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Bad Journalism: Daily Mail Style

Posted: October 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Bipolar Blond Momentum, Blip, Cult of Celebrity, Favorite New Thought . . ., Michael Courtenay, News Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bad Journalism: Daily Mail Style

This incident never happened. It was created, as a sort of journalistic montage, by the correspondent who distilled the report. Newspapers are neither written nor edited by fools, technical safeguards can be built into even the wildest story, without fear of losing reader impact” Hunter S. Thompson – Hells Angels – 1967.

You would think that in the aftermath of News of the World, journalists – especially in the U.K. – would have at least one eye on the ball. Seems not. U.K. rag Daily Mail spends bucket loads of cash on employing journalists, apparently sending them to exotic posts like Italy. Covering the Amanda Knox Appeal – Knox was found guilty of murder, her latest trial was an appeal to that verdict – one over zealous unnamed journalist filed the following headline, which was then published by the Daily Mails online portal Mail Online. Hold your breath for a rant . . .

Journalism is apparently a calling, wedged someplace between an artistic talent and a desire for notoriety, or what has come to be known as celebrity. More journalists seem to be on the opinion bent – who’s doing all the reporting – chasing a byline in print isn’t the same as bringing news to readers!? . We generalise of course, journalists aren’t a heap different to the general population. A GOOD JOURNALIST requires more than just a specific skill set. Much more important than these apparent skills – grammar, dogged perseverance, courage under fire and a nose for a story – a good journalist REQUIRES INTEGRITY, not general public integrity, but unquestionable integrity. So if your not a good journalist what happens, generally you hide the truth and hook yourself into inappropriate employment. One journalist, who would best be described as possibly the worst mother presently on this planet –  reported for child neglect and abuse, by her childs school –  runs a Child and Parenting Advice website, another covers real estate in a national newspaper as well as running their blogs, despite the fact that she’s only ever lost money in real estate.

So whats the point?

Mainstream media, is the point. In any other profession there’s a set of requirements, skills certainly, but more importantly a requirement to behave with integrity; commit a crime as a lawyer and your not likely to practice law, molest a patient and your name will no longer have Doctor at front of it. Journalists have none of these sanctions, a bad journalist simply becomes the editor for an internet site . . .

A photo journalist once said something profound on the subject of bad journalism “The problem with journalists is they think once they’ve covered a story, they’re an expert in an entire field.”

You would think that in the aftermath of News of the World, journalists – especially in the U.K. – would have at least one eye on the ball. Seems not. U.K. rag Daily Mail spends bucket loads of cash on employing journalists, apparently sending them to exotic posts like Italy. Covering the Amanda Knox Appeal – Knox was found guilty of murder, her latest trial was an appeal to that verdict – one over zealous unnamed journalist filed the following headline, which was then published by the Daily Mails online portal Mail Online.

Clearly the internet makes it possible to broadcast breaking news at a pace unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. Unfortunately, that includes the ability to rapidly transmit reports that never should have been written, much less published. Today’s case in point: the Daily Mail‘s hasty—and largely apocryphal—report that American Amanda Knox had lost her appeal of a murder conviction. Mail Online not only mistook the Italian court’s guilty verdict for slander as guilty of everything, it posted a story under the byline Nick Pisa purporting to detail the return journey of Knox and her ex-boyfriend to separate prisons where they would be put on suicide watch. The story also quotes “delighted” prosecutors who said “justice has been done.” We’ve seen stories posted in error before, particularly when advances written and stored to hop on the news are published when they shouldn’t have been. These invented details are beyond bad journalism and publishing.

The sequence of events that followed is more than amusing . . .

about an hour later . . .

picture: malcom coles


UPDATED: 700 Arrested In Occupy Wall Street Protest

Posted: October 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Bailout, Blip, Blipvert, Celebrity News, Get Out of the House, Kiss My . . ., News Update, Revolute, Standout, That Human Condition | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED: 700 Arrested In Occupy Wall Street Protest

UPDATE OCTOBER 5: At least 5,000 protesters of the Occupy Wall Street movement took to the streets of New York’s financial district, angry that their taxes were used to prop up banks in the 2008 financial crisis. They heard speeches decrying that wealth is concentrated in the hands of some, while others lose their jobs or have their houses repossessed. After their march, the protesters returned to the downtown park where they have been camped out for more than two weeks, but what had been a festive atmosphere turned sour. Scuffles broke out when some of the activists tried to move outside the permitted protest zone.A dozen people were arrested in New York, including one who was charged with assault on a police officer who was knocked from his scooter, according to police spokesman Paul Browne. Others who were arrested had tried to break through a police barricade, Mr Browne said.

One police officer fired pepper spray as a “group of demonstrators charged a line of officers” standing at the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway, he said. The movement has surged in a matter of weeks from a ragged group in downtown Manhattan to protesters of all ages demonstrating from Seattle to Tampa. Filmmaker Michael Moore was among the crowd in New York, shaking hands and posing for pictures.

“Everywhere you go in this country, you see the Occupy Wall Street movement,” said Moore. “In the first days, people were putting it down, saying these are a bunch of hippies.

“But the average American who has lost health care, who is going to lose his job, whose home is in foreclosure can relate to this,” he said.

OCTOBER 3: Around 400 700 anti-Wall Street protesters have been arrested after blocking traffic lanes on the Brooklyn Bridge and attempting an unauthorised march across the span, police and witnesses said. On the second week of protests by the Occupy Wall Street movement, a large group of marchers broke off from others on the bridge’s pedestrian walkway and headed across the Brooklyn-bound lanes.

“Approximately 400 were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge late this afternoon after multiple warnings by police were given to protesters to stay on the pedestrian walkway,” a police spokesman said.

“Some complied and took the walkway without being arrested.

“Others locked arms and proceeded on the Brooklyn-bound vehicular roadway. The latter were arrested.”

Both the walkway and Brooklyn-bound car lanes were shut to traffic, snarling traffic, but it was later re-opened by police. Witnesses described a chaotic scene on the famous suspension bridge as a sea of police officers surrounded the protesters using orange mesh netting. Some protesters tried to get away as officers started handcuffing members of the group. Dozens of protesters were seen handcuffed and sitting on the span as three buses were called in to take them away, witnesses and organisers said.

The march started about 3:30pm on Saturday (local time) from the protesters’ camp in Zuccotti Park, in downtown Manhattan near the former World Trade Centre. Members of the group have vowed to stay at the park through the winter. In addition to what they view as excessive force and unfair treatment of minorities, including Muslims, the movement is also protesting against home foreclosures, high unemployment and the 2008 bailouts.

Celebrity support

Filmmaker Michael Moore and actress Susan Sarandon have stopped by the protesters’ camp, which is plastered with posters with anti-Wall Street slogans and has a kitchen and library, to offer their support. On Friday evening, more than 1,000 demonstrators, including representatives of labour organisations, held a peaceful march to police headquarters a few blocks north of City Hall to protest what they said was a heavy-handed police response the previous week. No arrests were reported.

A week ago, police arrested about 80 members of Occupy Wall Street near the Union Square shopping district as the marchers swarmed onto oncoming traffic.

A police commander doused a handful of women with pepper spray in an incident captured on video and spread via the internet, galvanising the loosely-organised protest movement.

The group has gained support among some union members. The United Federation of Teachers and the Transport Workers Union Local 100, which has 38,000 members, are among those pledging solidarity.

The unions could provide important organisational and financial support for the largely leaderless movement.

Similar protests are sprouting in other cities, including Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.

source: reuters


Hallmark Prints Unemployment Cards in CHINA for U.S. Unemployed???

Posted: September 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Bipolar Blond Momentum, Favorite New Thought . . ., News Update, Ramble, Revolute, Shut the F_ck Up!, Socially Engineered, Standout, That Human Condition, They Said What | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Hallmark Prints Unemployment Cards in CHINA for U.S. Unemployed???

Whats most amusing about this story isn’t Hallmarks heart-felt grab at revenue – that’s what business does – No, No, the most amusing angle seems to have been missed by mainstream print media – possibly because most newspapers are printed locally !

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UPDATE! Hackers Cease and Desist, Faces of Anonymous

Posted: September 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Favorite New Thought . . ., News Update, Shut the F_ck Up!, They Said What | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATE! Hackers Cease and Desist, Faces of Anonymous

2011 July, the FBI arrested 16 members of the hacktivist group Anonymous, which had claimed credit for attacks against paypal known as #operationpayback. TPM – Talking Points Memo has obtained most of their mugshots. TPM’s site is itself having a few jitters as this goes to print, be a little gentle. They were unfortunately unable to wear their trademark Anonymous – Guy Fawkes –  mask while being booked. Read the full article »»»»


Gerry Harvey Avoids PR Disaster

Posted: December 1st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Favorite New Thought . . ., News Update, Retail News, Shut the F_ck Up!, Socially Engineered, They Said What | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Gerry Harvey Avoids PR Disaster

Businesses are being urged to monitor social media to avoid public relations disasters, after an incident over the weekend saw retail giant Harvey Norman sidestep a potential boycott by pulling a radio advertisement only four hours after backlash started appearing on Twitter.
James Griffin, who runs online reputation management group SR7, says the incident is an example of how businesses can use social media to their advantage by not only communicating and selling, but by stopping negative sentiment from swelling into larger problems.
“I think this could have easily spun out of control. But credit to Harvey Norman, they were quick to react through their Twitter account, and were quite active within a short amount of time and directly contacted the people involved who were unhappy and considering a boycott.”
The incident also comes as National Australia Bank has drawn praise from some customers, after it used social media over the past week to keep in direct contact with customers who were caught up in the bank’s accounting glitch that left millions without pay.
The entire Harvey Norman exchange is documented on activist Melinda Reist’s blog. Reist says she was sent a Facebook alert about the Harvey Norman advertisement, which reportedly promoted the ability to have in-store photos with Santa but used the line “Do you want to give Santa a lap dance?”  READ MORE
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 source: smartcompany

Australia: Asylum seekers kept in dark

Posted: November 28th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, News Update, Revolute, Socially Engineered | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Australia: Asylum seekers kept in dark

Australian Immigration Authorities are not informing asylum-seekers for months of their failed refugee assessments.

The tactic seems to be an intentional tactic to avoid adding to tensions in Australia’s overcrowded and increasingly chaotic detention centres. In what has been described as a “systematic” and illegal practice, the Immigration Department has delayed notifying failed asylum-seekers their claims have been rejected, in some cases for almost five months.
News of the practice comes just weeks after the High Court ruled there were serious deficiencies in the way the Immigration Department was processing asylum claims and significantly expanded the role of the courts to increase oversight of refugee assessment decisions.  It also comes on the back of a series of protests and suicides in detention centres, caused in part by long delays in resolving people’s cases. Last night there were a total of 5746 asylum-seekers in detention, including 2786 on Christmas Island. READ MORE
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 source: the australian