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Off the Media: Gates v. Garfield v. Blogosphere

“On the Media” co-host Bob Garfield this week asks America’s-richest-man, philanthropist and future thinker Bill Gates what we’ve all wanted to know: What do you think of those Mac ads on TV that make you look really doofy? “But it’s you!” Garfield quips, when Gates refuses to talk about “another company’s” ads. Evidently, not everyone got the point, and Garfield at three in the morning found himself writing a response to a commentary about what a publicity hungry hound he is. That’s almost too meta for us.

Meanwhile, laughter was heard over this script that was cleverly written in the passive voice in which good fun was made of the Administration’s — any administration’s — inability to say “Yep, we did it — sorry,” and instead say that “mistakes were made.” (Though Clinton never did say “Sex was had with that woman” — and Garfield notes that all his examples are from Republicans — we bet a few slippery Democratic examples could have been found.)

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Off The Media: Urinating Editors

Did you think we’d forgotten “On the Media”? Nah, we’ve just been a little distracted.

This week:

  • This joke co-host Brooke Gladstone told didn’t make sense to us until we read it in the transcript:

    A reporter and an editor are going through a desert. They’re really parched. They come upon a pristine pool of water. The reporter jumps right in. The editor, on the other hand, drops his trousers and begins to urinate. And the reporter says, “What are you doing? What are you doing?” And the editor says, “It’s okay, it’s okay. I’m making it better.”

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  • Once-Reluctant LA Times Now Eager to Speak About Hate Crime Coverage

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    If you’ve been following the Long Beach Halloween hate crime story and the media coverage of same, there’s another story in the LA Weekly by an FBLA editor.

    On the Media did an interview that made the powers-that-be at the Los Angeles Times so distressed that an editor placed several frantic phone calls to the NPR producer–on Monday, a federal holiday. Funny, no one at the paper was willing to go on the record when contacted previously.

    FBLA isn’t the only site to have noticed the LAT’s reluctance –Mickey Kaus and the WSJ’s Best of the Web, as well as a number of bloggers linked the the Weekly’s stories.

    Earlier:

    FBLA EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Halloween Hate Crime Story
    David Mills Tells LA Times to Shape Up on Halloween Hate Crime Coverage–Tells FBLA Why

    Off the Media: High Def Porn, Low Def Journalists

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    On the Media this week acknowledged what the New York Times and Wall Street Journal subsequently got to: Pornography not only exists, but technologically sometimes leads the way. The Times tells us porn actually won’t lead the way in HD because the pictures are just a little too real. While the WSJ talks about porn as key in the standards battle between Blu-ray and HD-DVD. Although OTM’s tech expert interview subject says porn might not play a big role, because they do less and less of their stuff on DVD, and more on cable, satellite, Internet and wireless.

    OTM also this week also lets Dennis Kucinich‘s former media advisor Jeff Cohen tell us that the reason Kucinich isn’t taken as a serious candidate is because of arrogant, holier-than-thou reporters who know what’s best for voters better than voters do.

    We could certainly argue a connection between the story — about mainstream news media’s arrogance and lack of touch with the real public — and another OTM’er this week on how bad a year ’06 was for newspapers, with declining circulation and no 20-somethings reading them. Our argument would also note that the supercilious, self-important nature of so many “journalists” — why the f*ck can’t we say “reporters” anymore? Because it doesn’t sound as “important?” — helps account for the popularity of The Daily Show and Colbert Report, which call out the bombast. Which reminds us:

    Where was Colbert/O’Reilly on OTM?

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    Off the Media: Liberal, Censor-Avoiding Apples

    This week from On the Media we learned that:

  • Co-host Brooke Gladstone is willing to joke about her liberal self. In a story about how conservative bloggers (the “right-o-sphere”) are being skeptical of their skepticism of the mainstream media’s Iraq war coverage:
  • “Some conservative bloggers, mired in the ugly truth about the war in Iraq, are wondering whether they should have spent less time attacking the MSM and more time believing it. We thought we’d get into the argument, so we’ve enlisted prominent conservative blogger Ed Morrissey, AKA Captain Ed (pictured). We’ll take the position of — surprise, surprise — the liberal blogs.”

  • People in countries with less-than-free access to the Internet can get around the censor by getting a favored uncle or cousin or someone in a more free place to install Psiphon on their computer and let them in.
  • Apple’s new cell phone device thingy — there, that puts the iPhone in its place — was the big story of the week. And there weren’t enough skeptical stories. (We agree, but we’ll still gladly do some shameful and self-damaging act to get our hands one.)
  • Off the Media: The Human Interest Slog

    eason_jordan_otm.jpgAhhhh, NOW we know what makes for a good cable news story. It has to be “human interest,” which to On the Media co-host Bob Garfield means “aberrant, ongoing and unresolved.” But when he says a story like the Mt. Hood climber search “affects nobody but the principles,” is he forgetting the taxpayer money spent on the rescue efforts? Besides, we’ve heard news people justify this kind of coverage as cautionary tales. (“Remember, when you’re mountain climbing, not to die a horrible death by getting lost …”) OK, sure, those stories push more “real” news aside. But isn’t that what the news business has been about since before the penny-paper days of the 19th Century?

    Impressively for a holiday week (check out the disharmonious “Fa la la la la” at 52:46 on the podcast), they managed to put a show together with no retreads of previous stuff. Co-host Brooke Gladstone interviews Eason Jordan (pictured) about his new “Iraq Slogger” venture — essentially a newswire devoted solely to Iraq that’s already, after weeks in existence, gotten about 500,000 pageviews and some 100,000 visitors, Jordan tells FishbowlNY. OTM covered half of the new business.

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