980s, AM radio was in severe decline. Top 40 radio had already migrated to the higher fidelity of FM, and the few remaining AM formats, particularly country music, were headed in the same direction or, in the case of formats such as MOR, falling out of favor entirely. Talk radio, not needing the high fidelity that music does, became an attractive format for AM radio station operators. However, in order to capitalize on this, operators needed compelling content.
      The AM revival

      In 1987, the FCC abolished the Fairness Doctrine, and AM radio began to make changes. The changes paved the way for syndicated personality Rush Limbaugh and others like him to rise to prominence by "offering a voice for the 'silent majority'" that he believed had gone unheard by the mainstream media (Which he nicknamed the 'Drive Bys'). Helped by a syndication arrangement that was financially appealing to local stations, conservatives like Limbaugh began to take over the airwaves.[citation needed]


      • #4
        Originally posted by lakechampainer View Post

        In 1987, the FCC abolished the Fairness Doctrine, and AM radio began to make changes. The changes paved the way for syndicated personality Rush Limbaugh and others like him to rise to prominence by "offering a voice for the 'silent majority'" that he believed had gone unheard by the main stream media (Which he nicknamed the 'Drive Bys'). Helped by a syndication arrangement that was financially appealing to local stations, conservatives like Limbaugh began to take over the airwaves.
        Should also be noted that talk radio has now moved into the FM band locally.

        Music format on radio, both AM and FM is starting to fade out thanks to royalty requirements making such a format too expensive to continue in many markets.
        And, the market of listeners of such music is also changing as well as fading away.
        “Breaking News,”

        “Something irrelevant in your life just happened and now we are going to blow it all out of proportion for days to keep you distracted from what's really going on.”


        • #5
          Some Miscellaneous videos: Dan Rather getting punched in stomach by some security thug the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

          1968 Democratic National Convention: The Walker Report characterized activities of the Chicago Police of August 28, 1968 as "A Police Riot."

          The nine minute confrontational interview of VP George Bush by Dan Rather - "The Nine Minutes that Shook the World."

          Dan Rather on his "Walk-off"

          Dan Rather signs off with "Courage", which received significant ridicule.


          • #6
            Pathetic comments by "Papa Bear" Bill O'Reilly on Faux News- complaining about the 50% of the voters who want "stuff", who feel like they want "things", etc.

            Also, Megan being escorted to the decision desk by the guy with the bad rug.


            I don't understand - why is it not OK for 50% of the voters to want "things", but for example Bob Kraft can want tens of millions of dollars in road improvements, etc. when he built a new stadium for the Patriots?


            • #7
              Karl Rove grasping for straws on election night on Faux News. Link Below.


              Parenthetically, one of his nicknames is "Turd Blossom" - given to him by George Walker Bush.

              From Wikipedia, list of 43's nicknames he gave to people:



              • #8
                From political humor - Karl Rove as MC Rove at the 2007 Radio-TV Correspondent's Dinner. I guess I would characterize it as a special kind of humor: one that isn't funny.

                Last edited by lakechampainer; 05 Dec 12, 15:11.


                • #9
                  Political humorist/piano player Mark Russell, who used to be on PBS until even the brie and chablis crowd stopped pretending it was funny.





                  • #10
                    Gosh, you're just now discovering that some news organizations are better than others. Go back and get some translated editions of Pravda, I think they taught CNN how to verify facts.
                    "If you are right, then you are right even if everyone says you are wrong. If you are wrong then you are wrong even if everyone says you are right." William Penn.


                    • #11
                      Weather Channel Anchor [Nicole Mitchell] says she was fired over military service. Link to Fox News Story below, followed by excerpt:


                      Nicole Mitchell, an Air Force Reserve Officer and a member of the “Hurricane Hunters” team, has accused The Weather Channel and NBC of discrimination and violating her rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994.
                      Mitchell said she began to experience harassment about her military service just after The Weather Channel was purchased by NBC, Bain Capital and the Blackstone Group, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.
                      Court papers allege NBC bosses made explicit complaints about her military service schedule and created a “hostile working environment” for the anchor.
                      Mitchell, who holds the rank of captain, was an on-air meteorologist for The Weather Channel from 2004 until 2011 – when her contract was not renewed. She is a highly decorated officer who flies aboard a “Hurricane Hunter” and her military expertise was especially noted during the network’s hurricane coverage.
                      But after the network was purchased by NBC/Universal, Mitchell said network executives ordered her to get clearance before agreeing to any military assignments.
                      “I was told in an email, ‘before you agree to military duty, you need to clear it through us first,’” Mitchell told Fox News Radio. “If you don’t show up for orders, you could be court-martialed.”

                      Thank you, NBC/Universal, Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group for your support of the men and women in uniform.



                      • #12
                        Link to an article by Carl Bernstein of Watergate Reporting fame - The CIA and the Media



                        • #13
                          John Stewart taking a few whacks at CNBC, especially Rick Santelli, who feels that little people should not get handouts (which actually seems reasonable); however, doesn't seem to have much problem with the rich getting bailouts. Also takes a few whacks at Jim "booya" Cramer of "Smart" Money



                          • #14
                            A very unpleasant Bill O'Reilly


                            Oh well, just a symptom of our uncivil society, I guess.


                            • #15
                              Bill O'Reilly "back in the day" with the "queen of Boston News" Natalie Jacobson, before he hit the jackpot.



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