Still gunning for Giuliani: After long pieces tearing apart his friendship with Fox News President Roger Ailes , an unsympathetic look at Rudy's relations with liberal black activists (spun by the Times to suggest Giuliani made racially charged appeals) and even his leadership role after 9-11 , Friday's front-page story by Michael Cooper makes another lunge at Giuliani's alleged problem with inaccuracies on the stump-" Citing Statistics, Giuliani Misses Time and Again ." "In almost every appearance as he campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination, Rudolph W. Giuliani cites a fusillade of statistics and facts to make his arguments about... continue reading
CBS is getting desperate. The network has posted an ad seeking a reporter to cover the “eco beat” – with some interesting requirements. “CBS is expanding its coverage of the environment,” the ad reads. “We seek a talented reporter/host for Internet video broadcast. We are looking for smart, creative, hard working up and comers, who can bring great energy, creativity and a dash of humor to our coverage. A deep interest in the environment and sustainability issues will serve you well.” So you would think such a job would require a science background or years of covering environmental news? Not... continue reading
Sometimes business gives an inch and interest groups want a mile. National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” gave a report November 30 on misleading “green” products, charging companies with “The Six Sins of Greenwashing.” “You may have thought they were environmentally friendly, just because the product says so, but some environmentalists think you’re being ‘greenwashed,’” said host Steve Inskeep. “Is one of the sins just lying, then, basically?” Scot Case of the environmental marketing firm TerraChoice conveyed that “the biggest sin [they] found … was called ‘The Sin of the Hidden Tradeoff’ for products that promote a single issue … but... continue reading
The latest news: our economy grew even more last quarter than we thought! The latest network reporting: the White House reduced its growth forecast. “From the White House, an acknowledgment of what many Americans already know: The economy is losing steam,” said CNBC’s Erin Burnett on the November 29 “NBC Nightly News.” “The Bush administration now forecasting 2.7 percent economic growth next year. That's down from 3.1 percent, and it would be the slowest expansion for the U.S. economy in four years. The main reason for the cut, housing.” But also news the same day was economic growth for the... continue reading
It's a media holiday tradition: The hunger story. As winter sets in, the media discovers long lines and "critical shortages" at food banks, with blame placed squarely on federal budget cuts (often blamed on Republicans) and lousy economic prospects in the United States. The latest entree came on Friday's front page,reported by Katie Zezima: " Food Banks, In a Squeeze, Tighten Belts ." "Food banks around the country are reporting critical shortages that have forced them to ration supplies, distribute staples usually reserved for disaster relief and in some instances close. Zezima contacted several food banks in the Northeast U.S.,... continue reading
Don't let The Golden Compass movie lure you into buying Philip Pullman's books for your children. If you do, you'll be handing them the literary equivalent of arsenic. We haven't seen the movie, but we've read the books, cover to cover. The Golden Compass is the first of a trilogy called His Dark Materials , followed by The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass . Written from 1995-2000, Pullman 's trilogy has been given new life by Hollywood 's decision to make the first book into a movie. By now everybody knows that Mr. Pullman is an atheist, that his... continue reading
With the Writers Guild on strike in Hollywood , the forecast for so-called “reality” TV shows has probably never looked brighter. The networks keep attempting to find new programming schticks, and perhaps no “reality” show had a stranger buildup than CBS's Kid Nation, which drew a pile of negative early publicity for being an alleged labor camp or sweatshop for youngsters in New Mexico . The publicity put the show on the TV map, but it also largely scared advertisers away from the premiere. But the program itself wasn't exactly Stalag 17. The show's “reality” plot is simple. In a... continue reading
Salt – it’s the new trans fat, only worse. “Salt trumps fat,” Michael Jacobson of the left-wing Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) said on the November 28 “CBS Evening News.” Now that CSPI has been somewhat successful attacking trans fat, the organization is now honing in on sodium, specifically salt, and “Evening News” was there to report it. “There are also warnings tonight about another potential health risk. This one’s in your diet and it’s not fat, it’s salt,” said anchor Katie Couric on the November 28 broadcast. “It’s estimated that the average American consumes 4,000 milligrams... continue reading
Is spanking “old fashioned?” That appears to be ABC's position, and what they want their audience to think as well. In a Nov. 28 piece on a bill that would ban spanking in Massachusetts , ABC's World News with Charles Gibson provided expert critics of spanking, but no expert supporters. ABC reporter David Wright began the segment by opining: “As a means of correcting your child, spanking does seem a bit old fashioned.” Journalism 101 explains the difference between commentary and news. Did Wright miss class that day? Gibson reported that “supporters admit it doesn't have much chance of passing... continue reading
On Wednesday's World News with Charles Gibson, host Gibson highlighted a woman suffering from breast cancer who chose to keep her baby instead of having an abortion while opting to be treated during the second and third trimesters when her baby would likely be able to withstand the chemotherapy. Gibson recounted the story of the new mother who "spent her pregnancy fighting to save her baby's life and her own," relaying her choice not to have an abortion. Gibson: "Her doctor told her she could abort the baby, but Linda found specialists who told her there was another choice, that... continue reading