Are realty foreclosures as bad as they are reported in the media? Not according to a spokesman from RealtyTrac, an Irvine, Calif.-based organization that tracks foreclosures. According to the firm, journalists sometimes misunderstand or misreport the company’s analysis. On August 24, the Business & Media Institute reported that different industry experts were skeptical of RealtyTrac’s foreclosure data provided. The media – including NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and the New York Times – often cite the firm’s data. Rick Sharga, vice president of marketing for RealtyTrac explained why there is confusion about the numbers. “The fact of the matter is we... continue reading
Historians have discovered that Dante actually envisioned a tenth circle of hell, with sinners condemned to spend their eternities traveling from one destination to the next on any one of America's insufferable airlines. It appears that the people running this industry have found a way to make every single aspect of this form of travel an experience in misery. The latest casualty is to be found in the in-flight movies. Most offerings these days are monumental cinematic embarrassments, movies that would never rise to the level of the $1 stack at Blockbuster's, and probably cost the airlines even less. So... continue reading
The government knows best – especially when it comes to spending your money, according to The New York Times. The September 6 issue of the Times questioned the sensibilities of charitable giving by the wealthy, asserting that it hurts the government’s ability to decide who is worthy. “The rich are giving more to charity than ever, but people like Mr. Broad [a donor] are not the only ones footing the bill for such generosity,” wrote Stephanie Strom. “For every three dollars they give away, the federal government typically gives up a dollar or more in tax revenue, because of the... continue reading
Arts writer George Gene Gustines profiles gay novelist Perry Moore, a fervent supporter of gay rights - for fictional comic book characters. Monday's " Novelist's Superhero Is Out to Right Wrongs " began: "Perry Moore has the sinewy physique and golden looks of a California surfer, but get him talking about comics, and he can out-geek the biggest fanatic. He also has the fervor of an activist when discussing the dearth - and occasional shoddy treatment - of gay superheroes in mainstream comic books . Now there's a vital cause we can all rally behind, right? "It is an issue... continue reading
Thursday'sTimes led with the evolving story on the foiled terrorist plot in Germany , a plot whose targets apparently included Ramstein Air Base and Frankfurt International Airport. Here's the straightforward lead to Thursday's updated online version of the paper's top hard-copy story, written by Mark Landler and Katrin Bennhold: "German investigators were searching today for about a dozen more suspects in connection with a foiled terrorist attack on German and American targets by Islamic militants, feeding a heated debate in Germany about whether security services should be given more surveillance powers." But this being the Times, it just couldn't resist... continue reading
Just when you thought the media couldn’t be any more egregious than they already were with their reporting when it comes global warming, they’ve taken it to an all-time low. Longtime Editor & Publisher columnist Steve Outing is calling on newspapers to abandon objective reporting when it comes to the issue of climate change – instead, to use their power for advocacy. “I’ve also been thinking about the newspaper industry and global warming. And frankly, I don't think newspapers are doing enough,” Outing wrote. “Indeed, newspapers’ fabled commitment to ‘objectivity’ has been a detriment to efforts to combat global warming.”... continue reading
One embattled corporation is fighting back against unfair treatment by the media. The September 2007 issue of Bloomberg Markets Magazine featured a 6,000-word assault on the entire property insurance industry featuring a hodgepodge of anecdotal evidence and suggestions of federal regulatory action. The article entitled “The Insurance Hoax” was written by David Dietz and Darrell Preston. Its sub-headline read: “Property insurers use secret tactics to cheat customers out of payments – as profits break records.” However, Mike Fernandez, vice president of public affairs for State Farm, did not take the abuse lightly. “The only hoax being perpetrated with your September... continue reading
Upon learning that one of the world's most renowned Christians, Mother Teresa, suffered a crisis of faith for much of her life, who is the “expert” Chris Matthews and Newsweek turn to for comment? Who else but a self-avowed atheist, Vanity Fair writer Christopher Hitchens, the uniquely vituperative critic of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning nun? In his 1995 book, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, Hitchens suggested that she didn't really care for the ill and the downtrodden, but used them to advance her personal and political (read pro-life) ambitions. Hitchens criticized the nun for maintaining ties... continue reading
Kudos to NBC Nightly News for devoting an astonishing four minutes and 15 seconds to what anchor Brian Williams called, “a lesson in courage and character,” a powerful documentary on wounded veterans that will air on HBO Sunday, September 9. Williams' September 5 feature on the HBO documentary, Alive Day Memories , brought together the force behind the documentary, Sopranos star James Gandolfini, and four of the wounded veterans featured in the documentary. “Alive day” refers to the day a soldier escapes death in an attack that should have killed him or her. When Williams asked why he took on... continue reading
The AFL-CIO reports that only 12 percent of the work force belonged to unions last year and the hosts of “Your $$$$$” are not happy. Hosts Ali Velshi and Christine Romans told viewers why labor unions are good -- and business was not -- on the September 2, pre-Labor Day broadcast. To help, they brought in Beth Shulman, author of “Betrayal of Work: How Low-Wage Jobs Failed 30 Million Americans and Their Families.” Shulman was introduced as a “labor consultant” rather than the more accurate former vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. Shulman reminded viewers... continue reading