The down side of being small

The 19-year-old student who publishes a trade-secrets web site about Apple computer is finding out that it’s not always easy to fight big corporations. he still needs a lawyer, and said he is hoping to find free or low-cost legal help to argue that he deserves First Amendment protection and used proper news-gathering techniques to ...

It’s just because they’re smater

Hugh Downs, a former ABC anchor, defended CBS, saying they didn’t have a political liberal bias. If the MSM were liberal, he conceded, it was just because they know more than we do. People tend to be more liberated in their thought when they are closer to events and know a little more about what ...

It’s a liberal, liberal, liberal media world

Here’s an argument from NRO that, rather than correcting its leftward lean after the document scandal, CBS and the MSM are going to turn even more partisan. The new media, which exists largely in response to a gradual liberal trend in the media, is draining the conservative audiences from the swamp, meaning that the MSM ...

An MSM defense

The Columbia Journalism Review defends the mainstream press against Fineman. Notice the nice touch of Michael Moore logic in their assumptions: If you really want to energize a press corps that had become intimidated and complacent, it makes sense to take the country to war on false pretenses — and mislead the public on matters ...

A new media model

Kathryn Lopez, the editor of National Review Online, describes her ideal media landscape to the Columbia Journalism Review: It would be fair. What does that mean? Simplest solution: They would all be opinion journalists — that’s what many of them are now; in my world, they would be honest about it. European countries do it. ...

A bit of media history

Howard Fineman’s obituary to the mainstream media party includes this survey of American media history: Yes, I know: A purely objective viewpoint does not exist in the cosmos or in politics. Yes, I know: Today’s  media foodfights are mild compared with the viciousness of pamphleteers and partisan newspapers of old, from colonial times forward. Yes, ...

The fall of a political party

Howard Fineman of NSNBC, no great fan of the new media, writes that the mainstream media party ended with the CBS/Rather report. A political party is dying before our eyes – and I don’t mean the Democrats. I’m talking about the “mainstream media,” which is being destroyed by the opposition (or worse, the casual disdain) ...

The beginning of the end

The New York Times is reporting that an unnamed production staffer at CBS thinks network news is a dying form. But the production staff member said the staff at CBS did not feel powerful enough to bring about change. “We have no juice,” the staff member said. “We’re a dying business, and this didn’t help ...

Multimedia presentation

Here’s an example of using multimedia to complement text-based reporting. The Age (Melbourne, Australia) is showing a flash presentation of the stages of the earthquake and tsunami, and before-and-after photos from each affected country. Site may require free registration.

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