Media Briefing for Wednesday, November 29, 2006

November 29th, 2006

Media Briefing for Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Will video stores be a thing of the past in the coming years? Walmart is getting into the field of selling the downloading of DVDs. The Seattle Times has a story from AP and Bloomberg News saying Walmart is already offering videos online, and is cooperating with Apple and in the venture.

BitTorrent is another firm getting involved in a major way in the expanding world of video sales online, according to the New York Times which also has a full report on Walmart. AP reports on BitTorrent’s expansion. BitTorrent will be cooperating with Paramount, 20th Century Fox, MTV, and others. The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Are children spending too much time on the Internet? AP cites a new university study that finds 1 in 5 parents say yes to that question. However AP reports the study also found that the internet is not impacting school grades negatively.

On Thursday night at 6 at the downtown library in Seattle, the two Democratic FCC Commissioners are holding a public forum on the issue of media consolidation. One, commissioner Michael Copps, has made a statement in the Seattle Times in which he urges people to “take control of your media.” Copps says he continually hears from the public that they want to hear and see local talent, and coverage of local news and politicans and their local city hall.

A radio talk host on a major Washington radio station, WMAL 630, suggested on his broadcast that all Muslims be given special markings, possibly including tatoos. WUSA channel 9 Washington has this report.

Washington Post columnist Howard Kurtz examines the fallout from NBC’s decision to term the Iraq War a “civil war.” The Post says the fallout has been almost as violent as the war itself.

The average person in the U.S. is bombarded with thousands of ads each day, on television, radio, the internet, ourdoor billboards, newspapers, magazines, and much more. Now, taxicabs in Boston are offering ads on TV screens for passengers. The Boston Globe reports cabs are becoming ad vehicles.

For many years it was outspoken conservatives who were able to drive up ratings by taking strong stands and offering intense criticism of government. Now MSNBC’s evening talk host Keith Olberman has driven up ratings with blistering criticism of George W. Bush. The Los Angeles Times says Olberman has taken off the gloves.

For those interested in movies and Hollywood in general, there is a special website — — that offers a wealth of information. Associated Press has this report.

The George W. Bush administration is using trade sanctions specifically to aggravate and annoy the dictator of North Korea, banning plasmam TV sets, iPods and other high tech items the dictators enjoys, according to Associated Press.

After CNN’s Nancy Grace grilled the Florida mother of a missing little boy, the woman, Melinda Duckett, took her own life. Then criticism of Nancy Grace’s tough questioning ensued. She hired a crisis manager, but the New York Observer says things then got even worse.

For those interested in the history of television, New York’s WPIX channel 11 is presenting a history of its annual holiday Yule Log, which shows logs burning in a fireplace with holiday music. The New York Daily News reports that the special program airs December 23rd at 7 p.m. and the paper notes the Yule Log is now downloadable on the web.