From the piece: New York Times media writer David Carr argued that the incident highlights how difficult it is for journalists to try and cover something like a convention for multiple platforms like the web and television, saying reporters sometimes “fall into the crevices when trying to cross from one platform to the other.” But is that really the point we should be taking away from Chalian’s dismissal? I don’t think so — and neither does Shafer, who says that the real problem is the expectation on the part of media companies that journalists like Chalian will never express an opinion, let alone joke about something important.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Which is true: Clint talks to chair; RNC uses Teleprompter for 3 nights; Obama has machine during family meal
Mose speakers during the 3-day Republican National Convention who took to the stage in prime time used the handy-dandy Teleprompter, which would not bear noticing if the GOP had not spent the past 4 years criticizing and ridiculing President Barack Obama for using the technology. Can we put that silly trope to rest right about now? Then again, maybe Eastwood should have used one. President Obama's camp had a nice fun retort to the empty chair bit.
However ... President Obama was caught using a Teleprompter during dinner, and it malfunctioned. The horror!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Did you love Mitt Romney's nomination acceptance speech? On first glance, it was not as misleading as the one Paul Ryan gave last night, even though he said some things about our relationship with Isarel and middle-class tax cuts, etc.
The most impressive speech to me, any way, was delivered by Marco Rubio on Thursday night. What did you think?
His sister insists Mitt won't ban abortion, maybe because she remembers their relative who died of an illegal one
From the piece: “He’s not going to be touching any of that,” she told the National Journal. “It’s not his focus.” And while Mitt Romney, once pro-choice, now declares he’s against it, this week he sounded a little wishy-washy himself when he told CBS that abortion “is the decision that will be made by the Supreme Court. The Democrats try and make this a political issue every four years, but this is a matter in the courts. It’s been settled for some time in the courts.”