Thursday, March 13, 2008

I almost broke up reading this one on air

Strange but true. As a woman is freed after two years sitting on a toilet seat in Kansas, "the seat went with her to the hospital." Her legs had appeared to atrophy.

How reporters got the story here.

Friday, March 7, 2008

The world must be upside down

Two stories, same day. Were they from the same planet?

FIRST -- WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Bush will veto legislation on Saturday that would have barred the CIA from using waterboarding - a technique that simulates drowning - and other harsh interrogation methods on terror suspects.

Then, incredibly -- WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush chastised most other countries Friday for "a sad and curious pattern" of doing little to speak out against human rights and political abuses in Cuba.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Questions that should have been asked five years ago

It's been five years this week since George W. Bush held a press conference on the runup to the Iraq invasion.

What questions should have been asked that night but were not? Our colleagues at Editor & Publisher, the newspaper trade magazine, raised the questions then and replay there here. It's worthwhile reading.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Circular blogs

Interesting how the blogsphere works.

First, I interview them.

Then, they quote me quoting them.

Then, I'm quoting them ... quoting me.

uh, oh: more media consolidation?

From the trade publication Editor and Publisher"

A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday introduced a resolution to thwart a rule that loosens media ownership restrictions in the nation's 20 largest cities.

They fear the new rule would leave newspaper readers and TV viewers with fewer choices to get their information.

The "resolution of disapproval" was introduced by Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., _ along with 13 Democratic and Republican co-sponsors _ to stop the Federal Communications Commission from implementing the new rule that the agency approved in December. The FCC released the formal order on Wednesday.