At the Jersey blog MeetUp
: I’m at the NJ.com blog meetup and here’s a link to one of the bloggers, a town father of South Orange who blogs on NJ.com. Another local blogger who uses his for biz. Tom of TheMediaDrop is here, talking about redoing his house. More later.
Tom told the story of being dropped from the PR Newswire‘s journalist section because he couldn’t give them a clip from a publication showing he’s a journalist. What incredibly numbnutty flacks they are! Don’t they get that this is the future of journalism? Don’t they get that they should be grateful that anybody is ever paying attention to their grating press releases? Jeesh.
And then Debra Gallant, the charming writer for The New York Times — and blogger — dropped in. Various of us had talked to her about a story she’s writing for The Times on Jersey bloggers and it was a real pleasure to meet in person. She said she’d just donated blogging lessons to her temple’s fundraiser; I like that idea.
I should also plug our hosts: South Orange blogger Tracy Randinelli; Jersey blogger John Shabe; and NJ.com Editor-in-chief Dean Betz.
A year later
: Today is the one-year anniversary of the amazing, wonderful, useful, groundbreaking, news-business-changing Command Post… but cofounder Michele is not celebrating. She’s fretting:
Everybody loves an anniversary, terrorists included. Numbers, symbolism, special dates – conspiracy theorists have a field day with that stuff. But it’s not always theory, is it?
Now that we know al-Qaeda is seeking revenge for America and its allies participation in the de-throning of Saddam, I have to wonder if that merry band of murderers has something up their collective sleeves.
The Daily Stern: PM edition
: F KCRW: Sandra Tsing Loh, fired KCRW commentator and fellow traveler with Howard Stern and Bubba the Love Sponge, writes her story for Time and concludes:
What a twit
: I was already glad that Howard Dean lost. But, you know, the guy manages to remind me of how glad I am:
Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean said yesterday that President Bush’s decision to send troops to Iraq appears to have contributed to the bombing deaths of 201 people in Spain….
Dean referred to the videotape when asked whether he was linking US troops in Iraq to the deaths in Spain.
“That was what they said in the tape,” Dean said. “They made that connection, I’m simply repeating it.”
Dean made the remarks during a conference call with reporters as he was defending his former rival John F. Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, from a Bush campaign ad. The ad accused Kerry of turning his back on US soldiers fighting in Iraq.
Dean said it is the president who has not supported the troops. He said Bush sent soldiers to Iraq unequipped, misled the country on the reasons for war, and made the United States less safe by focusing on a target that wasn’t a threat.
And, he said, “The president was the one who dragged our troops to Iraq, which apparently has been a factor in the death of 200 Spaniards over the weekend.”
Dean issued a statement later to The Associated Press that said, “Let me be clear, there is no justification for terrorism. Today I was simply repeating what those who have claimed responsibility for the bombings in Spain said was the reason they carried out that despicable act.”
And they also say we are the devil; should you repeat that?
This man was never the stuff of the presidency. Thank goodness the voters are so smart.
: John Battelle tells Time Warner to spin off AOL already.
And while we’re telling them what to do I just want to make sure — as a long-suffering shareholder — that they won’t allow one single expense-account meal at the $300-$500-per-head (plus drinks, tax tip) restaurant in their expensive new HQ. Not one, boys.