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Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade


I may prefer their last disc, for now...KINGS OF LEON get a rave review for their new disc from Rolling Stone.

ROBERT POLLARD is auctioning stuff from his personal collection o­n eBay.

CAT STEVENS: The singer turned Muslim activist Yusuf Islam, released a statement that he had obtained "substantial" damages against two British newspapers which alleged he had been involved in terrorism following the decision by U.S. authorities in September 2004 to refuse him entry to the U.S. o­n "security grounds." Note that it's much easier to win a libel case in the U.K. than in the States.

GRAMMY DREGS: Star Jones Reynolds tried to RSVP Grammy afterparties to which she was not invited.

THE BIGGEST CONSUMER FRAUD IN HISTORY: Six Gambino mobsters have pleaded guilty to running a 650 million dollar scam involving porn websites and phone sex services.

HOWARD DEAN gets respect from a new blog at National Review o­nline called Beltway Buzz.

The man who saw targets everywhere became oneBLOGGERS AND JOURNALISM: There is continuing fallout from the forced resignations of Jeff Gannon (noted here Friday) and Eason Jordan (noted here Monday). L'affaire Gannon is forcing a discussion of how people are credentialed for the White House press room. Meanwhile, Jordan's resignation from CNN has caused some in the traditional press to become as hysterical as some in the "blogosphere." Former TV Guide critic and Entertainment Weekly founder Jeff Jarvis, puts the issue into perspective at his blog, BuzzMachine.

The Media Mix column in Tuesday's USA Today addressed the growing clout of blogs by speaking to Jonathan Klein, a former CBS News exec tapped to run CNN in December, who claims that his six years at an internet venture prepared him for the kind of intense scrutiny that led to Jordan's undoing. The column fails to mention that when blogs broke the story of 60 Minutes Wednesday having used unauthenticated and probably forged memos in a story about President Bush's Air National Guard service, Mr. Klein's response was: "You couldn't have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of check and balances [at '60 Minutes'] and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing."

USA Today also quoted former CNN chairman Tom Johnson as calling the attacks o­n Jordan "unjustified ... almost irrational" and University of Missouri journalism professor Thomas McPhail as saying Jordan "contributed to upgrading the craft of journalism. Now he is roadkill for the bloggers." I don't know how Johnson comes to his position, given that Jordan and CNN declined to ask the World Economic Forum to have the videotape of Jordan's remarks made public. Indeed, most of the bloggers were interested in seeing the videotape before discussing whether Jordan should be disciplined or fired.

So I cropped it. I'm not completely tasteless.Prof. McPhail seems to have forgotten that Jordan first came to the public's attention by admitting that he suppressed stories about the brutality of Saddam Hussein's regime, ostensibly to protect CNN employees -- but said protection would not have been an issue had CNN chosen to withdraw from Iraq instead, citing the incidents as the reason for doing so. Prof. Mc Phail also may not be aware that Jordan previously accused U.S. soldiers of arresting and torturing journalists and accused the Israeli Defense Forces of targeting CNN journalists. Jordan was in a position to have CNN report these stories, but the stories were not reported, suggesting that they are unproven at best. Suppressing news and spreading unproven smears does not, imho, upgrade the craft of journalism. But it just might have gotten Jordan a date with Sharon Stone. So he's got that going for him.

BLOGGERS AND THE REPORTER'S PRIVILEGE: I noted this issue a while back, opining that the rules should be the same for bloggers and reporters, lest government become involved in defining who has the right to freedom of the press. Tuesday, the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled that New York Times reporter Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper of Time Magazine must comply with a subpoena from a grand jury investigating whether the Bush administration illegally leaked CIA operative Valerie Plame's name to the news media. In the opinion, the court addresses issues raised by bloggers, with Judge Sentelle even alluding to the Jonathan Klein quote linked in the previous item by referring to "the stereotypical 'blogger' sitting in his pajamas at his personal computer posting o­n the World Wide Web..."

Sweaty, nauseated from the smaell of coffee waking him upJACKO JUSTICE: Michael Jackson was taken to the hospital with the flu Tuesday, putting jury selection o­n hold for another week. Translation: Jackson is out of the denial stage.

CORRECTION: I previously linked to a story about a woman who turned down a job at a brothel in Berlin facing possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under a new German law. That story is a hoax; although a German newspaper claimed there had been "isolated cases" of requiring work in brothels, it did not provide any source or documentation to back up that statement.

DON'T KNOW MUCH GEOMETRY at the New York Times which issued a correction more embarrassing than the o­ne I just made: "The Keeping Score column in SportsSunday o­n Jan. 23, about a mathematical formula for projecting the winner of the Super Bowl, misstated the application of the Pythagorean theorem, which the formula resembles. The theorem determines the length of the third side of a right triangle when the length of the two other sides is known; it is not used to determine the sum of the angles in a right triangle." Presumably, the NYT also has similar problems covering Shaquille O'Neal.

CULT OF THE iPod: Wired takes in the celebrity sightings at L.A. area Apple stores. At o­ne store, Robin Williams took his picture o­n every computer with a camera attached and left the portraits open o­n the desktops. "That was truly great," said o­ne of the anonymous associates.

Pitt and Damon also, allegedly.GEORGE CLOONEY continues to feast o­n the corpse of Frank Sinatra.

NAPSTER'S COPY PROTECTION scheme has already been defeated.

BELARUS: As in Ukraine and Georgia, White Russians are struggling for democracy. Incidentally, though folks like Craig O'Neill already know this, Belarus translates as White Russia. So I'm not talking about the cocktail.

EDUCATION BLOGGING is rounded up at the first Carnival of Education for our readers like Prof. Ken King, who is o­n the site as I type this.

BIOPOLITCS: Having mentioned this emerging concept the other day, I note that National Journal has an article up o­n the potential impact of longevity science o­n Social Security. Author William Powers ought to be more concerned about its potential impact o­n Medicare.

MEN ARE FROM MARS, ETC.: Psychologist and author Michael Gurian believes there are about a hundred structural differences that have been identified between the male and female brain.

CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT: In an effort to save $250,000 this year, inmates in Michigan state prisons and people in boot camps and correctional centers won't be able to get free coffee after March 1st. I smell a franchising opportunity for Starbucks...

WHERE IS JESSE JACKSON when Black History Month is under attack?

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Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 08:00 AM
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NOT in VainJOE STRUMMER has a locomotive named in his honor.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: He's trying to rehab, so the Babyshambles have pulled out of their NME awards gig.

GLENN REYNOLDS (the Instapundit) takes a well-deserved shot at music industry lawyers filing suits generated by robots.

BRAD AND JEN UPDATE: It looks like Jen has moved o­n to Vince Vaughn, baby!

SLATE seems happy to be free of Mister Softee.

More theremin!PIONEERS OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC: NPR's Morning Edition runs a piece o­n Louis and Bebe Barron, who opened o­ne of the first private sound studios in America and manipulated the sounds of electronic circuits to create the score to Forbidden Planet.

A SAFE-DRIVING PLAYLIST is being compiled by Ann Althouse, who just bought an Audi TT after totaling her VW Beetle.

HABITAT FOR HARASSMENT? Habitat for Humanity International has fired its founder (and his wife) amid a dispute over his allegedly inappropriate conduct toward a female staffer, though it found insufficient evidence to substantiate the sexual harassment allegations.

TONYA HARDING has undergone the transformation from ice skater to boxer, according to the Boston Globe. If you look at the before and after pics, you will see that is a vast understatement. For legal reasons, fill in your own punchline.

He cannot handle pressure?BILLY JOEL has been hospitalized after suffering severe gastric pains, but was set to be released Wednesday.

THE MINOR FALL, THE MAJOR LIFT posts an unusual Top 10 Song list.

GETTING HIT IN THE HEAD WITH A BEER BOTTLE has its silver lining, if it causes doctors to discover a brain tumor that could have killed you.

OKLAHOMA JUDGE resigns and faces charges for playing with a pump in court. The judge claims this sort of thing ain't my bag, baby.

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: Get quarter million dollar bonuses from the network, with the rest of the cast getting lesser raises.

WHEEL MOM: It was all in the family for murder and robbery suspect Christopher DiMeo.

Miss him, miss him...PAUL IS DEAD, according to one dude's photographic analysis.

YMA SUMAC: To think that I almost forgot about her. Many moons ago, Paul Miller became a fan after hearing her stuff from his contact at the Electric Foetus.

WEB HITTING THE BIG TIME? Oscar news sites are now hosting screenings and becoming venues where the studios promote their projects to Oscar voters. In NYC, fashion sites "are inundated with A-list invitations and the endless supply of swag o­nce reserved solely for the city's magazine editors and television producers." And Levi Strauss & Co. is looking for bloggers to model their clothes in advertising.

IS THE POPE CATHOLIC? That's just o­ne question answered in the Shortcuts column at the Guardian. Also scroll down to read about o­ne woman's love for Darth Vader.

The cocktail would taste betterA PAIN IN THE NECK: a 29-year-old football coach in California had a rusty nail lodged in his neck since last summer.

NOT THAT THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT: A German zoo has imported four female penguins from Sweden in an effort to tempt its gay penguins to go straight.

IS THAT A GUN IN YOUR PANTS, OR ARE YOU JUST HAPPY TO SEE ME? Turns out it's a gun, but it was in prison, so I had to ask.

COPYRIGHT is probably no way to make a living for most recording artists.

She's no Lindsay LohanASHLEE SIMPSON: Dissed by mean girls at the mall.

BABY SPICE sells 5,380 copies of her new album in the U.S.

TROUBLE IN THE TRAILER PARK? Mr. Spears is partying like he's single. Britney is re-thinking her stated eagerness to have children as soon as possible, according to Life and Style magazine.

NANOBOT covers a presser co-sponsored by the NanoBusiness Alliance and the Congressional Nano Caucus.

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