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‘Local’ News: Sinclair’s Soldiers in Trump’s War on Media

April 3, 2018

Nearly 200 TV stations across America are owned by a single company, the Sinclair Broadcast Group. Headquartered in the Baltimore area, the firm is owned by the conservative Smith brothers (no, not them), David, Frederick, J. Duncan, and Robert. Sinclair Broadcast HQ forced local news anchors at its stations to read a script echoing Donald Trump’s dismissal of major media as ‘fake.’ Videos from Think Progress and Deadspin (above) capture the scope of this truly phony ‘local’ editorial item. Right-wing rival Fox News said the Sinclair TV anchors “looked like hostage victims.”

Sinclair’s $3.9 billion deal to buy an additional 42 TV stations from Tribune Media is awaiting FCC and antitrust review. If approved, Sinclair broadcasts could reach 72% of American households.

More:

“How America’s Largest Local TV Owner Turned Its News Anchors Into Soldiers In Trump’s War On The Media,” Timothy Burke, Deadspin

“As Sinclair’s sound-alike anchors draw criticism for ‘fake news’ promos, Trump praises broadcaster.” Paul Farhi, Washington Post

“CNN: Local Sinclair Staff Trash Must-Run ‘Propaganda’ Segments,” Matt Shuham, TPM Livewire

“Sinclair Chairman Claims Entire Print Media Has ‘No Credibility,’” Olivia Nuzzi, New York Magazine

“Sinclair-owned TV station chooses not to air media bias promo,” Avery Anapol, The Hill

“Public Shaming Won’t Stop Sinclair,” April Glaser, Slate

“The nation’s biggest conservative broadcaster is putting words in its anchors’ mouths. Critics blame the FCC.” Brian Fung, Washington Post

Related:

“Local news hurt by broadcast media conglomerate,” Chloe Reichel, Journalist’s Resource

“Sinclair says asking news directors for PAC contributions isn’t a conflict of interest,” Al Tompkins, Poynter

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White House Admits It’s a Reality Show

February 12, 2018

White House Admits It's a Reality Show

On the Celebrity Big Brother TV show, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman made critical comments about President Donald Trump and her time in the West Wing. White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah noted that Manigault Newman first met Mr. Trump while she was a contestant on NBC’s The Apprentice:

“Omarosa was fired three times on The Apprentice, and this was the fourth time we let her go.”

More:

“On ‘Big Brother,’ America Gets the Reality-TV Politics It Deserves,” James Poniewozik, New York Times

Related:

“Omarosa Was Reportedly Fired for Abusing the White House Car Service,” Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut

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The Best of ‘The Best of 2017′ Lists

December 19, 2017

The Best of ‘The Best of 2017′ Lists
2017 “Year-In-Review” lists you may have missed:

“The Best Metal Albums Of 2017,” Doug Moore, Stereogum

“The Best Snowshoes of 2017,” Outside

“10 Worst Business Names of 2017,” Emily Canal, Inc.com

“Top-10 Hip-Hop Sneaker Collabs Of 2017,” Kyle Rooney, HotNewHipHop

“The Best Philosophy Books of 2017,” Nigel Warburton, FiveBooks.com

“Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2017,” Kottke.org

“The 15 Best Comics of 2017,” io9

“The 10 Best Ads of 2017,” Tim Nudd, Ad Week

“2017 Top 10 New Species,” ESF International Institute for Species Exploration

“Silicon Valley’s Worst Apologies of 2017,” Melanie Ehrenkranz, Gizmodo

“Biggest Celebrity Breakups of 2017,” ETonline

“9 Most Hated Soap Opera Couples Of 2017,” Dorathy Gass, Fame10.com

“The Best Art of 2017,” Roberta Smith, Holland Cotter, Jason Farago, New York Times

“The 10 Best Graphic Novels Of 2017,” Rob Salkowitz, Forbes

“The Most 2017 Photos Ever,” Alan Taylor, The Atlantic

“Instagram’s Favorite New Yorker Cartoons of 2017,” Emma Allen, The New Yorker

“27 Best Moments For Women in 2017,” Hannah Smothers, Cosmopolitian

“The Best Stories By Women In 2017,” Kaitlin Cawley, Margaret Wheeler Johnson, and Gaby Moss, Bustle

“Top 10 moments for women’s rights in 2017,” Global Fund for Women

“10 Best WWE Women’s Wrestlers Of 2017,” WhatCulture

“The worst fashion fads of 2017,” Janine Puhak, Fox News

“2017: 10 of the Year’s Top Fashion Lawsuits,” The Fashion Law

“The 10 Design Trends Of 2017 That Need To Die,” Diana Budds, FastCoDesign

“The 12 best architecture controversies of 2017,” Architect’s Newspaper

“16 Of The Most Amazing Celebrity Eyebrow Transformations Of 2017,” Julie Gerstein, Buzzfeed

“The Top 10 Science Stories of 2017,” Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American

“The Most Significant Science Setbacks of 2017,” Kristen V. Brown, Gizmodo

“Top 10 weird science stories of 2017,” Australian Science Media Centre

“The Biggest Junk Science of 2017,” Real Clear Science

“The 50 Biggest Pop Culture Food Moments of 2017,” Andrew Parks, Food & Wine

“14 of the most atrocious fast food creations from 2017,” Jennifer Machin, Mashable

“The top Google searches of 2017,” Axios

“Top 10 NHL bloopers of 2017,” Kyle Cantlon, Yahoo Sports

“The 10 Worst Data Breaches of 2017,” Adam Stone, Security Magazine

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How Martin Luther Went Viral

September 6, 2017

How Martin Luther Went Viral

500 years ago a disgruntled Catholic priest named Martin Luther is said to have nailed his handwritten 95 Theses to a church door in Wittenberg. Well, maybe he did, but that 1517 parchment blog post, with the clickbait title Disputatio pro declaratione virtutis indulgentiarum, was picked up by the cool kids of the day, nerds who translated it from Latin to German, coded it into moveable type and spread it across Europe with their newfangled printing presses.

More:

“How Technology Helped Martin Luther Change Christianity,” Tom Gjelten, NPR

“Long Before Twitter, Martin Luther Was a Media Pioneer,” New York Times

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How a TV Show Is Made

January 26, 2017

How a TV Show Is Made

The making of a TV show, from showrunner to script to screen, explained by Caroline Framke of Vox:

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The Best of ‘The Best of 2016′ Lists

December 12, 2016

The Best of ‘The Best of 2016′ Lists

2016 “Year-In-Review” lists you may have missed:

“10 Best Air Jordan Releases Of 2016,” Kyle Rooney, Hop New Hip Hop

“The Best Snowshoes of 2016,” Outside

“Instagram’s Best of 2016,” David Cohen, Social Times

“Top 10 religious liberty stories of 2016,” Don Byrd, BJConline.com

“The biggest tech turkeys of 2016,” Roger Cheng, CNET.com

“The 10 Most Popular Viral YouTube Videos of 2016,” Raisa Bruner, Time

“The Best Horror Movies of 2016,” Noel Murray, Screencrush

“The 65 BEST Drugstore Beauty Products of 2016,”Sue Williamson, Tina Ferraro, Sarah Wu, and Emily Gaynor Teen Vogue

“The best tiny houses of 2016,” Adam Williams, New Atlas

“Top 10 cultural buildings of 2016,” Design Boom

“The 16 Greatest Facial-Hair Moments of 2016,” Adam Hurly, GQ

“10 Breakthrough Technologies 2016,”  MIT Technology Review 

“The Best Classical Music of 2016,” Anthony Tommasini, Zachary Woolfe, Corinna de Fonseca-Wollheim, David Allen, and James R. Oestreich, New York Times

“The 20 Best Metal Albums of 2016,”  Alex Di Stefano, OC Weekly

“The top baby names of 2016,” WTOP Radio

“Leaders of the pack! Here are the top dog names of 2016,” Randee Dawn, Today

“The 10 most potentially dangerous toys of 2016,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations for 2016,” Tom Musick, Safety+Health Magazine

“The Top 10 Worst Songs of 2016,” Time

“5 Best Latin Music Videos Of 2016: From Gente De Zona To Thalía,” Joan Wallace, Latin Times

“The best movie trailers of 2016,” A.A. Dowd, A.V. Club

“Most overpaid actors of 2016 revealed,” Luke Morgan Britton, NME

“The 10 most important employment law cases in 2016,” Stephen Simpson, Personnel Today 

“The Best Book Jackets of 2016,” David Canfield, Slate

“The 10 Best Comic Books of 2016,” Abraham Riesman, Vulture

“The Best Self-Published Books of 2016,” Huffington Post

“Top 10 YA and Children’s Books,” Sarah Begley, Time

“Best poetry collections of 2016,” Elizabeth Lund, Washington Post

“The 25 Best Rap Verses Of 2016,” Collin Robinson, Stereogum

“10 meme themes of 2016,” Randi Stevenson, Chicago Tribune

“10 Amazing Scientific Discoveries of 2016,” Jonathan H. Kantor, Listverse

“The Top 16 Junk Science Stories Of 2016,” Alex Berezow, American Council on Science and Health

“The 18 Best Celebrity Bodies on 2016,” Adam Hurly, GQ

“The Best TV Hair in 2016: See Who Made the Cut!” Sadie Gennis, TV Guide

“TOP 10 temporary structures of 2016,” Design Boom

“The Best Marijuana Stocks in 2016,” Keith Speights, The Motley Fool

“The Best, Worst, and Weirdest Fast-Food Creations of 2016,” Dan Myers, The Daily Meal

“Top 2016 Legal and Regulatory Trends in Dietary Supplement Industry,” Natural Products Insider

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It’s Beginning ….

December 5, 2016

It’s Beginning ….
On the shelves of Retail America, it began to look like Christmas the day after Halloween. The perfume and electric shaver ads began appearing a few weeks later, and we’ve already had two weeks of commercial-heavy seasonal TV specials. Try to dig yourself out of the blizzard of consumerist frenzy.
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AP Rules on Writing About the ‘alt-right’

December 1, 2016

AP Rules on Writing About the 'alt-right'

How should the press write about the “alt-right” cabal behind the election victory of Donald Trump, that loosely-affiliated group of folks who look like sharp-dressed young Republicans with odd haircuts who have a “think tank,” but give nazi salutes and speak ill of African Americans, Jews, and non-European immigrants?

The Associated Press has finally decided. After the election. Thanks a lot, AP.

“ ‘alt-right’ (quotation marks, hyphen and lower case) may be used in quotes or modified as in the ‘self-described’ or ‘so-called alt-right’ in stories discussing what the movement says about itself.

Avoid using the term generically and without definition, however, because it is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience. In the past we have called such beliefs racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist.

Boilerplate

Again, whenever ‘alt-right’ is used in a story, be sure to include a definition: ‘an offshoot of conservatism mixing racism, white nationalism and populism,’ or, more simply, ‘a white nationalist movement.’

— “Writing about the ‘alt-right,'” John Daniszewski, AP Vice President for Standards, Associated Press blog

Of course, not everyone is an editor. Some writers see it another way:

“Keep calling the alt-right ‘the alt-right.’ Soon, it won’t be a euphemism anymore.” Julian Sanchez, Washington Post

Then again, look here.

More:

“News organizations are telling writers to be clear that the alt-right is a racist movement,” German Lopez, Vox

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Videocassette Recorders: The Last Rewind

August 5, 2016

Videocassette Recorders: The Last Rewind

Hold on to your remote control, Grandpa. The last VCR has rolled off the assembly line. The only remaining Japanese manufacturer of VCRs, Funai Electric, maker of VHS machines sold under several brand names, has stopped making the gadgets. Those things wear out, so get over to Sears now and get one from the remaining stock if you want to be able to show the grand kids Mickey’s Christmas Carol again this December.

More:

“Last known VCR maker stops production, 40 years after VHS format launch,” Mark Walton, Ars Technica

“So Long, VCR. We Hardly Knew You (Were Still Around),” Gabriel Rosenberg, NPR 

“The VCR Is Officially Dead, But We’ll Never Forget It,” Brian Barrett, Wired

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Trump Explains His Agricultural Policy

August 3, 2016

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump first outlined his agricultural policy at the 2005 Emmy Awards in the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California.

Related:

“A Donald Trump presidency could lead to food shortages in the US,” Deena Shanker, Quartz

“Farmers: Trump ‘terrible for agriculture,'” Bill Tomson, Politico

“Here Is the Mysterious High Roller Donald Trump Wants to Put in Charge of Our Food,” Tom Philpott, Mother Jones

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