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CNN Reimagined

AKIE BERMISS: I’ve recently adopted a new coping mechanism for all the terrible news programs out there.  I now categorized my news sources in three basic groups.  There is the “What Is Happening” category – which is purely informative.  No…

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Public Apologies

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I’m growing extremely tired of public figures making statements and then immediately backtracking whenever those statements appear to have provoked the slightest degree of public displeasure or condemnation. That’s why I rather appreciated a recent situation involving James Carville retelling a joke involving Hillary Clinton giving one of her balls to Obama so he’d have two. When Carville was contacted by CNN’s John King and told that that public was “outraged” by his comment, he sounded genuinely surprised at the controversy. It was, he repeated, meant as a joke, and he then added, “If I offended anyone I’m not sorry and I don’t apologize.”

JESSICA BADER: An obviously insincere apology is often worse than no apology at all. It’s usually done for the sake of appearances, the person or group being apologized to can tell that the person doing the apologizing is full of shit, and that person probably resents having to apologize in the first place (after all, if they were cool with apologizing, the apology would probably be sincere). But there is one phrase that’s far worse than your run of the mill half-assed begrudging apology, six words that make my skin crawl with their passive-aggressive douchiness; “I’m sorry if you were offended.” Continue reading

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CNN Reporting On Its Own Twitter Feed

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Meandering out of the gym one afternoon last week, I happened to glance over at one of the giant, ubiquitious plasma TVs that line the walls of every self-respecting gym. Because you can’t have working out without TVs! In any event, this particular TV was tuned to CNN, and at the moment I looked over, the main camera was zooming in for a close-up of…a Twitter message.

HOWARD MEGDAL: CNN’s dangerous decision to start reporting from its own Twitter feed has nearly as many disadvantages as advantages. The biggest problem is the extent it strays from the vital pillars of journalism: random blog posts, what other networks are reporting about, Facebook rants and iReports. Continue reading

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Afghanistan: What Comes Next

JEREMY FUGLEBERG: Sen. John Kerry would oppose sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, even if Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the NATO effort there, would request reinforcements.

Instead, Kerry proposes getting more countries involved, as if that’s the solution to Afghanistan’s situation. At best, his is a throw-up-your-hands suggestion and at worst, it’s empty talk and way too late.

HOWARD MEGDAL: While much of Barack Obama’s remaining domestic agenda hangs in the balance of the 2010 midterm elections, his only hope for further funding of the war in Afghanistan may come from a GOP landslide. Continue reading

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Reflections on Shirley Sherrod

AKIE BERMISS: Let us take a minute and think about the amount of time that has elapsed since the first Shirley Sherrod video broke. Just about week ago the media/blogosphere was all a twitter over a video of the Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture[ speaking at an NAACP function and APPARENTLY confessing to having committed reverse racism. Just a week ago, but of course it seems like ages ago. What are we talking about today? Probably the final death throws of the not-so-important Wikileaks/Afghanistan story, right? I mean, before the Sherrod story broke, all the talk was about Charlie Rangel and the ethics committee. Before THAT scandal we were talking about how watered-down but symbolically-good the financial reform was going to be. We live in the age of the instant story, the instant story. The 24-hour news cycle and all the spin that is fit to print. Trouble is all this new coverage hasn’t led to MORE coverage or MORE news — its led to more coverage of less topics. Its almost fetishistic myopia.

JESSICA BADER: Of everyone even peripherally involved in the Shirley Sherrod saga, only three people – Sherrod herself and the white couple whose farm she helped save all those years ago – came out of it not looking bad in some way. In a slightly gentler universe, the story Sherrod had told at that NAACP function would be the inspiration for a saccharine Lifetime movie chock-full of important lessons. In the universe as it is, things took a far more depressing turn.
And so for a few days last week, Sherrod, the NAACP, Obama, and “reverse-racism” were the story burning on all cylinders. Continue reading

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David Carradine Fans: Shame OR Pride?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Kudos to E! for taking it to the media, so transfixed by the mundane details of David Carradine’s death with their usual auto-erotic asphyxiation bias.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN:Not to be a sentimental fool, but whatever happened to not speaking ill of the dead? Continue reading

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Dullards, dimwits, and dementia: Why 3-D isn’t cool yet

That droplet of blood you see hurdling freely from the screen is not an apt metaphor for the technology that produced it. The plasma and platelets progressed from deep…

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