Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez has attacked the Hartford Courant for allowing readers to post racist and hateful speech on the paper’s online comment boards, raises an issue increasingly confronting newsrooms across the country as newspapers rapidly transform from primarily a print to an Internet business: How far should newspapers go in policing that kind of speech? TheHartford Courant reports. Mayor Perez wants the Courant to immediately ban what he describes as racist comments and hate speech on the discussion forums on the newspaper’s website. In an open letter dated Monday, Hartford mayor Eddie Perez and five other city politicians demanded that the Courant publisher Stephen Carver publicly apologize for allowing Courant.com to become a “platform for racist hate speech,” reports the Hartford Courant.
Black radio is ebbing, says a new film. The New York Daily News reports.
Kerwin Swint, a professor of Political Science at Kennesaw State University in Georgia and the biographer of Fox News Godfather Roger Ailes, says he “couldn’t believe that no one had written a book on him yet. He’s been such a central figure for so long.” Swint says Ailes is “good at what he does, he knows that (Rupert Murdoch’s) Fox News is not objective, he knows there’s a political agenda there, and the thing is, much of Fox’s audience knows it too, but they’re willing participants. It’s not necessarily that they’re being fooled, it’s that Fox News draws a lot of Republicans, a lot of conservatives who like the kind of news they provide. There’s a willingness on the part of the audience as sort of cheerleaders. But I do think he takes in a lot of people too. There are a lot of people who tune in to Fox who are moderate or who have little information from other sources and they are taken in to a degree.” The New York Observer reports.
Big brands have been slow to move their sponsorships to the Web, says the Washington Post.
Automobile manufacturers are moving their advertising slowly to the Web, says eMarketer.
Internet advertising revenue dipped slightly in the first quarter to about $5.8 billion, ending a streak of 13 quarters of consecutive quarterly growth. Associated Press reports.
While marketers and advertisers have much to cheer in the coming digital revolution, the fastest growth will be in emerging markets, with the United States lagging behind. The New York Times reports.
There is a solution to those dealing with Web overload, having to check multiple sites. Yoono, a site that installs a free sidebar that sits atop the Internet browser and can show pictures of friends, their online status and any updates they have made to their profiles on various Internet sites. Now, the Web browser can quickly see what is going on with his friends at various sites by simply mousing over the sidebar. “It’s a time saver and it’s not annoying,” one user says of Yoono. The Wall Street Journal reports.
At a social networking site, only the businesslike need apply. In the midst of Silicon Valley’s recession-proof enthusiasm for community-oriented Web sites, LinkedIn, the most boring of the social networks is grabbing the spotlight. The New York Times reports.
Engineers who run data centers are in high demand as the growth in such facilities struggles to keep up with the increasing demands of Internet-era computing. The New York Times reports.
The city of Philadelphia is reviving its citywide wi fi project, says Reuters.
Verizon Communications is boosting the speed of its FiOS fiber-optic Internet service in 10 states. The FiOS service areas of California, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington will see new plans that nearly double Internet speeds, says Associated Press.
Yahoo has signed five more mobile search deals, says mocoNews.
Cellular telephone makers are bullish on the second half of this year, says Reuters.
Joan Rivers was asked to leave a live British television program after using two curse words, says Associated Press.
George Carlin is to receive the Mark Twain Humor Prize. One milestone in his career was the “Seven Dirty Words” controversy that became part of a U.S.Supreme Court case in 1978. Carlin, now 71, listed seven words that couldn’t be used on television in a 1972 album called “Class Clown” and he was arrested for obscenity when he performed the routine in Wisconsin. Then Carlin resurrected the list on his next album, which was played on radio station WBAI 99.5 in New York. A listener complained to the Federal Communications Commission eventually the Supreme Court said the routine was indecent but not obscene and the words could be banned from radio and television broadcasts when children are most likely to be in the audience. Thus, the 6 a.m.-10 p.m. rule against airing indecent material. The Washington Post and Associated Press report.
The Sierra Club is running radio ads opposing John McCain in Ohio, reports the Washington Post.
Ninety per cent of the American public now know about the end of analog broadcasting and transition to all digital telecasting in February, says the Philadelphia Daily News.
The 4 p.m. memorial service for Tim Russert is being televised live today by MSNBC, says the Washington Post. MSNBC coverage begins at 3 p.m. Those who will speak will include Tim Russert’s son Luke, former governor Mario Cuomo, and the 7th grade nun who encouraged Tim Russert to start up and be the editor of a student newspaper and his school.
Richard Engel, Phil Donahue and Brit Hume were among those who came to yesterday’s 7-hour wake for Tim Russert, reports the Baltimore Sun.
Tim Russert’s private funeral drew the elites of politics and journalism, says the Buffalo News.
In Connecticut, two spiky-haired Simsbury High School seniors are making homeroom at the school entertaining with their 10-minute TV broadcast “Chris And Chris In The Morning,” reports the Hartford Courant.
How much is an old telephone book worth? A bidder has paid $170,500 for a New Haven telephone directory from 1878, reports the Hartford Courant.
Former AFTRA counsel Tom Powers has died of cancer. The service for Powers will be held Friday morning at 11:30 at the National Labor College in the Lane Kirkland Center, 10000 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland. The Washington Post reports.
A U.S. House Of Representatives Subcommittee has voted to block the FCC’s rule to allow more consolidation, including cross-ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations in the same market. Dow Jones reports.
The CEO of the Chicago Sun Times says he is watching its advertising revenues melt before its eyes, and that there will be more cuts at the paper, reports Midwest Business.
Cox Newspapers are going mobile, says Media Daily News.
The manner in which politicians posture as being unfairly attacked whenever they receive criticism from opponents, is used to try to get the opponents to soften their attacks, says the Washington Post.
There is a look at violence in Milwaukee and absent fathers, in a documentary tonight on Milwaukee PBS station WMVS channel 10, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
When Kimberly Dozier accepted a Peabody Award Monday for her CBS News Sunday Morning story about two female veterans who lost limbs in Iraq, it was a big step in her transition from blown-up journalist to journalist. Even sweeter, from Dozier’s perspective, is that the award has nothing to do with May 29, 2006, when a Baghdad car bomb seriously injured her and killed two CBS News colleagues and a U.S. Army captain out on a Memorial Day weekend story about the Iraq War. Associated Press reports.