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  • skkott 1:45 pm on Friday, August 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, John Bolton, North Korea   

    Hillary, witty 

    “If Obama walked on water, Bolton’d say he couldn’t swim”

    Hillary Clinton in Africa speaking to CNNi’s Fareed Zakari on John Bolton attacking Bill’s trip to North Korea.

    PS. Speaking of Hillary, when she was recently in India for a 3/4 day trip, she did interviews with most national English language News channels including NDTV, CNN-IBN, Times Now. Most of it was repetitive–the questions and answers, somewhat boring. But I liked watching an hour long Teach India educational forum with Hilary and Bollywood star Aamir Khan, who does his part as a celebrity, to help educate under privileged children. Hillary seemed very involved, and I liked some of her answers to questions from the audience and the moderator. She fit right in the discussion and certainly didn’t look out of place. She empathized with Aamir, who was very passionate about the cause, some of her audience who were disheartened by the lack of results and knowing the reality of daily lives of so many children in India.

    Update: Video: Hillary Clinton, Aamir Khan with Arnab [Teach India] – Part1 , Part2, Part3, Part4

  • skkott 1:02 pm on Saturday, August 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Huffington Post   

    Pharyngula: The Huffington snake oil 

    The Huffington Post has become, in a very short period, a powerful non-traditional media platform for liberal politics. (With a readership of over 10 million unique visitors/month, almost toe-in-toe with the hugely popular NYTIMESdotcom.) But when it comes to science, it lags….Scienceblogger PZ Myers, who (along with Orac of Respectful Insolence, also at Scienceblogs) might be known to some Intentblog readers as a Deepak Chopra critic:

    Many of us have long noticed the truly awful quackery hosted at the Huffington Post, with acupuncturists, anti-vax fanatics, and general all-around kooks like Deepak Chopra given free rein.

    Now Salon has pointed out the obvious, with some depth. Have you wondered why the HuffPo is so bad on science and medicine? The blame can be pinned directly on Arianna Huffington, who hand-picked with little discrimination or sense who the ‘medical’ contributors to the site would be. That’s the scatter-brained, credulous brain of Arianna on display in that mess on HuffPo.

    Nice to see Gawker, another popular liberal outlet, comment on the Salon article:

    HuffPo’s Dangerous Quacks, Hacks and Cultists

    Salon has a great post by a doctor about medical quackery at the Huffington Post, where a columnist recently suggested colon cleansing could treat swine flu. This is the downside of HuffPo’s open, unpaid model — and culty recruiter. MORE>>

    I agree with PZ and Gawker, the blame largely lies with Arianna…as this epic NewYorker biography “The many lives of Arianna Huffington” by Lauren Collins might hint….

    Update: Orac weighs in on Dr. Rahul Parikh’s excellent Salon article:
    The Huffington Post’s war on medical science is noticed

    • heath 9:56 pm on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Have you been thinking about how these kinds of blogs are affecting news and opinion publishing, and individuals’ attitudes and decisions? Beyond being powerful tools of self-expression and interchange. they’re also becoming an unstoppable force that is shredding traditionally-distributed news media by undermining the revenue model.

      • skkott 1:55 am on Friday, August 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Indeed, the latest is that Rupert Murdoch is planning to charge for all his online content.

        Markos, founder of Daily Kos (a progressive community blog):

        Media and a “sense of community”
        by kos
        Mon May 11, 2009


        “All around the country, you see the major metro dailies completely ignore entire chunks of their cities. Why do you think the New York Times writes story after story after story talking about those poor unemployed Wall Street types no longer able to buy caviar or $800 doll houses for their daughters?”


        Big Media’s gambit to protect their profit margins
        by kos
        Sat Jun 06, 2009


        “Newspaper circulation peaked in 1993 (combining daily and Sunday circulation) — before the blogs, before Google, before the web. Daily circulation peaked all the way back in 1985. The industry’s problems are certainly self-inflicted, no matter who they try to blame.”

        • heath 2:54 am on Friday, August 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

          A fine blog about this by Eric Etheridge of the NY TImes;s The Opinionaotr, titled “Murdoch Mans Up” — http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/murdoch-mans-up — with the focus on what Murdoch has done to dilute news reporting, and how valid his thinking is on the link model of online publishing. Btw, you may be building a position in the aggregators’ sector of the industry.

  • skkott 12:36 pm on Saturday, August 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Todd Palin   

    Todd And Sarah Palin To Divorce? 

    Alaska blogger Gryphen of Immoral Minority breaks this big scoop early in the a.m. today:

    Exclusive! Sarah and Todd Palin are Splitsville!

    Followed by Alaska Report.

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