The Media and JonBenet: the Bottom Feels Fine When You Don’t Have Far to Fall

They don’t do original reporting. They don’t check facts, are loose with the truth and traffic in rumor. They have agendas. They just want attention. They’re not careful. They are not professionals. They sensationalize. There are too many of them. They cannot be trusted. This is how the majority of professional print and broadcast journalistsContinue reading “The Media and JonBenet: the Bottom Feels Fine When You Don’t Have Far to Fall”

Ten Reasons Why I’m Not an A-List Blogger

(Author’s note: the following is meant to be in fun, so please don’t ruin my good post-vacation mood by being all serious, like those people who think Snakes on a Plane is a good action movie — or those who thought I was serious when I wrote this.) I had my book deal long beforeContinue reading “Ten Reasons Why I’m Not an A-List Blogger”

Ten Reasons Why I’m Not an A-List Blogger

(Author’s note: the following is meant to be in fun, so please don’t ruin my good post-vacation mood by being all serious, like those people who think Snakes on a Plane is a good action movie — or those who thought I was serious when I wrote this.) I had my book deal long beforeContinue reading “Ten Reasons Why I’m Not an A-List Blogger”

Warning: The Following is Not Journalism

Gay Talese, in his seminal journalistic novel The Kingdom and the Power, described journalists as “restless voyeurs who see the warts upon the world, the countless imperfections in people and in places.” That’s it. No college degree or experience. No pledges to objectivity or serving the Public Trust. All that’s required to be a journalist,Continue reading “Warning: The Following is Not Journalism”

When PR is a Journalist’s Savior, Newspapers Have Gone to Hell

“…In a few years I seriously worry there will be much worth reading in newspapers. I already know I’m getting most of my news off the Web.” – Charles Bingham, 17-year newspaper veteran In a commentary posted online via Romenesko, the above-mentioned Bingham describes his move from a career in journalism to a new lifeContinue reading “When PR is a Journalist’s Savior, Newspapers Have Gone to Hell”

Former Santa Barbara News-Press Columnist Speaks Out; N-P Publisher Becomes (Lou) Cannon Fodder

"Wendy McCaw may own the paper, but she doesn’t own the news." — Anonymous Santa Barbara News-Press executive And on the Seventh Day, it all went to hell. One week since editors and a long-time columnist walked out on their jobs, Santa Barbara’s media establishment is still firing salvos across a deepening chasm – reportersContinue reading “Former Santa Barbara News-Press Columnist Speaks Out; N-P Publisher Becomes (Lou) Cannon Fodder”

The Santa Barbara News-Press: Another U.S. Newspaper Commits Suicide

We hear the talk and read the statistics: Newspapers are dying, circulation is eroding and readers are turning to blogs and mobile media for their news. Then there is Santa Barbara, California. I lived in Santa Barbara for five years and worked in the area as a full-time journalist and later as a consultant toContinue reading “The Santa Barbara News-Press: Another U.S. Newspaper Commits Suicide”

Below the Fold: Criminal Justice Edition (or “Dead Puppies Tell No Tales”)

Use An Arrow, Go to Jail: 2002 “Survivor” winner Brian Heidik was arrested for shooting a puppy he mistook for a coyote. But that’s not the weird part – no, the weird part is that Heidik shot the puppy with an arrow. That’s right, a freakin’ arrow. I’m sorry, but who the hell goes aroundContinue reading “Below the Fold: Criminal Justice Edition (or “Dead Puppies Tell No Tales”)”

Drive-By Journalism, Media Bias, the Case of the Disappearing Client and the Gospel According to John (Wagner)

Being on vacation is great for letting the mind wander. The problem is getting your mind back once you return. I’m still on vacation, so forgive the following items, as they were written without the benefit of my brain. If you like this better than my usual columns, however, please let me know and I’llContinue reading “Drive-By Journalism, Media Bias, the Case of the Disappearing Client and the Gospel According to John (Wagner)”

Scoble, Malik, and Carey: Lessons For Their Great Leaps Forward

Some people fear taking that first step. It doesn’t matter what they are moving toward – a new job, a new love, a commitment or a parting of the ways. The first step is almost always fraught with trepidation, like dipping your toes into a swimming pool you know will be ice cold. I tookContinue reading “Scoble, Malik, and Carey: Lessons For Their Great Leaps Forward”