A Whole Nother Thing
Seldom at a loss for words.
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*A WHOLE NOTHER THING:
A selection of words from my vast vocabulary, including the ubiquitous "the," the always versatile "and," and the more obscure "incontrovertible," arranged in frequently meaningful, sometimes profound, yet often pedestrian sentences and statements, designed with one goal in mind-- that being, to communicate; keeping in mind the oft-used bromide, "Never use two words when one will do the same job as two or more words would have done, unless you just want to take up space and sound important," which is, I must concede, too often a secret objective of mine indeed. And yet, now, the secret is out.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2008
On Your Side...
I guess this blog is more and more turning into a critique of local news outlets. Maybe that's because this issue is just on my mind lately. Don't know why.
Today's peeve: TV news that feels it has to go out and investigate the schemers to expose their bad ways-- and then pronounce that they are doing "consumer journalism," whatever that is. Personally, I've started to like KGW's TV news. It just seems like-- the news. No hype. No "On YOUR Side" bs. Just the news.
"Consumer journalism" might make a good 7:00 magazine show, but if the TV station has to go out and manufacture the news for their evening newscast, I just cringe.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Channel 12 News: First, Live, Loco
This won't take much of an introduction. Here's an email I sent to the FOX 12 Oregon news department, and some back-and-forth responses:
I realize that television news is a business (a fact that I believe many people just don't understand), but I really have to take exception to a "teaser" you had tonight.
This prompted a response from Channel 12:
"Many news outlets in the Seattle and Portland have been discussing the possibility of Paul Allen [who lives in the Seattle area, already owns several sports franchises in Seattle, has his venture capital firm in Seattle] moving the the Blazers to Seattle once the Sonics head out of town.
To which I wrote back:
Thanks for responding to my comment. I would venture a guess that we're not going to see eye-to-eye on this, but I would like to respond to what you said.
The gentleman at channel 12 sent me some stories, but I did a little digging and found that most of the articles he referred to are years old. I responded with this:
Well, I don't want to beat a dead horse, but the USA Today article is not from Portland or Seattle, as you claimed, and it was written three months ago. All of the other articles you sent are from 2006 or earlier-- long before the Sonics were poised to move to Oklahoma City.
I really dislike news teasers that are misleading and misrepresent the facts. That's just not good journalism.