In this political campaign, think the gender war is over? Think again! The macho presence is once again being demanded as qualities for an American president by conservatives and many in the media. From 1853 to 1958, a massive marble statue stood on the steps of the U.S.Capitol. The monument featured a gigantic white pioneer in a buckskin coat holding a nearly naked Indian in a death’s grip, while off to the side a frail white woman crouched over her infant. Now, in 2008, the attacks are already under way, as is evident if one enters the words “Obama” and “effeminate” into a search engine. The effeminacy canard lurks in Mike Huckabee’s imaginings of Barack Obama tripping off a chair and diving for the floor when confronted by a gunman, and in the words of Tucker Bounds, John McCain’s campaign spokesman, who depicted Obama as “hysterical.” News media blatherers and bloggers are taking up the theme. On MSNBC, Tucker Carlson called Obama “kind of a wuss.” Joe Scarborough, the morning MSNBC TV talk show host, dubbed Obama’s bowling style “prissy” and declared, “Americans want their president, if it’s a man, to be a real man.” Don Imus, the radio host, never one to be outdone in the sexual slur department, dubbed Obama a “sissy boy.” Will such attacks succeed? The New York Times reports.
Internet service providers are threatening to place limits on the online activity of their most active subscribers. The New York Times reports.
For the children of today, it’s an on-demand world in which they can record and watch shows when they wish, says the Boston Globe.
A Missouri woman accused of taking part in a MySpace hoax that ended with a 13-year-old girl’s suicide has so far avoided state charges – but not federal ones. The woman, 49-year-old Lori Drew, a neighbor of the dead teenaged girl, is to make an appearance in federal court in Los Angeles, accused of one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorization to get information used to inflict emotional distress. The charges were filed in California where MySpace is based. MySpace is a subsidiary of Beverly Hills-based Fox Interactive Media Inc., which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Lori Drew, of suburban Saint Louis, allegedly helped create a fake MySpace account to convince the teenaged girl, Megan Meier, that she was chatting with a nonexistent 16-year-old boy named “Josh Evans.” The teenaged girl hanged herself at home in October 2006, allegedly after receiving a dozen or more cruel messages, including one stating the world would be better off without her. Lori Drew has denied creating the account or sending messages to Meier. This report is from Associated Press.
The Encyclopaedia Britannica is opening its online pages. Soon you, your family, friends – and even the eccentric man down the street – can publish in the venerable Encyclopaedia Britannica. Britannica is opening its online pages to the masses, inviting public postings. Save any trivia about SpongeBob SquarePants for Wikipedia. But if you want to contribute, by name, to the history of Queen Elizabeth I, Britannica is interested. “By inviting a larger range of people to contribute and collaborate, we can produce more coverage,” said Britannica spokesman Tom Panelas. “People in the community can contribute to the improvement of Encyclopaedia Britannica.” Its adoption of an “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” philosophy, quietly unveiled this month, is seen as heresy by some. Britannica is considered a staid but reliable source of scholarship compared to the wild, woolly – and sometimes inaccurate – world of Internet publishing. Though Britannica made no reference to upstart competitor Wikipedia.org, the strategy is unmistakable, said writer Andrew Keen, author of The Cult of the Amateur. “Britannica is chasing Wikipedia.” The San Jose Mercury News reports.
The Miami Herald is cutting its staff by 250, or 17%.
Americans are tired of super-short sound bites on television that are repeated over-and-over, and are turning to the Internet to learn the full picture, says Associated Press.
The Associated Press is setting guidelines for use of its articles by bloggers, reports the New York Times.
HD radio’s secondary music channels cover far smaller areas than the primary analog FM station. Now, some 18 broadcast companies are asking for power increases for the HD stations, which currently broadcast at only 1% of the analog station power. The FCC mandated that to make sure they wouldn’t interfere with analog signals. Now, a group of 18 broadcasters, four equipment makers and Ibiquity are saying the HD signals don’t go as far and have a harder time penetrating buildings, and should be permitted to operate at 10% of the analog station’s power. All Access.com reports. (scroll down)
Barack Obama says media consolidation has gone too far, reports Broadcasting & Cable.
Former FCC commissioner James Quello, a former top executive with Detroit 50,000-watt AM clear channel station WJR 760, before serving as FCC commissioner in the 1980s, is opposing proposals to impose localism requirements on local broadcasters, according to a statement by him for the Texas Association Of Broadcasters.
The nation needs a government as smart as its cellular telephones, says the Washington Post.
The Yahoo – Google ad deal is coming under criticism from multiple quarters, says the San Francisco Chronicle.
Since the Wall Street Journal was acquired by Rupert Murdoch, has it gotten better? Slate reports.
With Tim Russert’s sudden death, NBC must now replace him. CBS veteran Bob Schieffer says it may take 4 or 5 people to replace him, reports the New York Times.
Politicians across the nation are reacting to the death of Tim Russert, say Associated Press, the Boston Globe,
NBC is mourning the death of Tim Russert, says Media Daily News.
There was a candlelight vigil last night for Tim Russert in the Buffalo area, at Tim Russert Park in West Seneca. Yesterday was designated Tim Russert Day in the city of Buffalo. The Buffalo News reports.
Tim Russert and his New York state background and ties are examined by the New York Times.
Tim Bussert’s death leaves multiple voids, says Hollywood Reporter.
Tim Russert leaves big shows to fill, says the New York Daily News.
Tim Russert was eulogized in a teary eulogy broadcast, says the New York Daily News.
Tim Russert’s great gift to his father 4 years ago, was the book Big Russ about the relationships between fathers and sons. The Buffalo News reports.
Columnist and commentator David Broder speaks about Tim Russert, in the Washington Post.
TV Columnist Tom Shales speaks about Tim Russert, in the Washington Post.
For Tim Russert, success began with lessons from home, says the Buffalo News.
Tim Russert revolutionized and revitalized Sunday morning political talk shows, says the Washington Post.
A passion for politics propelled Tim Russert, says the San Francisco Chronicle.
Through Republican revolution and Republican collapse, the rise and fall of the Houses Clinton and Bush, one war in Afghanistan and two in Iraq, Tim Russert has remained a center of gravity in the national discourse every Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press. The New York Times reports.
Just some of the reaction to Tim Russert’s death has been collected by Associated Press.
Barbara Walters looks back on her career in her new book, says the New York Times.
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann is profiled by the New Yorker.
NBC is trying to close the deal to take over the Weather Channel, says the New York Times
Starting next month, RCN cable in Massachusetts is dropping analog channels to make room for all digital broadcasting, says the Boston Globe.
The embattled general manager of Boston NBC affiliate WHDH channel 7 has resigned, says the Boston Globe.
Two movies are being planned about former Providence, Rhode Island mayor Vincent Ciani, convicted of felonies and imprisoned, and who is now a radio talk show host on Rhode Island’s strongest signal AM station, WPRO 630. Associated Press reports.
Who altered British television? Dr. Who, says the New York Times.
The social networking site MySpace might have friends, but its owner, Rupert Murdoch, wants ad money, says the New York Times.
Rogue computers are being used to ad fraud, says the New York Times.
Small publishers are feeling the pwoer of Amazon’s “buy” button, says the New York Times.
Some of the biggest technology companies have formed a group to fight information overload, reports the New York Times.
Motorola has shaken up its research labs and eliminated 120 people, says mocoNews.
Some are still clinging to hope for a Microsoft – Yahoo deal, says the New York Times.
A Web site, Life Hacker.com, offers tips and outside links to resources to help save money on gasoline, reports the New York Times.
In Poland, prosecutors have decided not to bring charges against a priest making public anti-semitic comments. Father Tadeusz Rydzyk has frequently been accused of fomenting anti-Semitism through his politically influential, ultra-conservative Catholic radio station, Radio Maryja, which broadcasts on many FM channels throughout Poland. Associated Press reports. Some of the station’s programming may be heard in Chicago on AM stations WNWI 1080 and WPNA 1490, and in Detroit on AM station WNZK 690
Former Saturday Night Live and Air America star Al Franken’s bid for the U.S. Senate has become somewhat of a cause c?l?bre among the show business set, with an impressive lineup contributing heavily to his Minnesota campaign. Media Daily News reports.
Cinema ads are seeing blockbuster growth, says Media Daily News.
Time War’s NY1 all news channel is squaring off against Verizon FiOS, says Media Daily News. Announcements point out NY1 is available only on Time Warner, not on Verizon Fios.
Broadcast networks are starting to do ad make-goods online, instead of the traditional broadcast, says Media Daily News.
The shift from traditional media to online media is contributing to the economic slowdown, according to Online Media Daily.
NBC is bringing the Oxygen cable TV network, which it acquired last year, totally into the fold, says the New York Times.
Brazil, Russia, India and China collectively have 1.2 billion mobile telephones, says eMarketer.
The Hollywood studios are editing their home video strategy, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The new studio for the 4-hour live morning news show at Milwaukee’s WITI channel 6 is profiled by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
FCC chairman Kevin Martin will support the merger between New York-based Sirius and Washington-based XM satellite radio, say Washington Post, Associated Press, Reuters, and Media Daily News. Conditions will include allowing a la carte subscriptions, says paidContent.