Posts from February 17, 2005

About About

About About

: PaidContent is all over The New York Times’ $410 million acquisition of About.com.

: FRIDAY UPDATE: Rex Hammock does the math: $820k per blog.

Media on media

Media on media

: Supposed to be on Kudlow & Co. with Matthew Yglesias Friday between 5 and 6p ET. Kudlow loves blogs!

Also supposed to be in a Howard Kurtz piece on bloggers on CNN Friday between 3:30 and 4:30p ET.

They’re bleeping our soldiers again

They’re bleeping our soldiers again

: PBS’ Frontline spent months filming a report on soldiers in Iraq, A Company of Soldiers, set to air on Feb. 22. Guess what: Soldiers under fire tend to use no-no words. And this caused PBS to wimp out and bleep the words. Under pressure, they agreed to also send an uncensored version. Frontline Executive Producer David Fanning wrote a stirring memo to PBS stations:

…This is a film about young men at war, often in combat, and always in danger. As you might expect, the language of these soldiers is sprinkled with expletives, especially at their moments of greatest fear and stress. As we edited the program, we were judicious, but came to believe that some of that language was an integral part of our journalistic mission: to give viewers a realistic portrait of our soldiers at war. We feel strongly that the language of war should not be sanitized and that there is nothing indecent about its use in this context….

Our attorneys, including outside counsel, have advised us that the expletives in

Limp legislation

Limp legislation

: I’m going on MSNBC’s Abrams Report at about 6:30 with a Congressman who tried to amend the indecent indecency legislation with a ban of erectile dysfunction ads between 6 and 10 p.m. What a lubcricated slope that is.

: I just got bumped because of the Cosby story (the story: authorities will not prosecute on the allegations a woman made against him). One form of erectile dysfunction or another….

I was so looking forward to telling the Congressman that the real solution to his problem is not legislation; he should just stop buying Viagra.

They don’t all hate us

They don’t all hate us

: After the hand-wringers and nervous nellies and snots of big media finished trying to dismiss blogs, the MSM friends of bloggers are coming out of the woodwork. Peggy Noonan has a wonderful column today telling her colleagues why blogs are good:

When you hear name-calling like what we’ve been hearing from the elite media this week, you know someone must be doing something right. The hysterical edge makes you wonder if writers for newspapers and magazines and professors in J-schools don’t have a serious case of freedom envy.

The bloggers have that freedom. They have the still pent-up energy of a liberated citizenry, too. The MSM doesn’t. It has lost its old monopoly on information. It is angry.

But MSM criticism of the blogosphere misses the point, or rather points.

Blogging changes how business is done in American journalism. The MSM isn’t over. It just can no longer pose as if it is The Guardian of Established Truth. The MSM is just another player now. A big one, but a player.

And here’s Stephen Baker at Business Week singing harmony:

In truth, blogging represents an explosion of free speech. While blogs certainly empower lynch mobs, they can also lead to long and open conversations, virtual town meetings. These are the greatest antidote to censorship and secrecy. The Jordan case gave birth to loads of such discussions.