Posts Tagged ‘journalism’

Cow Farts

February 8, 2014

Cow Farts

Have you heard that story of how methane from the flatulence of 90 German cows caused their dairy barn to explode? It’s probably bullcrap.

“While it’s true that cows can produce 250 to 500 liters of methane per day — mostly through burps that vent their fermenting cud — it’s unlikely that flatulence alone concentrated to the point of being flammable. The more likely suspect behind the methane, says a second report from Humnfelder Zeitung, is the common slurry farmers make from cow manure and urine for fertilizer applications. The soupy mixture puts out high levels of methane that can concentrate more easily than farts and burps, which tend to dissipate much more quickly in a ventilated dairy barn, just as it would in a car with a cracked window.

 ‘The cow itself has little to do with the risk of a methane explosion. This is only a danger when dealing with manure,’ said Dr. Hubery Beier, executive director of the local farmer’s association for Rasdorf.”

– “Media Laps Up Bunk Story on Exploding German Cow Farts,” Sam Brasch, Modern Farmer

Related:

“The Taxonomy of Cow Farts,” Christopher Taylor, Catalogue of Organisms

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Alt-Weaklies

January 2, 2014

Alt-Weaklies

The Association of Alternative Media (formerly the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies) will meet in San Francisco January 23rd to 25th. AAM represents 117 publications, most of them owned by a few corporations.

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Wall Street Journal Health Care Expert: Suzanne Somers

October 30, 2013

Wall Street Journal Health Care Expert: Suzanne Somers

“As a writer of 24 books mostly on health and wellness and by using my celebrity to get to the best and brightest doctors, scientists and medical professionals in the alternative and integrative health-care world, I have come to the following conclusions:

 First of all, let’s call affordable health care what it really is: It’s socialized medicine.”

 — “The Affordable Care Act Is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme,” Suzanne Somers, Wall Street Journal blog

“You might expect the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal to pit its own expert against the Obama administration, seizing on this opportunity to argue for the dismantling of the program. And it did: Its blog The Experts delivered a blistering guest post by an ‘expert’ on health care: Suzanne Somers, the developer of the Suzanne Somers Toning System with ThighMaster Gold and ButtMaster, and the former Chrissy Snow of the sitcom Three’s Company.”

“The Somers commentary is appalling. But that’s not our concern.

 The issue is that a distinguished news organization has risked its reputation by calling this the work of an expert. With the publication of this piece, the Journal is a little less distinguished than it was the day before.”

“Wall Street Journal features the actress Suzanne Somers as an “expert” on health care,” -Paul Raeburn, Knight Science Journalism Tracker (MIT)

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Washington Post — Now With Special Offers!

August 6, 2013

Washington Post -- Now With Special Offers!

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is buying the Washington Post. Responses to the surprise deal are noted by Jim Romenesko (here and here) and Ed Kilgore; journo tweets Storified by Mallary Tenore.  Reactions by Hamilton NolanLydia DePillis, Neil Irwin, Andy Borowitz, Ezra KleinPost publisher Donald Graham and Jeff Bezos. Paul Farhi wrote the story for WaPo.

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What’s Black and White and . . . Mostly White and Male?

July 12, 2013

What's Black and White and . . . Mostly White and Male?

“The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) recently released its annual study of newsroom diversity. The results only confirmed what many who have lived through the industry’s deep recession have already experienced: a steady decline in minority journalists and stagnation in prior progress. Despite claims by news organizations that they value and promote diversity, the numbers in this year’s study show 90 percent of newsroom supervisors from participating news organizations were white.”

– “Newsroom Diversity: A Casualty of Journalism’s Financial Crisis,” Riva Gold, The Atlantic

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Al Jazeera America Expands

January 3, 2013

Al Jazeera America Expands

Surely Fox News is saying “Al Gore Sells Out to Al Jazeera,’ ands it’s sort of true. Al Jazeera America just bought Mr. Gore’s Current TV network in an effort to expand its presence in the USA. Price: $500 million.

Despite winning acclaim and awards for good journalism, American xenophobia and cable provider cowardice have keep Al Jazeera from reaching many US viewers. The new acquisition deal may not help. Time Warner Cable, which carried Current TV, said it won’t carry AJ America.

Breaking News for Islamophobic Fox News Patriots: Saudi Prince Walid bin Talal is the second-largest Fox shareholder.

More:

“Al Jazeera Seeks a U.S. Voice Where Gore Failed,” Brian Stelter, Washington Post blog

“Al Jazeera Buys Current TV, Predictable Bigotry Ensues,” Taylor Berman, Gawker

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Election Predictions

November 8, 2012

Election Predictions

Every four years, media celebrities participate in America’s World Cup of punditry by predicting the winner of the U.S. presidential election. So how did they do?

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Pulitzer Prize for Brenda Starr?

April 18, 2012

Pulitzer Prize fir Brenda Starr?

A Pulitzer Prize for reporter Brenda Starr? Hold page one!

Wait — hold everything. The 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary was awarded to Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich, who wrote the Brenda Starr comic from 1985 until the strip’s demise in 2011.

Mary Schmich, a former Nieman Fellow, has reported for the Orlando Sentinel and Chicago Tribune and has written a column for the Trib since 1992. The award cites “her wide range of down-to-earth columns that reflect the character and capture the culture of her famed city.” She says she’s grateful to the people of Chicago, whose stories she tells in her column. Somewhere, Brenda Starr is tearing up.

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What’s Ahead for 2012

January 2, 2012

What's Ahead for 2012

It’s 2012. While Baby Boomers and other geezers keep asking for their jetpacks and flying cars, most pundits try to keep their 2012 predictions more down-to-earth:

“2012 predictions worth discussing,” Jon Tarlton, Seattle Times

“NBA Predictions for 2012,” Patrick Buscone, Bleacher Report

“A Quick Look At The Year Ahead,” NPR

“Ten 2012 Predictions,” James Poulos, Daily Caller

“Tech Predictions for 2012,” Meredith Popolo, PCMag.com

“15 faith-based predictions for 2012,” CNN

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Best of the ‘Best of 2011′ Lists

December 20, 2011

Best of the 'Best of 2011' Lists

Year-end review lists you might have missed:

“The 45 Best Mugshots Of 2011,” Matt Stopera, Buzzfeed

“Top 10 Physics Breakthroughs of 2011,” Hamish Johnston, Physics World

“Best of 2011: 10 Recycled art pieces made using discarded metal,” Dipan Saha, Green Diary

“The 11 Best History Books of 2011,” Maria Popova, brian pickings

“Reeeemix! The 10 Best Hip-Hop Remixes of 2011,” Chris Yuscavage, Vibe

“Top 10 pundit do-overs of 2011,” By Keach Hagey, Politico

“Top 10 sex scandals around the world from 2011,” Hanna Ingber, GlobalPost

“Ward’s Auto announces its 10 best engines for 2011,” Wayne Cunningham, CNET

“Hack List 2011,” Alex Pareene, Salon

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