Different standards of coverage

Jonah Goldberg sees a big difference in how different wings of the media are covering the Iraq elections. So far, I think the coverage has been moderately scandalous. This morning CNN kept its regularly scheduled medical show (though last night they were better, if mostly pre-taped). The major nets seemed to treat this like a ...

A blog on the move

Here’s an example of a local blog that’s gaining national attention for its detailed coverage, coupled with original investigative reporting, of the botched Washington State election.

Lefty MSM ex-tycoon loses his mind

Look at Ted Turner’s nuanced view of the new media. Ted Turner called Fox propaganda tool of the Bush administration and indirectly compared the Fox News Network’s popularity to Adolph Hitler’s popular election to run Germany before WWII.

Google on the phone

Google’s planning to enter the Internet phone business using excess fiber optic capacity.

A blog entry posing as MSM reporting

How does this report, written in the partisan style of the new media, survive as a straight-news AP story? An important part of President Bush’s second-term plans went slightly off the rails during an inauguration week that ran pretty much on time. [snip] The delay probably says something about Rice’s sometimes indignant responses to tough ...

Signs of a gravitational shift in TV news

TV Guide is reporting that NBC is ready to extent Katie Couric’s salary to keep her safe from CBS efforts to move her to the evening news. Note this explanation of why Couric would be wasted on the evening news. Nobody’s watching anyway. Serious news has been dying a slow on network TV. This move ...

CNN’s getting weaker

Ratings report from Drudge CNN hemorrhaged more than half their audience from the 2001 Inauguration, overnights show. The troubled news network only averaged 779,000 viewers during yesterday’s Inauguration coverage from 10am-4pm with just 168,000 of those viewers landing in the coveted 25-54 demo. Like CNN, MSNBC also suffered major losses, only averaging 438,000 viewers throughout ...

The walls are crumbling

One of the characteristics of major movements in communication technology is that they generally move access to message production and distribution from elites to the common man. The alphabet did it. The printing press did it. The Internet did it. And now it’s happening to film making. This profile of a promising young conservative filmmaker ...

Professional blogging may be a temporary gig

Adam Penenberg of Wired News reports on bloggers-turned-journalists who found that the big print media trumps their blogs for their allegiance and time. For all the press that bloggers have received for revolutionizing journalism by bringing Gutenberg’s printing press to the digital masses, when push comes to shove, journalists who operate personal weblogs face an ...

Posting Advice

I’ve been asked about what kinds of posts should appear here. The rule is that everything should have some connection to media, old or new. It can be political, but political comment needs to be in the context of media commentary.