July 31, 2002

Submit World Trade Center designs…

CNN.com – World Trade Center site: What would you do? This interactive page asks viewers to submit drawings for the 16-acre site. Tonight I watched Aaron Brown display a few of the drawings, and I wondered about CNN’s motive. Surely they know that no unofficial design will penetrate the authority of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., the Port Authority or any other association involved with the design selection process. Instead, CNN offers viewers a chance to go public with their ideas, make a fleeting splash on national television, and then fade back into the unknown. CNN gets a long-running human interest feature that neither comments on nor furthers the official process.

July 31, 2002

2004 candidates speak at DLC convention…

Democratic Derby – How Bush’s challengers are positioning themselves for 2004. By William

July 31, 2002

Blogging and media criticism…

How Weblogs Keep the Media Honest (washingtonpost.com) Media Notes by Howard Kurtz. The blogging part of this column deals mostly with checking facts and detecting bias. I would add that bloggers also call attention to “news” that the mainstream press ignores.

July 30, 2002

Still more on Bush and college education…

Press Briefing by Ari Fleischer 7-30-02 No reporter asks Fleischer to clarify Bush’s position on the value of higher education for welfare recipients (re: today’s previous entries).

July 30, 2002

More on Bush and college education

Here’s how the press is covering Bush’s thoughts on college education in regard to the reauthorization of the 1996 “Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act

July 30, 2002

College is a waste of time…

Paul Vitello, of Newsday, reports that President Bush made the following statement about the reauthorization of the 1996 “Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act

July 30, 2002

Leaking war plans to the press…

Message to Iraq: We’re Coming (Maybe) (washingtonpost.com) Media Notes by Howard Kurtz. Here’s an example of the government using the press to create drama (and, perhaps, spread disinformation).

July 29, 2002

Columbia University journalism school…

OpinionJournal: Who Needs Dr. J.? Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University, wants to revamp the journalism school to make it more intellectual. Three cheers for that! Tunku Varadarajan points out just how vacuous much journalism education is. This quote is telling:

At present, the J-school is little more than a vocational workshop, where students have their writing “critiqued” and line-edited. Students work in what one graduate described to me as “laboratory conditions, which basically means we play pretend-journalism.” They do this for 10 months and leave with a master’s degree. A few of them make an impact on their profession, but most populate its middle rungs at best. It’s striking how small has been the influence of J-school graduates on the upper reaches of American journalism.

Ten months!? A proper M.A. will take the committed student no less than two years even at a mid-level school. Yes, it can be done faster if the student does nothing else. But I question the quality of work one can produce taking more than nine graduate credit hours per semester. (via MediaMinded)

July 29, 2002

Lieberman, Gore trade barbs…

Lieberman Critical of Gore for Moving Campaign Off Center Missed question: So what did you do about it, Joe, seeing as how you were his running mate? It’s Monday–slow news day coming off the weekend–so the best The Washington Post (see below) and The New York Times can do is give us barb-trading articles. Such articles would be more useful if the reporters explored what these snits mean politically. Consider this moment in the article:

“Al said some things in the campaign that were not the logical continuation of things–his voting record in the Senate and his career in public service,” Mr. Lieberman said. He noted that Mr. Gore had initially campaigned on what he described as a “pro-growth” platform that emphasized fiscal discipline, the importance of business and curbing the deficit. “The people versus the powerful unfortunately left that track and gave a different message, which may have been caused by the pressure that the Nader campaign was giving us,” Mr. Lieberman said, referring to Ralph Nader, the Green Party candidate. “But I think it was not the New Democratic approach.”

This is interesting because Lieberman is telling us much about the source of his own political power and the relationship of New Democrats to the constituency of traditional Democrats.

July 29, 2002

Clinton, Bush trade barbs…

Bush, Clinton trade barbs over corporate fraud Trading barbs is not news. It is, however, a standard article formula because such controversy-lite feeds the narrative bias of journalism. The Washington Post ought to know better.

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