Posts Tagged ‘Candy Crowley’
Were these guys watching the same debate?
In the wake of last night’s binder full of shaky Romney moments, the editorial board of U-T San Diego has managed to put some inordinately bright spin on their preferred candidate’s Hofstra town hall performance. To the paper’s credit, the article leads with mentions that President Obama was “much better,” displaying more energy and a real sense of personal engagement. But the piece then goes on to over-emphasize the Romney highlights:
When the president made a statement that carried with it the implication that his policies had led to the U.S. oil and natural gas boom, Romney exposed the phoniness of that by pointing out the boom was on private lands.
Former Longtime WNBC Anchor Carol Jenkins Says TV News Industry Going ‘Right Direction’ for Women, Blacks
Carol Jenkins was a top-notch broadcast journalist for several decades in New York. She is most remembered for her nearly quarter-century at WNBC as an anchor and reporter.
Since leaving the business a decade ago, Jenkins wrote a book and started formulating a second one.
“I thought I was going to have this grand producing career,” Jenkins admits. “My timing wasn’t [good]. I started trying to do documentaries just as reality television [took off].”
But her pet project was being a founding president of the Women’s Media Center.
Always an advocate for more women in newsrooms, Jenkins had the perfect forum for her cause.
Last night marked the first annual Women’s Media Center Media Awards at the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation in midtown. Catered and cozy, the event took place in a small, packed room brimming with well-established female media types and bright-eyed J-school students, with a mic stand in the corner for awardees like Salon.com‘s Rebecca Traister, as well as hosts Gloria Steinem and WMC President Carol Jenkins. â€¨â€¨
The evening was divided into two parts: the first honored six women in the media industry who have done outstanding work in bringing women’s issues to the forefront of media coverage; the second part cued a wag of the finger at organizations and events that shed a particularly negative light upon women in the past year. “It’s very important that we criticize when [women's coverage] is incomplete, but praise when it’s complete,” Steinem said, explaining the reason for organizing the awards this way.
In her opening remarks, Steinem also associated the media with a modern-day campfire, a place where people gather to tell stories and express themselves. “It is crucial that everyone’s stories be told…the media is our campfire,” she said. “And if we cannot tell our stories or have people listen to our stories, we feel alone.”
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Well, here’s a description of the inside of the Obama plane you don’t come across everyday:
It felt like the Lord of the Flies in there…The people who have been there for a long time have all of their little decorations and knickknacks all over the back of the plane. Everyone’s a little grumpy and territorial, and there’s this sense of people thrown together who have been with each other way too long. I got the sense that I was dropping in on a hostage-captor situation.
Nope, not hostages per se, just the state of Obama’s press corps as The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza discovered it upon his return after a few months away. Over at The New Republic journalists are describing the peculiar aspects of the sort of “Stockholm Syndrome” that has developed in the press corp during the longest campaign season in history. For example, CNN’s Candy Crowley sets three alarms each night and writes the following down before she goes to bed: “What city is she in? What time zone? What time does she have to be out of the hotel room the next morning? What day is it?” Says the NYT Jeff Zeleny, “Now that the campaign is winding down, they’re all taking pictures of one another, and you get the sense of summer camp coming to an end.” And some people, like Politico‘s Ben Smith don’t want the madness to end: “It’s so built into my system, that it’s going to be hard to stop…it’s pathological, really.” Six more days!
It’s a rare thing for the HuffPo to pimp one of their columns to us. Rarer, still, for it to be one of Arianna’s own. But this one takes the media to task. And what better place to do that than on mediabistro.com?
Her column, with its post-modern headline, The Mainstream Media’s Take on Iraq: Right, Left… And Dead Wrong, suggests that the media are too busy trying to frame the Iraq war in terms of partisan politics. Her premise is that journalists believe anti-war sentiment is just the stuff of Prius-driving, sea-turtle lovers, while everyone who spent the morning in church yesterday wants to kill A-rabs with their teeth.
“Divorced from the reality of what’s going on in Iraq. Wedded to a deluded perception of the war. Unwilling to acknowledge widespread and irrefutable evidence to the contrary. Sound like anyone you know? No, I’m not talking about President Bush — though it’s certainly true of him as well. I’m talking about the mainstream media, and their relentless depiction of the Iraq war as a left/right issue, even as the facts give lie to this hoary framing.”
Seriously? You’re surprised that the media are unraveling the very fabric of democracy out of sheer laziness and an unyielding adherence to manufactured story lines? Isn’t that why you started a blog?
Either you’re playing coy or you’re the one divorced from reality.