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January 07, 2003

I guess I couldn't really call this site Lying Media Bastards if I didn't link to this:

Media Whores Online Whore of the Year 2002- I don't like MWO very much. Sometimes they are right on in their criticism of Republicans, sometimes they break good stories of journalistic malfeasance, and they mirror the tactics of their Attack-Conservative counterparts quite well. And their tagline, "the site that set out to bring the media to its knees, but found they were already there," is inspired. But their "conclusion," so to speak, is that the solution to American problems is the election of moderate-to-liberal Democrats, which just baffles me. Like Democrats aren't also in the pockets of corporations that wouldn't bat an eyelash about killing us all, as long as our corpses could be re-animated and issued credit cards.


The link above is your chance to vote for the journalistic "whore" of the year, the reporter or pundit who most went out of their way to ignore the facts to take the side of conservatives. Go ahead and make your mark.

Virtual Journalist!- another little piece I found on the MWO site yesterday. An amusing, easy little web-game in which you pretend that you are a newspaper reporter, dealing with all the economic and political pressures real journalists face. It does a pretty good job of pointing out what I feel are the real obstacles that steer American journalism into the sewer. Ends with a touching (yet not entirely relevant) flash music video.

Networks Petition FCC on Ownership Limits- the FCC is wrapping up its "public comment" time in which citizens can voice their opinions about ownership limits, the laws which prevent media companies from buying up all their competitors to become oligopolies and monopolies. News Corp. (owner of Fox television), NBC, and Viacom (owner of CBS and MTV) all filed their opinions that eliminating all ownership limit rules would not be a bad thing at all. In fact, eliminating the rules would serve the public interest, presumably by reminding us that there are still flavors of potato chips and toothpaste we have not yet tried.

FCC Flooded With Letters Opposing Media Consolidation- many Americans seem to be taking advantage of this opportunity to tell the FCC what they think; the FCC has received 1700 letters of comment. However, this article quotes a "former FCC insider" who has some disheartening opinions on the subject. He claims that "the [FCC] commissioners are likely to take notice of the volume of letters, but not necessarily to what the writers advocate," and that comments made by the broadcast industry itself are likely to be taken more seriously. Which means that even this tiny democratic opening in the policy process is just like every other aspect of it, dominated by corporate interests.

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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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What went right: correctly guessing several key seasonings- lemon, ginger, soy, garlic, chili.

What went wrong: still missing some ingredients, and possibly had one wrong, rice vinegar. Way too much lemon and chili.

Result: not entirely edible.

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