Last October, country music star Hank WIlliams, Jr. made a remark about Obama and Hitler playing golf, touching off a controversy that saw ESPN end its relationship with Williams (who had been […]
Heartland uses PR director's email for delivering threats of legal action
The Heartland Institute used the PR director’s email to deliver threats of possible legal action (SLAPP suits, perhaps) against journalists who have written about the confidential Heartland documents that were published on Valentine’s Day.
Parents Television Council pitches hissy over the use of the word "fudge" in prime time
Can’t make this stuff up, folks. I mean, you could, but everybody would think you were, well, making stuff up. On tonight’s episode of Modern Family (perhaps TV’s best sitcom), one of the […]
East Carolina University wrong to fire student paper adviser over photo of nude streaker
Paul Isom is looking for a new job today. He was the student media director at East Carolina University. Why was he canned? On Nov. 8, the [student] newspaper published a full-frontal […]
Bloggers and journalism – what is a "citizen journalist" to make of all this?
It’s a funny thing that happens when someone buys a car, especially when they think they’re buying a none-too-common sort. I buy a Mitsuyota RoadWidget, in part because it is distinctive, and […]
#Occupy Portland: The end of free speech, or the end of taking responsibility?
By Greg Stene The City of Portland and the Occupy movement are both to blame for Portland’s impending Sunday morning, at 12:01 a.m., dismantling of the Occupy movement’s tent city in downtown […]
Nota Bene #106: [no title due to budget cuts]
“Working for a major studio can be like trying to have sex with a porcupine. It’s one prick against thousands.” Who said it?
Newspaper circulation falls again: Expect more cuts
If you were a newspaper subscriber last year, there’s a 10 percent chance you aren’t this year. That’s because paid circulation of daily newspapers nationally fell more than 10 percent from a […]
Meanings, pt. 3: public service
by Michael Tracey Let me return to a period which is widely regarded within the advanced industrial societies as a high water mark of public service broadcasting, the BBC in the early […]
Meet Satan's towel boy, Ralph Nader, and other famous rabblerousers in a call for open debates
He’s the man who caused Sep. 11, war in the Gulf, a million Iraqi deaths and probably mad cow disease too, as you’ve no doubt heard from disgruntled Democrats. Of course I’m […]