Getting catty


Been one helluva week so far. Surely some are getting…

What Obama doesn’t want you to hear


In the game of hearts and minds, the following is what Obi doesn’t want you thinking or feeling.

No one understands this better than Barack Obama and his team, who won the 2008 election in part because they were better storytellers than the opposition. The pro-Obama narrative featured an almost mystically talented young idealist who stood for change in a disciplined and thoughtful way. This easily outpowered the anti-Obama narrative, featuring an opportunistic Chicago pol with dubious relationships who was more liberal than he was letting on.

A year into his presidency, however, Obama’s gift for controlling his image shows signs of faltering. As Washington returns to work from the Thanksgiving holiday, there are several anti-Obama storylines gaining momentum.
Enchilada.

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Government to “help” newspapers?


The US Free Trade Commission – yes, a wing of governemnt –  is thinking of stepping in to “help” out media companies, namely online newspapers which are having trouble turning a buck, namely ’cause most people don’t bother clicking on the ads. Still, reading the article, it may not be as bad as perhaps first reactions tell you it is – may. It seems a lot of it could be easing off on taxes, anti-trust leislation, and cross-media ownership. And that’s pretty good at first glance.

Of course the dinosaur of the industry, Rupert Murdoch,  thinks online newspapers will die unless people are made to pay.  He reckons readers should cough up the cash because, wait for it, “Good journalism is an expensive commodity.”

Why yes, Rupert, yes it is. And that’s why your papers should remain free. Apart from a few standout journalists here and there, most newspapers, and not just his, are riddled with propaganda, puff pieces, lazy investigative work, and stuff many non-journalists can do quite easily. Take bloggers for example.

Is Rupert jealous? Frustrated? That in many instances, the blogosphere has shown up the MSM? Either way, if all news outlets made us pay, it would spell the end of – or at best a very damaging blow to – blogging.  He realises bloggers feed off the media – for free – quite often, but doesn’t he also realise the media feeds of the blogosphere – for free -, too?

Ariana Huffington isn’t impressed.

“It’s time for traditional media companies to stop whining.”

Ditto.

PS Rupert, why don’t you charge more for the ads? Just like on TV, nobody really wants to look at them. So why do TV ads cost so much, yet online ads at major newspapers don’t comparitively? And besides, you’re not really short of a buck.

From my Death of Blogging post:

“The publisher of The Wall Street Journal, The Australian and Dow Jones Newswires posted a loss of $US203 million ($241m), or US8 cents a share, for the quarter, compared with earnings of $US1.1 billion, or US43c a share, a year ago.

So financial crisis aside, which screwed everyone, and when News Ltd was still providing a ‘free’ online news service, Rupert made 1.1 BILLION dollars… and yet he still wants to charge us! And when many of us work for free for his blogs!

I smell a rat, a rat so big Left-wing bloggers should be concerned, too.

If Murdoch wants to bury his own ‘newspapers’, fine. Actually… no, because it will bury a Golden Era where the public was no longer restricted to but a few news sources but could freely roam the globe thanks to the WWW and see this perspective up against that perspective in ways past generations could only have dreamed of.

And now Murdoch (if his business model is successful and other outlets follow suit [even though other outlets have FAILED already trying so]) wants to ruin that, which will ruin the blogosphere, and most likely, seriously hurt his business.

Mr Murdoch’s comments came as News Corp reported US$680 million in writedowns and other one-off charges largely related to the company’s social networking site, MySpace.
So get rid of MySpace. Facebook kicks its arse anyway.”


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No more counting Russia’s missiles


Republicans blame Democrats. Democrats blame Republicans. I blame global warming.

Finally, it’s mainstream


With thanks to you know who… and Dave.

Climategate boss, Phil Jones, steps down


What a ripper of a day! Cop that KRudd, you little snake, trying to strike a deal in Copenhagen that will make the UN more powerful than ever just before you try to move in on it.

H/T Jane at Tim’s.

UPDATE II

Penn State university, home of Michael “hockey stick” Mann, is also launching an investigation into Climategate. Good.

US Senator, James Inhofe calls for a probe, too.

ETS bill defeated!


Woo-hoo!

UPDATE – same link

KRudd now has a double dissolution trigger.

UPDATE II – same link.

Krudd will try again in February, after the break (that’s considerably longer than most of us get).

UPDATE III

Bolt’s take.

Tim’s take.

UPDATE IV

Tony Abbott is now on twitter. It was announced on his Facebook page.

With thanks to Tizona editor-in-hiatus, Spot the Dog.

Wednesday Bolt


#1 The game suddenly changes

#2 Being green gives you a licence to lie

#3 Column – At last a fight over this mad tax

#4 Column – The Age of Seeming

#5 Hand it to hustling Gore

#6 Climategate: two investigated as coverup exposed

#7 Rudd’s great  green tax is verruckt

# 8 Howard made them lousy artists… Louis Nowra agrees Australian film suck – and blames John Howard <i>groan</i>.

# 9 Combet’s angry eyes… about Labor’s increasingly desperate calls labelling us as  extremists and deniers.

# 10 Running scared… more about #9

# 11 Obama orders a fight-retreat in Afghanistan… on how Obama’s doing what he oppsed when Bush did it – a troop surge – but putting a stupid timetable on it. So that makes him a hypocrite and a moron.  More from yesterday.

# 12 Climate gate: Keep spreading the news… one I missed yesterday. Thirteen million hits on google now.

UPDATE

Does numbering them help?

UPDATE II – re #11

What will the troop surge do for Obama’s approval ratings on this issue, which have taken a beating the past few months?

UPDATE III

Re #11 Success is the real exit strategy.

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