Monday, November 24, 2008

Is liberal media about to be balanced? Not likely.

"Wouldn't the Fairness Doctrine bring greater balance to a broadcast media that is heavily dominated

  • Not likely.

commentators who have an overt point of view. Worst of all, the doctrine would be applied on a case-by-case basis, giving Obama's FCC the power to determine which speech should be suppressed.

The doctrine is even more blatantly unconstitutional today than it was when the FCC repealed it 21 years ago. Whatever the vitality of the Red Lion rationale in 1969, the advent of the Internet along with other technological advances have rendered the notion of spectrum scarcity utterly obsolete.

A president-elect who owes his record-breaking fundraising and electoral victory in large measure to new forms of communication cannot plausibly justify censorship of traditional media outlets." via Radio Daily News

  • ('Localism' is another avenue Oby could explore). sm

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

MLB Green Advisory from NRDC recommending 'carbon offset' purchases

  • "NY Mets/ Transportation/ Carbon offsets for transportation

Your team may want to consider reducing the net carbon emissions associated with its transportation needs by purchasing carbon offsets.

  • When your team buys a carbon offset, it is investing in a project – such as new renewable energy projects –
  • that will yield a measurable reduction in future greenhouse gas emissions.

You may also wish to suggest similar programs to the bus, truck, car, and rental companies with which you do business.

However, carbon offsets should not be the first option when attempting to improve the environmental profile of your transportation. Before purchasing offsets, consider implementing other initiatives to promote environmentally superior forms of transportation such as walking, bicycling, public transportation, car pools, and the use of high fuel-efficiency vehicles.

Green-e and the California Climate Action Registry have recently launched certification programs to ensure the environmental quality of carbon offsets. We recommend offsets that meet the Green-e Climate Protocol for Renewable Energy and any of the Climate Action Reserve protocols. However, it is still useful to ask providers what type of projects they invest in, how they ensure that these investments deliver additional environmental benefits, and whether the projects have negative environmental impacts.

Calculate your carbon emissions

What are Carbon Offsets?

Greenhouse gas offsets are investments in projects that avoid, capture or sequester emissions of greenhouse gasses.

  • renewable energy projects, such as solar and wind power, and the capture of methane at agricultural or waste facilities.
Environmental Benefits

It is sometimes not possible to bike to work or ride public transportation every day. And while hybrid cars are more fuel efficient than the average car, they still run partially on gasoline and therefore emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

"Additional Resources
Green-e Climate standard
EPA's Carbon Calculator
Clean Air, Cool Planet: Consumer’s Guide to Retail Carbon Offset Providers

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

TV station said to tailor news programs for sponsors

(LA Times) "A television news director who was fired by Univision Communications Inc. last year for allegedly slanting the news fired back Monday, contending in a lawsuit that company executives shaped stories to woo advertisers.
  • Jorge Mettey served for five years as the influential news director of Univision's flagship KMEX-TV Channel 34, which is Los Angeles' top-rated station. He was ousted in April 2007 after the company determined that he breached ethics policies in directing news coverage.
The suit, filed in federal court in Santa Ana,claims that Mettey was fired after he refused to go along with Univision's alleged practice of tailoring news coverage for some advertising sponsors.

"During his employment, Mettey encountered problems with Univision's desired method of conducting business, specifically the sale of news content
  • An advertiser's logo sometimes would be displayed during an interview,
  • or a company's name might be mentioned "to millions of television viewers even though the story may not have been newsworthy," the suit contends. The suit does not cite specific examples.
  • The situation intensified in early 2007, after a group of investors acquired Univision in a $12.3-billion leveraged buyout, said Federico Sayre, an attorney for Mettey. "The pressure was on to increase advertising revenue in short fashion," Sayre said.
Univision dismissed Mettey's claims. "The suit has absolutely no merit," said general counsel Douglas Kranwinkle."

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Judge a person by his actions, not his words

"Veteran Sun-Sentinel reporter Mark Hollis is leaving the newspaper at the end of the month to take a job as communications director for

Before being transferred to the Sentinel's Palm Beach County office last year, Hollis had covered state politics in Tallahassee since 1994. He will begin his new job with the Democrats on December 1. He said he was approached by Barry Kling, staff director for the House Democratic Office, about the job and only formalized the hiring yesterday. During the process, he interviewed with House Minority Leader designate Franklin Sands, a rep from Weston. His salary will be $75,000."

Among comments to article:

"Sam the Sham says:

Big D says:
  • Anyone who couldn't recognize the Dem slant to this guys writing would have to be blind. He was already working for the Dems... the real news is that he will no longer have a paid job with the SS.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Today's media environment is not for cowards or girly-men, so just move along

"In a grim media-cultural environment, the temptation for American conservatism is to be seduced into becoming one of those We should have the fight about conservatism's future vigorously and openly — perhaps at Bud's Roadhouse out on Route 137 in lieu of All-Girl Mud-Wrestling Night."...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

US media sits on story of Obama letting his aunt live illegally off Boston taxpayers

  • Boston area slum director termed the aunt an 'exemplary' resident. In the Obama photo gallery she is next to his brother who lives in a hut for $12/ year. photo from
The Aunt has lived there for several years, yet
  • no one in the US media dared mention her.
  • Her story was uncovered by the London Times.