Posts Tagged ‘Washington’

Marion Barry Gets a Pass From the Press

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Imagine the media outrage if a Republican elected official or conservative pundit said “we got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops.” That individual would be subject to calls for resignation, corporate boycotts and firing from their employer. Sadly, those racist remarks were publicly spoken – by a Democrat.

Former four-term Washington, D.C. Mayor and current ward 8 D.C. Councilman Marion Barry made that statement this past Tuesday when he gave his Democrat primary victory speech in front of supporters.

“They (Asians) ought to go. I’m going to say that right now. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too,” Barry added.

Where is the outrage? Where are the liberal pundits, Democratic officials and editorial pages calling for Barry to step down? Their silence is deafening.

The double-standard that exists in the press is troubling to say the least. If it wasn’t for new media outlets such as bloggers and non-profit news organizations many of these stories would never see the light of day.

When former White House Reporter Helen Thomas told a video blogger that “Jews should get the Hell out of Palestine,” and go home to Poland and Germany, the story was ignored by the old media. The blogosphere reported the story which resulted in a White House condemnation of the remarks and Thomas resigning her position with Hearst Newspapers. Not until the White House recognized the story did the traditional media begin reporting on the story.


Nation faces $1,000,000 deficit

Thursday, May 20th, 2010


The Nation is facing a $1,000,000 deficit and, as a result, it’s asking some of its reporters to make pleas for help.

Chris Hayes, the Nation’s Washington editor, sent this fundraising email out today:

Dear Nation Friend:

I’ve never written a fundraising letter — and living in a city where everyone is always hitting up folks for donations, I’m more than happy to keep it that way.  I’m a journalist.  I write articles and books about politics, Washington, and the world around us. And I’m extraordinarily lucky — I get paid to do so by The Nation. My Capitolism column about the political economy of Washington runs every other week in The Nation, and I just launched a weekly audio-cast called The Breakdown that attempts to take complex inside-the-beltway issues and make them understandable and accessible.  It’s the kind of work that I became a journalist to do.

But as you’ve undoubtedly heard, newspapers and magazines are having a rough time. Journalism is in trouble at the very moment when we can’t afford to take our eye off what’s happening in Washington and around the world.   So I’ve been asked by our publishing team to ask you for help by becoming one of our Nation Associates.

Although we run a tight ship, every year The Nation faces new, expensive obstacles like huge increases in postage and paper prices.  And our advertising and subscription revenues just aren’t enough to sustain us.  So we rely on our Nation Associates whose donations represent more than 20% of all of our revenues.  Won’t you join them?

The truth is this magazine faces a hostile environment and a million dollar deficit.  So we rely on our Nation Associates to help us close that gap.  Their donations represent more than 20% of all of our revenues.

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Wall Street Journal Aims to Win Over The New York Times’s Local Audience

Monday, March 22nd, 2010


NY Times

Maybe newspapers really are dying, as some media analysts have been predicting for decades, but apparently that does not apply to newspaper wars. A doozy is shaping up at the moment between The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

In an attempt to eat into The Times’s mass-market audience and lure away some of its luxury advertisers, The Journal has already edged away from its traditional role as a national business paper, adding a daily sports page and a bimonthly magazine, strengthening foreign and Washington coverage and shifting the mix of articles on its front page.

Now The Journal, part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, is making its biggest and most audacious move yet away from its roots, starting up a local news section for New York to compete directly with The Times for affluent, general interest metropolitan readers and the high-end advertisers who covet them.

The new daily section, to start on April 12, will average 12 pages and be included only in those copies distributed in the New York market. According to journalists at the paper, there will be a daily real estate page, and separate daily segments devoted to culture, business and particularly sports.

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Google’s Insider View On Why Newspapers Are Screwed

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Gillian Reagan

Business Insider

“The fact of the matter is that newspapers have never made much money from news,” wrote Google’s chief economist Hal Varian on the Google Public Policy blog.

Varian was writing a summary of his presentation at the Federal Trade Commission’s hearings on the future of journalism in Washington, D.C.

His main messages: Newspapers need to experiment with new business models, publish online because it’s cheaper, and forget about paywalls unless they have specialized content that users really need.

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