23 February 2008

Clueless at the Times

Jay Rosen:

While any story like this says to readers, "trust us, we're the New York Times," this one puts the Times reputation more completely on the line because there is virtually nothing else for us to trust than the rectitude of the people running the paper.
Jeff Jarvis:
They can’t be that clueless, can they? They can’t be that bad at understanding news and politics, public opinion and media, surely. So are they merely trying to spin us? Are they embarrassed at what they did?
The real elephant in the room: This was bad journalism.
UPDATE: Although I think the NYT editors and journalists involved in this story demonstrated poor news judgment and have offered credibility-damaging defenses, it's important to note how different the NYT is from 5 years ago and recognize the credibility-enhancing processes they have put in place.

I think some the impact of the Siegal Reports can be clearly seen here.
The NYT should be embarrassed by the McCain story, but take pride in their public engagement.

The Mom Song

via Xark, by Anita Renfroe.

Get up now
Get up now
Get up out of bed
Wash your face
Brush your teeth
Comb your sleepyhead
Here's your clothes and your shoes
Hear the words I said
Get up now! Get up and make your bed
Are you hot? Are you cold?
Are you wearing that?
Where's your books and your lunch and your homework at?
Grab your coat and gloves and your scarf and hat
Don't forget! You gotta feed the cat
Eat your breakfast, the experts tell us it's the most important meal of all
Take your vitamins so you will grow up one day to be big and tall
Please remember the orthodontist will be seeing you at 3 today
Don't forget your piano lesson is this afternoon so you must play
Don't shovel
Chew slowly
But hurry
The bus is here
Be careful
Come back here
Did you wash behind your ears?
Play outside, don't play rough, will you just play fair?
Be polite, make a friend, don't forget to share
Work it out, wait your turn, never take a dare
Get along! Don't make me come down there
Clean your room, fold your clothes, put your stuff away
Make your bed, do it now, do we have all day?
Were you born in a barn? Would you like some hay?
Can you even hear a word I say?
Answer the phone! Get off the phone!
Don't sit so close, turn it down, no texting at the table
No more computer time tonight!
Your iPod's my iPod if you don't listen up
Where are you going and with whom and what time do you think you're coming home?
Saying thank you, please, excuse me makes you welcome everywhere you roam
You'll appreciate my wisdom someday when you're older and you're grown
Can't wait till you have a couple little children of your own
You'll thank me for the counsel I gave you so willingly
But right now I thank you not to roll your eyes at me
Close your mouth when you chew, would appreciate
Take a bite maybe two of the stuff you hate
Use your fork, do not burp or I'll set you straight
Eat the food I put upon your plate
Get an A, get the door, don't get smart with me
Get a grip, get in here, I'll count to three
Get a job, get a life, get a PHD
Get a dose of,
"I don't care who started it!
You're grounded until you're 36"
Get your story straight and tell the truth for once, for heaven's sake
And if all your friends jumped off a cliff would you jump, too?
If I've said it once, I've said at least a thousand times before
That you're too old to act this way
It must be your father's DNA
Look at me when I am talking
Stand up straighter when you walk
A place for everything and everything must be in place
Stop crying or I'll give you something real to cry about
Brush your teeth, wash your face, put your PJs on
Get in bed, get a hug, say a prayer with mom
Don't forget, I love you
And tomorrow we will do this all again because a mom's work never ends
You don't need the reason why
Because, because, because, because
I said so, I said so, I said so, I said so
I'm the mom, the mom, the mom, the mom, the mom!!
Ta da!!!

19 February 2008

Journalistic bias? I'm shocked ... SHOCKED, I tell you.

Jeff Jarvis: "The ethic of transparency that I have learned online and that journalists apply to everyone they cover should also apply to them."

Journalists applying the same standards to themselves that they hold everyone else to? When pigs fly, or Dan Rather gives up his crown as Queen of the Space Unicorns!

Newsflash for the numbnuts who are just now noticing that political reporters have biases and that skews their coverage ... Duh!!

I'm glad that the distinction between the coverage of Obama and Clinton (and Fox News) has clued you in. Too bad you spent so many years claiming journalists and news organizations were imperfectly objective instead of deceptively partisan.

UPDATE: The Shorenstein Memo (pdf)

Our democracy depends upon the fourth estate to fulfill the uniquely critical role of informing voters about the important issues facing our nation Рyet far too often, the campaign coverage has been biased, blas̩, or baseless.

There have been so many high-profile episodes, including the widespread touting of inaccurate polling, the controversial New York Times story on McCain, extensive coverage of a photo of Obama that appeared on the internet, and a recent Saturday Night Live skit in which reporters were mocked for fawning over Obama.
Dumb Debates II
Dumb Debates
Culture War: Institutions vs. Media
Fournier's "Accountability Journalism"
Poynter Institute's Talking Points ... Discuss
Bias Hunters and Presidential Debates