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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

John McCain Cracks Me Up

Politico posted a story where Senator and Kick-ass war hero, tries sounding "hip" and "cool" by discussing tweets regarding Snooki and the Mike "the Situation" from the MTV show the Jersey Shore. Previously Snooki and Senator McCain discussed Obama taxing tanning beds in his healthcare reform.  Just another way twitter is making an impact in the political world.

 http://www.politico.com/click/stories/1105/mccain_talks_tweeting_with_snooki1.html

Monday, May 9, 2011

...And For My Next Trick I'll Make Hillary Clinton Disappear

   The White House image (above) and how De Zeitung reproduced the photo for its readers.
This is the photo of the now famous situation room in which President Obama, along with his national security team except there is a stark difference between the top and bottom one: Clinton and another woman have been Photoshopped out due to a religious issue.  The paper who committed the act, Der Tzitung, has since appologized.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Al-Jazeera Wins Columbia Journalism Award

    If I had seen that headline a year ago, I would have thought that Al-Jazeera had reported on so many anti-American and anti-Israeli stories that Columbia President Lee Bollinger would be grovelling at their feet and couldn't resist. 
   However, Al-Jazeera truly brought the best coverage to the Revolutions all over the Middle East.  They consistently were able to get the stories in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia that other networks just could get, or cover as well.  Despite some of the things they have said in the past, i truly feel that they deserve being recognized by perhaps the best journalism school in the country.  In a time where soft news is the king of journalism they have truly done a great job. 

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/05/05/al-jazeera-english-wins-columbia-universitys-journalism-prize/?test=latestnews

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bloomberg Covering Bloomberg

    The NY Times published an article recently about Henry Goldman who has the sometimes awkward job of working for and covering NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  "Mr. Goldman’s job is inherently problematic: cover the mayor too positively and risk looking like a shill; cover the mayor too negatively and risk the ire of the man who pays his salary," says the article. He came under fire when the news did a poor job of covering the fact that Bloomberg was all but absent during the huge blizzard in NYC this past winter.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/21/nyregion/bloomberg-news-man-on-bloomberg-henry-goldman.html?_r=1&hpw

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Journalists killed in Libya

Many of us have posted blogs about the lengths that journalists went to to capture the rebellion in Libya.  On Wednesday, it finally took the biggest toll.  Two journalists, including the director of the award winning documentary Restrepo, were killed, and two others were seriously injured in bombings by Quaddafi-loyal forces.
     These killings again raise the question of how far is too far to cover a story?  Although this is the first of the journalists killed in Libya, there have been close calls.  Early on in the fighting bombs landed about 100 yards away from journalists and one intervened in an altercation, not to mention the fact that they have been on the front lines covering the story just so we could read about it in the paper or watch it on TV.
    My condolences go out to the families.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/04/20/journalists-reportedly-killed-libya/?test=latestnews

Thursday, April 14, 2011

China Bans Time-Travel!

     Ok maybe not time travel its self, being how hard it is ban something which isn't even possible yet.  China's State Administration for Radio, Film and Television, has put out a statement saying that movies and TV shows with time travel themes and plots "lack positive thoughts and meaning."
   
    Of course no government bans something so seemingly harmless just becuase they think its stupid, clearly there must be some ulterior motive for the ban.  China is notorious for controlling there media and htis is just anohter step they are taking.  News Corp Australian Papers reported that many people say that the "recent rash of TV time travel dramas focus too much on perceived happier times in the past for its citizens." 

   The happiness they see in the past may cause them to remember  a time when the Chinese government wasn't as repressive and may spark a revolt. 
If you don't believe me heres the article: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/04/14/china-bans-time-travel-tv-shows/?test=faces

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Blogs About Israel

    We get it.  Everyone hates the Jews and Israel.  Its unnecessary for people to blog about every little anti-Israel and Anti-Semitic thing said in the Media.  Or even the pro-Israel things said.  We know who our friends and who our enemies in the media and in politics are.  Glen Beck supports Israel.  The NY Times generally doesn't.  The Itamar massacre was horrible.  Many More people died in the Tsunami and there were bigger reprucussions from it thats why it got more covereage.  Deal with it, not everyone cares about Israel nearly as much as we do so dont get your panties in a bunch if the Itamar massacre or the bus bombing doesn't get as much press as the impending nuclear meltdown in Japan or regime changes in many Middle Eastern countries.  I love Israel as much as the next YU student but we get it blog about something else.