Fun with headlines

Same story. Same company. Same state.
N&O — Headline: State Republicans find bright spots
Subhed: Despite national woes, party leaders say odds are good for McCrory and Dole
Char-O — Headline: GOP sees tough road ahead
Subhead: Party optimism is directed more toward McCrory and N.C. races than toward the national contests.


Ah, media conglomeration. Wonderful!

Seemingly different takes on a story, but its all the same stuff by the same person. What's not to love?

Here's a thing I sent out to our list serve today ... h/t for Moyers video to Alyosha Popovich at dkos ...

Bill Moyers on Media Conglomeration

This is a 40 minute speech, and worth every single second.

There is a character lesson from the Cherokee he tells. It is short but incredibly deep and relevant.

Later he talks about the different between the public interest and what the public is interested in.

After that he points out that, yes, in fact, there actually is a difference between being a watchdog for the public and being a lapdog for those in power.

He then relates that to the bottom line focus in the news business by explaining how newspapers are now being bought up and stripped of their news and reporting staffs and consequently, stripped of their ability to do in depth investigative stories and/or truly unbiased relevant news reporting.

We all know where this will take newspapers. We've seen it before. TV news started going down this path many years ago and you see what it has got us -- conglomeration ... owners with agendas ... producers with agendas ... editors with agendas ... reporters with agendas ... and finally, a nest of pugilist talking/ranting heads who just spout off at the mouth with no internal dedication to honor, integrity, the truth or fair play.

To the contrary ... now the talkers do their business with the clear intention of making everyone agree with them.

Exploring issues? pffft. That takes too long.

Investigating stories? pfftt. That costs too much.

Asking hard questions? ok That is just too hard.

The owners of news organizations no longer see their purpose in professional journalism -- keepers of the public right-to-know, those who make our democracy open and transparent. They see themselves as businesses.

Well, "Yeah", you say, "they are businesses."

But this is different. They are no longer "also a business," or "a way to make a respectable living". They are now first, last and only, investment ventures, motivated by the get-very-rich-very-quick work ethic --- the first casualty of which is always true news stories, exploration, investigation, and the asking of hard questions which might make advertisers mad.

Then, after Moyers gave this speech about conglomeration, a Fox news assassin with microphone and camera ambushed him in the hall.

Note to Fox News: Do NOT try your slanted, dishonest, aggressive verbal tactics with Bill Moyers. You don't have enough brains to tan your own hide, you're no match for Bill.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Bright spots?

That would be the proverbial headlight of a train speeding the Republican party off the cliff.

McCrory = Dole = McHenry = Hayes = Foxx = George W. Bush


A headlight in the shape of a W.... Looks great, but worthless for lighting the road ahead.

Or maybe those bright spots are like the Brown Mountain lights ... there, but not.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Foxx ?= Bush

James -- Hope you had a great weekend. Your comment above reminded me of a group I joined on Facebook recently called "Rational People Against Sweeping Partisan Generalizations" (or something like that).

I've met many Republicans in our Congressional delegation, and while I didn't get the same amount of interaction with each of them, I was and remain impressed by Rep. Virginia Foxx. Not because we agree on everything, because we don't. But because she cares. She asks questions, she listens, she studies, she takes her votes seriously, and I believe she wants to do well for her constituents, our state, and the nation.

I look forward to working with folks on both sides of the aisle who care, and who aren't tools of special interests. Based upon my interactions, I believe Rep. Foxx falls in that category.

Oh, and I certainly appreciate the fact that you left my good friend Rep. Walter Jones off that list. :-)


PS - I had a most memorable time at the GOP convention this weekend. Political parties are amazing creatures.

William (B.J.) Lawson
Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District

William (B.J.) Lawson, M.D.
Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District

You must not be a Democrat in her district then

because if you were, you'd know that she doesn't listen to anyone with whom she disagrees. She may want to do well for her constituents, but only if they're Republicans. I'm sure someone in Congress has voted more often for the Bush agenda, but I don't know who that might be.

Doesnt Equal Bush?

You are probably right. Considering she voted against the extension of the Voting Rights Act and against funds for Katrina relief one can only assume that she is worse than Bush.

"Keep the Faith"

"Keep the Faith"

Pope, Inc.

If there were ever any doubts that there is a sleeper cell from Pope, Inc., at the News and Observer, this will erase them.

Pearce paired with DeLuca

Democratic strategist Gary Pearce has said Obama's candidacy could boost his party's turnout by 5 percent, or tens of thousands of votes, helping other Democratic candidates.

"For statewide races, that could have an effect," said Francis DeLuca, executive director of the conservative Civitas Institute. "But if you get past the statewide races ... the impact of high African-American turnout is fairly limited in [legislative] district races."

I found it interesting that the N&O paired Democratic partisan Pearce with the GOP partisan DeLuca for responses on their GOP silver lining story. I bet Pearce wishes he could run his consulting business as a tax-exempt charity.

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McCain - The Third Bush Term

I've never been one to generalize.

So I'm going to make educated observations of my county and the precincts therein. The precincts that are predominantly African American are the ones where we have to do the most educating about the non-partisan races, because the voters in those precincts are straight-ticket voters.

Now, the newly registered, or, let's face it, long time registered but voting for the first time in a long time Democrats may or may not be straight ticket voters.

And as I said, I'm only talking about the precincts with which I'm familiar.
Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors