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Posts Tagged ‘Tiffany Hsu’

Researcher Takes Issue with LA Times Chick-fil-A Coverage

Following up her initial report about some sloppy MSM reporting that suggested Chick-fil-A “had decided to cease donations to “anti-gay” groups,” consumer research specialist Anne Sorock today retraces the week’s full sequence of events. It’s not pretty.

On Tuesday, Chicago’s Civil Rights Agenda put out a press release claiming that its efforts in concert with local Alderman Moreno had led the chain to “cease anti-gay donations.” On Wednesday, much media coverage followed, followed by a Thursday clarification from Chick-fil-A:

For many months now, Chick-fil-A’s corporate giving has been mischaracterized. And while our sincere intent has been to remain out of this political and social debate, events from Chicago this week have once again resulted in questions around our giving. For that reason, we want to provide some context and clarity around who we are, what we believe and our priorities in relation to corporate giving.

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Industry Group Disputes Another LA Times Green Energy Article

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is no fan of LA Times reporter Tiffany Hsu. In the wake of her August 3 article “The Dark Side of Solar and Wind Power Projects,” deputy executive director Tom Gray has blogged some detailed objections. He does so by quoting instances of the reporter’s “Rhetoric” and then answering in each case with the “Facts.”

Gray’s August 5 complaint comes on the heels of a previous blog entry that criticized two other articles by Hsu. He insists that for her latest piece, she relied on “uninformed speculation by people who oppose wind farms, rather than knowledgeable experts.” Among Gray’s more than half-dozen fact-check observations:

Rhetoric: Accidents involving wind turbines have increased in the last decade, and “watchdog groups fear incidents could skyrocket further — placing more workers and even bystanders in harm’s way … “

Facts: AWEA is not aware of any member of the American public having been harmed by a wind turbine…

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The Grinch Who Stole Santa’s Color Palette

Berkeley atheist and blogger Brody S. (pictured) returned to San Francisco’s edition of SantaCon this past weekend to repeat a most endearing 2009 stunt. Among the sea of Jolly Old St. Nick’s, hers was the only Santa costume decked out in greyscale rather than the usual red and white, so as to create the real-life effect of a Photoshop manipulation.

LA Times blogger Tiffany Hsu shares the fascinating details of “Desaturated Santa”:

Brody bought a sewing pattern and made herself a Santa suit in a dark gray fabric. She took the cloth to a Kryolan SF, a cosmetics and beauty supply store, and color-matched some makeup for her skin.

Then came the gray wig and contacts. A photographer friend taught her how to paint her face. The entire get-up took months to assemble.

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