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In which MSNBC doesn’t know where half the major cities in New York are.

Haha, what the hell? Syracuse looks like it’s in fucking New Hampshire!

(Reblogged from shortformblog)
(Reblogged from queenozymandias)

The Media and the Recall Election

How much of the effort to replace Walker was covered on national media circles before tonight? Where was CNN on Wisconsin in the past few months? 

Oh well, at lest we received an incredibly constant flood of information on the birthday of an inconsequential figurehead in another country. Nice job, CNN.

God save the States. 

After a week dominated by women’s health issues, today’s Sunday show guests are 100% male:

think-progress:

ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Robert Gibbs, adviser to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Reps. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul; Gov. Mitch Daniels, R-Ind.

“Fox News Sunday” — GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich; Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.

HT @PourMeCoffee

Nice going, fellas. 

(Reblogged from think-progress)

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Page One : Inside the New York Times (2011)

It’s ironic that this new documentary about the New York Times is titled Page One because that implies a singular focus and a big story.  There are a lot of topics covered by Andrew Rossi’s film, many of them were once Times page-one news stories, but consider all the ground it covers in the span of 90 minutes and ask yourself, if this movie were the New York Times, what would be its page one?  Would it be David Carr, the loveable thesaurus-mouthed cantankerous former crack addict who lords over the media desk and bleeds black and white Times blood?  Is it the media desk itself, which has been covering the rise of “sources” like WikiLeaks while focusing on the decline of print media, including the possible death of the Times itself?  Is it about the rise of the i-pad, Twitter, the internet and how these innovations continue to effect journalism?  Is it about the sad (moral and financial) bankruptcy of the Tribune company, which Carr investigates with journalistic tenacity?  Is it about the GE/Comcast merger, a history and appreciation of the Times, an indictment of journalists like Judith Miller and Jayson Blair, an indictment of attention grabbing online news outlets like Vice Magazine and Gawker who quietly rejoice at the decline of the Times while using their stories like parasites or generally misunderstanding what makes the paper important?

Who can say?  And while many of these subjects are fascinating within themselves (especially characters like the endlessly engaging Carr, twitchy media desk editor Bruce Headlam and former blogger Brian Steller), the documentary is frankly poorly constructed and structured.  With our attention being yanked from subject to subject for ninety minutes, with no through-line, with no heightened focus, the movie feels like the Huffington Post of documentary movies about the New York Times.  It’s as if Rossi and the rest of the film makers were concerned that viewers wouldn’t have the patience to chew on one or two of these subjects in focused, methodical detail. 

What is clear is that Rossi loves the Times as much as Carr does, and while he does attempt to present a counter balance of criticism, all that amounts to is blaming Blair and Miller individually, and whenever anyone publicly dismisses or offers an engaging critique of the Times, Rossi cuts to Carr eviscerating their argument in high-entertaining and endearing fashion.  I walked out of the movie having enjoyed the material, but not the way it was presented.  Rossi basically is lucky he has such an interesting topic, but should have worked harder to bring more to the table.  This is a sloppy, messy documentary that crams in far too much and shutters at the thought of editing anything.  At one point in the film, Carr submits his gigantic take on the Tribune failure, and Headlam sighs, knowing he’s got a lot of cutting to do while admitting that much of it is very good writing.  I’m guessing there were tears in the editing booth already, but maybe Rossi would have been wise to hire Headlam to help cut the fat with the film, or at least give it some kind of narrative drive and focus. 

Photo courtesy of shockya.com

The first part of a two-part analysis of David Holzman’s Diary by Kevin B. Lee, the most influential movie you’ve never heard of. The connections to YouTube, reality TV and mockumentaries are fascinating and reveal something slightly unsettling about how our culture reflects itself in the age of do-it-yourself type of media documentation.