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Large media companies have been doing everything within their power to hide the compensation plans of their own highest-paid employees from public disclosure. As reported by the Associated Press on April 11: Some big media and entertainment companies hope to keep under wraps the perks and income of their stars and celebrities, challenging a Securities and Exchange Commission proposal that's being called the Katie Couric clause. None of the broadcast networks reported the companies protest. According to the AP, the Katie Couric clause is a January 2006 SEC proposal that would require a company to disclose the pay details of... continue reading
Well, maybe we could have more, OBrien blithely replied. Every American motorist already pays 18 cents on the gallon to Uncle Sam and anywhere from 8 to 45 cents per gallon to state governments, according to figures compiled by the American Petroleum Institute. In fact, the Energy Department estimates taxes account for 19 percent of the price of a gallon of gasoline, nearly as much as the 22 percent of the price that goes to refining costs. OBrien was reacting to a report showing purchases of gasoline-inefficient vehicles are as popular as ever with consumers. According to the Power Information... continue reading
Rather than an incubator of bird flu that could doom the masses, U.S. chicken farms might actually help isolate American poultry from infection with avian flu. Correspondent Tom Costello reported on the April 23 NBC Nightly News that widespread avian flu is highly unlikely among American chickens, given the closed environment most are raised in. Some 99 percent of the chickens consumed in America are raised inside massive houses that hold up to 30,000 at a time. And so far, bird flu is only carried by wild birds that could never get inside, Costello noted. From here these chickens will... continue reading
A liberal blogger who blamed war profiteers, neo-conservatives, and supporters of Israel as three real reasons for the war in Iraq was Parade magazines choice to ask Is the American Dream Still Possible in the April 23 edition of the magazine. On HuffingtonPost.com Nov. 23, 2005, David Wallechinsky argued that It is a simple fact of life that when there is a war, there is money to be made. In short, War is great for business if you happen to be Halliburton, he railed, echoing a persistent attack line of far-left critics of the Bush administration. Wallechinskys HuffingtonPost bio describes... continue reading
Corn-based ethanol isnt all its cracked up to be, the media are finding out now. But for years, conservative critics have criticized ethanol as an energy alternative panacea. With gas prices nearing $3 a gallon and oil topping $70 a barrel, network newscasts in the past week have looked at how new federal requirements for ethanol additives in gasoline are actually adding to the price at the pump. On the April 11 World News Tonight and Nightly News, ABCs Dean Reynolds and NBCs Kevin Tibbles respectively reported that transport problems for ethanol combined with a low supply were driving up... continue reading
If a powerful New York union had gone on strike this morning, CNNs Andy Serwer might have had a tougher time getting to work. Hed have had to open the front door himself. But SEIU local 32BJ, which represents doormen and elevator operators in New York City, reached an agreement with property owners, averting a walkout just before the midnight deadline, Bloomberg News reported. Chatting about the averted strike on the April 21 American Morning, Serwer shared with viewers that his building has a doorman. After joking with guest host Betty Nguyen that he had made his children practice opening... continue reading
Ten days after hinting the Earth could end up roasting at a toasty 900 degrees Fahrenheit like the planet Venus, The Washington Post reported on a new study which finds that the more extreme estimates of global warming that have been hyped in the media are unlikely to manifest. In the April 10 Post, staff writer Guy Gugliotta dramatically said the second rock from the sun is apparently condemned to an eternal cycle of global warming, but that Venus may have been the gentle, tropical paradise that Earthlings once imagined a long time ago before a berserk greenhouse effect boiled... continue reading
But sometimes even a blind squirrel finds a nut. All three broadcast networks found time in the April 19 evening newscasts to nibble on the new numbers released by the federal government. We have news here tonight about life and death in America, and it is all good news, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams intoned. New numbers out today show the annual number of deaths in this country dropped by nearly 50,000 in 2004, he continued, citing fewer deaths from heart disease, cancer and stroke. Williams added that life expectancy also has been projected upward. A baby born in... continue reading
Were Eating More, and Enjoying It Less, blared the headline for Candy Sagons Food section article in the April 19 Washington Post. Is it any wonder why with the medias persistent attacks on the food industry? According to a new Pew Research Center survey, only 39 percent of Americans say they greatly enjoy eating a drop from the 48 percent who felt that way in a 1989 Gallup poll, Sagon reported, noting the number among those who consider themselves overweight is significantly lower than 17 years ago. People are feeling guilty, Sagon quoted Thomas Wadden of the University of Pennsylvania... continue reading
From the moment Angela Lansbury (yes, Angela Lansbury) opened the film singing, Someone has wounded you, dear world Someone has poisoned you, dear world it was clear that the culprits in this Murder, She Wrote were Americans. One professor interviewed for the special said the United States uses more energy by far than any other country in the world. Of course, theres a connection between energy use and prosperity we also have the largest economy in the world. But this film asserts that we must stop our productive ways before we are plagued with rising seas, forest fires, floods, droughts,... continue reading