Tag: news media

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New Year’s Day is a traditional time for new beginnings. We should all have visionary goals along with strategies and tactics to meet them, but in reality, they don’t have to be made around New Year’s Day. You can make and amend them anytime. Some may take more than a year, even a decade, maybe […]

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Victor Davis Hanson talks about the just concluded 2016 presidential election and its implications for the future.

Victor Davis Hanson points to a future in which many of America’s key political, social, and media institutions will erode as a consequence of the 2016 election cycle.

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Sometimes, social media like Facebook and Twitter are the best sources of news available. Not even local networks of professional news provide the breadth, depth, or particularity of neighbors spontaneously joining together online to ask and answer questions.  My hometown, just north of Houston, is currently flooded to an extent not experienced since I was […]

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A Pundit’s Prerogative

 

I noticed that this article by Mark Steyn has already received 2,000 likes on his Facebook page and hundreds of shares, whereas usually when Steyn links to his articles on Facebook, they only receive a couple hundred likes and dozens of shares, if that.

It’s interesting that readers seek out particular pundits during particular scenarios. After an Islamic attack in Europe, people apparently look to Steyn. If a city declares bankruptcy, perhaps they would look to Kevin Williamson.

Journalism and Non-Literal Communication

 

Pseud’s recent post about Sharyl Attkisson fact-checking Trump’s passing remarks about McCain raises an interesting dilemma for journalists. How do you report on non-literal statements?

As I said in my comment there, I believe Trump was clearly being sarcastic when he said, ”[McCain] is a war hero because he was captured.” The implication, as evidenced by surrounding remarks, was that McCain is not a war hero because accidental suffering does not make one a hero. (That’s not to say Trump is correct or that he shouldn’t have followed the comment by acknowledging that McCain served with honor, at least. But that’s a discussion for other threads.)

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The recent news from Kalamazoo, Michigan, about the arrest for non-renewal of a dog license was in the form of an article written by Julie Mack. I have no particular complaint about that article, but it brought back memories.  It has been a long time since I read any of her stuff.  But back in […]

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Related to the Snowden dilemma, there is the question of news media profiting off illegally obtained information. Perhaps Snowden’s case is a poor example. So here’s another:  Michelle Duggar said her family trusted the police department [which illegally leaked juvenile records]: “Our children poured out their hearts. They shared everything. And then to have their […]

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Sidebars of History: Radio, War and a Man of God

 

Modern communication covers the globe so thoroughly these days that Tinder even works in the vast wastland of Antarctica and with the proper amount of internet bandwidth it’s possible for just about anyone to produce a broadcast-acceptable audio feed from just about any place in the world.

Of course that wasn’t always the case. Just 34 years ago when ABC’s Sam Donaldson broke the news of John Hinckley Jr’s attempt on the life of President Reagan, he did it by yanking someone off their call at a phone booth across the street from the Washington Hilton.