Patterico's Pontifications

12/10/2009

Breitbart Announces ‘Big Journalism’ Website

Filed under: Blogging Matters,Media Bias — DRJ @ 7:27 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Adding to his already large and influential stable of internet websites, Andrew Breitbart announced today the January 2010 debut of Big Journalism:

Big Journalism will be run by former Time Magazine staffer Michael Walsh, who is also a former journalism professor and film & television professor at Boston University. Walsh and Breitbart met at a casual gathering of like-minded people and hit it off. When Breitbart made the decision to launch a new site covering journalism, he says that Walsh was first person that came to his mind. The fact that Walsh is a media veteran going back to the early 70s didn’t hurt, he said.

Walsh and Breitbart share a similar distaste for the day-to-day work of “institutional journalists.” In an interview, the new editor of Big Journalism boiled down the mission of the site thusly: “Our goal at Big Journalism is to hold the mainstream media’s feet to the fire. There are a lot of stories that they simply don’t cover, either because it doesn’t fit their world view, or because they’re literally innocent of any knowledge that the story even exists, or because they are a dying organization, short-staffed, and thus can’t cover stuff like they did before.”

“Big Journalism will be the go-to site for solidly backed-up stories, sharp points of view, and really great writing,” he said. “We are defenders of the First Amendment and resolute enemies of political correctness. That’s the key to the site’s philosophy.”

In addition, Breitbart plans other reporting and blogging websites including Big Education, Big Tolerance, Big Jerusalem, and Big Peace. He discusses the goals of those websites here. I’m looking forward to Big Education.

— DRJ

9/21/2009

Good Blogging News

Filed under: Blogging Matters — DRJ @ 9:12 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Steven Den Beste is posting at Hot Air. Whether he posts a little or a lot, I’m glad he’s back.

— DRJ

9/18/2009

CNN’s Rick Sanchez is Mad at Fox News (Updated)

Filed under: Blogging Matters,Media Bias — DRJ @ 7:37 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Really, really mad:

I haven’t read the Fox News ad but it sounds like Sanchez has a good point. If so, I hope Fox News admits it is wrong.

People say they’re sorry at the drop of a hat in today’s world but they rarely admit — up front and unequivocally — when they’re wrong. I think that’s a problem. We don’t need a world full of people saying “I’m sorry” but when it’s appropriate, everyone should say “I’m wrong.” And if people really mean it when they admit they’re wrong, they also change the attitudes and preconceptions that led them there. That’s a lot harder than saying “I’m sorry.”

As for Rick Sanchez: I hope you and Fox News work this out. I also hope you can chill out … but if I’m wrong about that, I’m sorry.

— DRJ

UPDATE: PS, Rick — Even if CNN covers stories, that doesn’t make the coverage unbiased. So while you’re bashing Fox News over its journalistic standards, take a closer look at CNN’s coverage of the ACORN story:


Breitbart: “But, predictably, and why we rolled the videos out one by one by one by one, we set traps for ACORN to lie; each and every time they lied. They went to the mainstream media, continued to tell those lies. The next day, the previous day’s lies were exposed. And CNN in particular has kept going back to ACORN and taking their line.”

9/8/2009

Emailing Patterico.com

Filed under: Blogging Matters — DRJ @ 6:31 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

We’ve set up an email address to make it easier to contact a moderator or send a tip:

patterico.tips -at- gmail.com

Just replace the “-at-” with “@”.

This doesn’t mean someone will always be on duty to read your email, or that we’ll use your tips, or that we can speed things up. But we’ll do our best and appreciate your input, and we hope this will make it easier for you to reach someone if needed.

— DRJ

8/16/2009

What Does “Page Info” Mean?

Filed under: Blogging Matters — DRJ @ 5:32 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

I’m working on something where I need to verify what “Page Info” means on a webpage. I think it involves the properties of the webpage — the language used, the URL address, the date created or modified, and other information. I’m most interested in what it says about the date.

If I right-click to get the Page Info for a webpage and it tells me the “Date Last Modified” is August 16, 2009, doesn’t that mean the webpage was created or last modified on August 16, 2009? If that’s true, is this always correct or are there exceptions?

— DRJ

8/15/2009

Hannity Mentions Patterico

Filed under: Blogging Matters,Politics — DRJ @ 9:32 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Fox’s Sean Hannity mentioned Patterico’s Pontifications on his broadcast last night. A friend told me about this so I watched Hannity’s replay and there it was, about 25 minutes into the show. The segment concerned Roxana Mayer’s appearance at the Sheila Jackson Lee town hall. Hannity even used a variation of Patterico’s clever title: She’s not a doctor but she plays one at town hall meetings.

In a related matter, Sheila Jackson Lee told CNN’s Rick Sanchez that a video that showed her talking on a cell phone while a constituent asked a question may have been a “doctored video.” H/T to Heather Hogue at the Phoenix Republican Examiner, who posted a video of the Sanchez interview, and wonders:

(Speaking of doctors, I wonder if Dr. Mayer would stand by Jackson-Lee and cry ‘doctor’? Oh wait, she’s already done that).

— DRJ

7/31/2009

Politicians: Watch Out For Those Outside Internet Experts

Filed under: Blogging Matters,Politics — DRJ @ 10:40 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

These internet tubes can be confusing for politicians. Take, for example, the case of the Minnesota Democrats who linked to a video of a cursing Chinese woman instead of Tim Pawlenty:

“The party on Thursday recalled a statement criticizing Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty because it mistakenly linked to a profane YouTube video of an elderly Chinese woman repeating obscenities.

Andrew O’Leary, executive director of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, as the Democratic Party is known in Minnesota, says the link was provided by an outside researcher.”

There’s also Kay Bailey Hutchison, a candidate against Rick Perry in the Texas Governor GOP primary, who has cut ties with an outside firm that placed over 2,200 “hidden phrases” on her campaign website:

“On Thursday, after the American-Statesman asked about the phrases, viewable only by unearthing the site’s source code, Hutchison’s campaign removed one phrase—”rick perry gay”— which had appeared twice.

Aides said all the phrases were computer-generated based on terms that computer users searched for who also searched under Rick Perry, Kay Bailey Hutchison or Texas or a combination of the phrases. They said the many phrases were appropriately intended to help target online banner advertising for Hutchison.

Several Internet experts said the placement of hidden text amounted to black-hat tactics generally looked down upon and in violation of Google’s quality guidelines for sites.”

The article reports that Google and Yahoo blocked Hutchison’s website, www.standbykay.com, because the hidden phrases are considered webspam.

— DRJ

7/28/2009

Unreasonable at Reason

Filed under: Blogging Matters,General,Law — Jack Dunphy @ 2:42 am

[Guest post by Jack Dunphy]

One must be cautious not to judge the merits a blog site by measuring the apparent intelligence and moral character of its commenters. Heaven knows the commenters right here in our little corner of the blogosphere can occasionally wander pretty far afield, to understate the matter considerably. But I have to say I was shocked, and not in the Casablanca sense but genuinely so, to read some of the comments on a post over at the Reason website.

As I wrote Monday on NRO’s the Corner, Reason blogger Brian Doherty took liberties in lifting a quote from an earlier Corner post, with his readers being led to believe, either through his own carelessness or dishonesty, that I take a cavalier attitude in protecting constitutional rights if it comes at the expense of my own safety. You can read his post and my own and judge for yourself. But when the commenters weighed in, though there was some thoughtful exchange of ideas, there was at least as much lunacy, as measured by the number of people who expressed, in one form or another, the general idea of “f*** the police” (with the expletive spelled out, of course). And then there was the one who, addressing the subject of the risks police officers face, brushed aside such concerns with the observation, “Dying on the job is an occupational hazard.”

So, if I follow the advice of such people and, in my reluctance to give offense to some suspected criminal I have stopped, fail to heed some subtle hint of danger and am killed as a result, hey, I knew it was a tough job when I signed up, so tell Mrs. Dunphy to get the black dress to the cleaners and get over it.

I don’t think so.

Let me spell it out clearly for all those hardcore libertarians who think defying a police officer’s lawful authority is somehow noble. If I stop you in the reasonable belief – even a mistaken one – that you have committed a crime, abundant statutory and case law (see Graham v. Connor, for example) authorizes me to use reasonable force to effect an arrest, overcome resistance, and prevent escape. If the crime I suspect you of committing is serious enough, one way or another you’re going to end up in handcuffs, even if only temporarily. Protest if you must, but be prepared for the consequences.

Those who brand this as tyranny remind me of the driver who insists on entering an intersection on a green light even as he sees that a car is about to run a red light across his path. “But I had the green light” is a poor choice for an epitaph.

–Jack Dunphy

7/20/2009

A Notice Regarding Recent Comments (Updated)

Filed under: Blogging Matters — DRJ @ 4:12 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

There’s been a formatting change here and it’s affected how comments appear on the right sidebar under “Recent Comments.” It should be fixed soon, if you define “soon” as sometime before the midterm elections.

UPDATE 1: I’m kidding about the midterm elections. Hopefully it will be fixed a lot sooner than that.

UPDATE 2: Fixed! I never realized how much I liked the ‘Recent Comment’ feature until it was gone.

— DRJ

7/13/2009

North Korean Cyberattacks

Filed under: Blogging Matters,International — DRJ @ 8:18 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Since July 4, the North Koreans have been suspected of targeting cyberattacks on official U.S. and South Korean websites, and some websites are only now returning to normal.

Tonight, I haven’t been able to access One Free Korea, a blogger’s website that focuses on Korea and especially North Korea. This may be due to routine maintenance or some other problem but can any tech savvy person tell why One Free Korea is down?

— DRJ

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