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Posts Tagged ‘Karl Frisch’

Ted Kennedy Dead at 77

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Senator Ted Kennedy died last night after a battle with brain cancer. He was 77 years old.

The LA Times obit is here. The NY Times is here.

Our colleagues Jason Boog at GalleyCat and Matt Van Hoven at AgencySpy interviewed Politico.com staff writer Michael Calderone on Blog Talk Radio about Kennedy’s death. Listen here.

There is a lot to say about the Senator; his family, his values, his convictions. Our favorite tribute and perhaps how we all would want to be remembered is from Karl Frisch, a senior fellow at Media Matters, minutes after the news of Kennedy’s death was announced wrote on Twitter, “I met Ted Kennedy as a young conservative at 17 on the Hill. The only Senator who took a min to chat when I recognized him on the street.”

Rest in peace, Senator.

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Debunking the Obama Booty-Gazing Photo

This is Karl Frisch at Media Matters discussing how the Obama photo spread through the internet.

A Pirate’s Life for Beck….Arrrgh

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This is Glenn Beck of Fox News and Karl Frisch of Media Matters at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday.

Is that a pirate cummerbund? Who wears a pirate cummerbund when they’re not employed at Disneyland or over 10 years old? Did he leave his Superman cape at home? Underoos aren’t for wearing on the outside, dude.

Happy Tax Day or Don’t Flame Me Bro

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Protesting about government spending during war time used to be just for hippies. Change we can believe in.

Twitter just got nasty. Really nasty. It just became like the rest of the Internet.

Twitter has erupted because of the teabagging protests organized by Dick Armey. Oh dear. So many many dick jokes – so little time. Tax day has never been this much fun. And twitter has never been this fiery.

Here’s the twitter feed. Here’s Karl Frisch‘s column. Mike Huckabee says Dick Armey owes him an apology. Ken Layne blames Ron Paul here. And of course, Marc Cooper‘s opinion piece in LAT is pretty damn funny.

A Cut On The Bias With New Web App

spinspotter.jpgWe found out about Spinspotter (beta launch today) at BusinessWeek:

A beta version of SpinSpotter, initially accessible only through the Firefox browser, goes live at spinspotter.com on Sept. 8, as does a downloadable toolbar application the company call Spinoculars. When turned on in a user’s Web browser’s toolbar, Spinoculars scans Web pages and spots certain potential indicators of bias. The toolbar also will allow its users to flag phrases in news stories and opine on those called out by other Spinspotter users. The application’s algorithms work off six key tenets of spin and bias, which the company derived from both the guidelines of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code Of Ethics and input from an advisory board composed of journalism luminaries.

Yeah, sounds pretty Owellian and creepy to us. Makes our head spin. Our stomachs churn. But we’re not in the business of correcting spin. We’re in the business of making fun of it. Totally different animal.

So we talked to Karl Frisch, a spokesman for Media Matters, the progressive media watchdog based in Washington, DC. He said to FBLA, “This could prove to be an important tool for all those looking to hold the media accountable for failing to challenge the spin of those they report on. Now more than ever, the American people need to stand up and make sure the media hears their voice. Technology has leveled the playing field, allowing every day Americans to take action when they see flawed or misleading reports – the more tools people have at their disposal, the better.”

Oh and according to the BusinessWeek article, Jonah Goldberg is involved in it. That could make it boring and ineffective. Cough.