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Friday, October 24, 2008

OK, now let's be nice to reporters

OK, so I've taken shots at the media (what's that proverb about those who live in glass houses?). See my previous blog as evidence. Actually, like anyone else, I fall into the habit of using the amorphous phrase, "the media," as in the old saw, "the liberal media." It's a catharsis, talking about the media. It's also nebulous. "Media" literally means more than one medium of communication, but the word is shorthand for the big, daily newspapers and TV news networks (except for the Washington Times and Fox News).
So here's a confession. On the micro scale, I've met plenty of journalists, and plenty of left-leaning journalists, but I've never run across a reporter who tried to skew the news. Often, those I've known on the left became extra self-conscious and cautious when tackling a story about something sensitive, such as coverage of a conservative Christian group. They went out of their way to be fair.
I do see a pro-Obama slant in the coverage of this year's election (gee, you think?). Still, I think it's tough to take the kind of position that Orson Scott Card adopts in a recent blog (click on the title of this blog for the link; see what you think). He argues that reporters are ignoring the true causes of the financial crisis, namely Democrats pushing mortgages on those who couldn't afford them. Sure, news outlets should be outing these folks (what's with CNN and its rogues gallery? No Barney Frank or Chris Dodd in the top 10?)
Let's take a breath and admit that individual reporters work hard, bend over backward to be fair and labor on often complex stories that rarely please the subjects involved. Other dynamics, too involved to start writing about here, account for the leanings of the press. But please, don't take out your frustrations on the folks in the trenches.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Thanks for the study, but I think we figured this out already

"The media coverage of the race for president has not so much cast Barack Obama in a favorable light as it has portrayed John McCain in a substantially negative one, according to a new study of the media since the two national political conventions ended.

"Press treatment of Obama has been somewhat more positive than negative, but not markedly so.

"But coverage of McCain has been heavily unfavorable—and has become more so over time. In the six weeks following the conventions through the final debate, unfavorable stories about McCain outweighed favorable ones by a factor of more than three to one—the most unfavorable of all four candidates—according to the study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism."

I'll add my two cents. Press treatment of Sarah Palin (a vice presidential candidate with more executive experience than Obama) has consisted of questions about: her intelligence, her clothes budget, her physical appearance, her parenting skills, her medical records, the endless parodies and mockeries of the former mayor and current governor, her "Saturday Night Live" ridicule, the hate speech directed at her, her being a supposed "drag" on the McCain campaign, etc. ...

Press treatment of Obama: Displaying him in regal poses and ignoring the time he spent doling out funds to radical causes with an unrepentant domestic terrorist.

And we needed a study to figure out which way the press is leaning?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Important Disclaimer

After much office discussion, I conceded to Grant that the sweet text messaging photo illustration that is set to appear on this week's paper was not a solo effort.

Therefore, Grant, I want to state for the record that you were the brains behind that photo. Well done.

Now we're talking!

For those of you planning an election night party, the following is supplied as a public service announcement....They all sound yummy and it looks like everybody would be covered. Enjoy!

I'd love to hear from those that actually held an election party. How did it go? Any fights? Any tensions? Any crossing of party lines to celebrate?

The Maverick
1 oz. Bourbon
3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
3 Lemon Wedges
1/2 of a Ripe Peach
1 oz. Champagne
Directions: Muddle the peach and lemon in the simple syrup. Then add the Rye and ice and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled old fashioned glass. Top off with champagne and garnish with a peach slice.

Cocktail for a Change
1 oz. Gin
1/4 oz. Biscotti Liqueur
1/4 oz. Dry Vermouth
2 dashes Orange Bitters
Directions: Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with cracked ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange peel.

Red State Round-Up
1 oz. Reposado Tequila
1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
3/4 oz. Homemade Grenadine**
1/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Egg White
Club Soda
Directions: First, shake the egg white to emulsify. Then add remaining ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with sparkling water and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and lemon wheel.
**to make home-made grenadine, simply take 1 cup of store-bought pomegranate juice, and 1 cup of superfine sugar, and shake until all the sugar is dissolved.

Blue State Build-Up
1 oz. Light Rum
1 tsp. Blue Curacao
1/2 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1 dash Aromatic Bitters
Directions: Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with cracked ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with 3 floating blueberries.