Why do newswomen talk like that?

It's quiet over here so I decided to flip on the tv. It opened to CNN and a report on shrimp and treadmills.After about 45 seconds, I had to turn the thing off. I have no idea who the reporter was, but she was doing that "loud woman reporter sing-song" thing, the broadening of words and Louisville Slugger overemphasis of certain words and syllables that comes off like a half-bellowed-half-swallowed hectoring.Why do female broadcasters -- both on radio and on tv -- feel the need to do that? … [Read more...]

Teen Suicide, Media Excess, Palin and Bullies, Again

A horrible story made even worse by our excesses of media. Try to fully engage and consider this awful story while attempting to ignore the unstoppable video-with-commercials that ABC News plops into almost all of its pages, and which cannot be stopped while in commercial mode.The story is shattering -- two young teenage girls committed suicide together, and yes, bullying once again seems to lie at the heart of their hopelessness:The bodies of best friends Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz, … [Read more...]

The Bullying Mob; Everything Tea Partiers Were Not

________-------_______It's a long video, but keep watching, and if you can't abide hearing the "F-word" then cover your ears toward the 2:40 mark, when these overgrown adolescents resort to their magic word of power -- the word they spelled out en masse at Woodstock, because it was so cool, man, and such a daringly articulate denunciation of like...the establishment and the bourgeois, two-car, vacation-taking middle class, and like...hardhats and unions and stuff...man.Watch the … [Read more...]

Egypt: As Vague as We Wanna Be – UPDATED

PhotosourceIn 2003, when the United States liberated Iraq, an older Iraqi man related his vision of what life would be like without Saddam Hussein.“Democracy!” he shouted. “And whiskey! And sexy!” Yes, but perhaps with a Middle-Eastern, faith-based spin that intellect-based Washington could never quite grasp, not in Iraq, not in Afghanistan, and now, not in Egypt.My column at First Things takes a look at Egypt, and the nearly impenetrable vagueness that has surrounded the story of the Januar … [Read more...]

The Absent MSM and Gosnell – UPDATE

My Tuesday column is up at First Things and I am taking a look at how determined the press seems to be, to look away, look away from Kermit Gosnell and his ilk:The Gosnell story—a story that by any measure deserved in-depth coverage, some serious discussion about regulation and responsibility, and a few features forcing the nation to consider just when a “late-term” abortion slips into the category of “infanticide” or what our leadership and politicians really think of all of this—proved too bi … [Read more...]

NY Times' Perpetual Lunchroom

I've always said the NY Times primarily -- note the qualifier -- featured a bunch of developmentally-arrested 14-year olds who have never been able to find their way out of the lunch room or the schoolyard, and these two pathetic pieces, showcased in what is arguably the most coveted real-estate in journalism, make the case.Gail Collins, the editor of the op-ed page, while writing about Michele Bachmann, takes time to affect a sneer because Bachmann can remember what she was wearing on a … [Read more...]

Gentlemen: A tale of two apologies – UPDATE

First read the New York Times going through a long, belabored and ultimately lame exercise of excuse-making where a simple "we screwed up, sorry" would have sufficed - as Jerry Wilson ably fisks.It was hectic in the newsroom with many news reports flowing in as Kathleen McElroy, the day Web news editor, was trying to decide whether The Times was ready to report Giffords’s death. She decided against it and was telling Web producers to hold off reporting it in a news alert when J. David Goodman, … [Read more...]

Olby's short, sweet suspension – UPDATED

I've had a few emails from people rolling their eyes at the "high drama" of Keith Olbermann's suspension at MSNBC, which appears to have been a big nothing. He'll be back on the air soon.A friend wondered if the whole thing was a publicity stunt.If it was, it sort of blew up in their faces, didn't it? If they'd expected the rightwing punditry to engage in gleeful vindictiveness over his suspension, they had to be disappointed. Many on the right were appalled at the suspension and decried … [Read more...]

On Palin; No Animus, No Condescension

In my piece yesterday at Pajamas Media I wrote:. . .thrust-and-parry between a candidate and the media can both sharpen a candidate’s edge and enliven his footwork to his benefit; one smooth slice, well-timed, can topple both press and opponent, and linger in a voter’s memory as a satisfying match they want to see replayed . . . This is something Sarah Palin (and for that matter, the Tea Partiers) may wish to keep in mind for 2012. Palin is perfectly capable of deft bladework, but too often cho … [Read more...]

'Lanie's Got a Gun & Other Smart Things

Color me amused:According to two witnesses, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia took fellow Justice Elena Kagan out for a lesson in skeet shooting at his shooting club in Virginia last week.The witnesses saw Scalia at the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club, where he is a member, around noon on Wednesday of last week. He was with a woman who was noticeably diminutive in height, like Kagan, who stands at about five feet three inches. The witnesses, who got a very close look at the pair, say that the … [Read more...]


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