The Third Shift


  1. inothernews:

Cover, New York magazine.
On the bottom left of Manhattan island is Battery Park City, formed from landfill dug out to make room for the foundations of the original World Trade Center complex.

    inothernews:

    Cover, New York magazine.

    On the bottom left of Manhattan island is Battery Park City, formed from landfill dug out to make room for the foundations of the original World Trade Center complex.

  2. markcoatney:

    The power of media criticism: A play in two acts.

    UPDATE: It’s there. And it’s spectacular. 

    Oh dear. There are so many choice passages here, but I’ll cite this one:

    It is time for Mitt Romney to get in touch with his inner rich guy.

    Some Occupy Wall Street types, believing it to be the height of wit, have begun to spell Romney’s name “Rmoney.” But Romney can do better than that — put it in all caps: R-MONEY. Jay-Z can keep his puny little lowercase letters and the Maybach: R-MONEY doesn’t own a flashy car with rims, R-MONEY does billion-dollar deals with Keystone Automotive and Delphi. You want to make it rain? R-MONEY is going to make it storm, like biblical. Rappers boast about their fat stacks: R-MONEY’s fat stacks live in a beachfront house of their own in the Hamptons, and the bricks in that house are made from tightly bound hundred-dollar bills. You have a ton of money? R-MONEY has 200 metric tons of money if he decides to keep it in cash.

    So we have R-MONEY and now we just need a faux-rap handle for Paul Ryan.

  3. thisistheverge:

In online campaign, Romney focuses on Obama, both focus on the economy, and neither focuses much on citizens 
With about three months to go until the 2012 US presidential election, the Pew Research Center has given us a look at how both major candidates are running their online campaigns. For two weeks in June, Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism gathered and analyzed everything Romney and Obama’s campaigns posted on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and official sites or blogs. While the results show some interesting differences in campaign style (and a great deal of overall similarity), one of the biggest takeaways is that despite the web’s reputation as a way to spark discourse, both campaigns heavily control the content they post, with few links to outside sources and very little citizen-generated content appearing except in comments. 


This seems obvious, really. Politics is about message control. Focusing on outside sources and the average user experience online is totally contrary to the way these things work. They’re insular by nature.

    thisistheverge:

    In online campaign, Romney focuses on Obama, both focus on the economy, and neither focuses much on citizens 

    With about three months to go until the 2012 US presidential election, the Pew Research Center has given us a look at how both major candidates are running their online campaigns. For two weeks in June, Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism gathered and analyzed everything Romney and Obama’s campaigns posted on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and official sites or blogs. While the results show some interesting differences in campaign style (and a great deal of overall similarity), one of the biggest takeaways is that despite the web’s reputation as a way to spark discourse, both campaigns heavily control the content they post, with few links to outside sources and very little citizen-generated content appearing except in comments. 

    This seems obvious, really. Politics is about message control. Focusing on outside sources and the average user experience online is totally contrary to the way these things work. They’re insular by nature.

  4. ☛ Lame Fareed Zakaria defenses show confused, debased state of journalism - baltimoresun.com

    The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik takes down both Fareed Zakaria’s plagiarism and the lame excuses David Frum puts forth for him — Frum implied it’s not a regular practice to cite where you got a quote from if you didn’t get it yourself, when the opposite is true and should be heeded at all times.

    (via @maura)

    EDIT: Here’s one of the few times comments are valuable, as it turns out Zurawik’s “ethics” may be selective. He apparently pilloried public radio host Lisa Simeone, who was fired from her opera show when NPR (who merely distributed and did not employ Simeone) fired her for attending an Occupy rally.

    Here’s Simeone’s comment:

    Lisa Simeone at 6:28 AM August 13, 2012

    David Zurawik makes much of his integrity and “ethics.” Yet he doesn’t seem to see a conflict of interest in the fact that journalists take payola from the corporations they report on.

    He sided with NPR while they blacklisted me last year over my political activities, even though I wasn’t an NPR employee, wasn’t paid by NPR, and didn’t even cover politics.

    Yet he uttered not a peep about the fact that NPR’s Scott Simon writes pro-war op-eds and then goes on to “report” on those wars; that Cokie Roberts (and other NPR reporters) accept enormous speaking fees from corporations, to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars a pop; that Mara Liasson flaks for Fox News while still “reporting” for NPR. And now we learn that Adam Davidson of NPR’s Planet Money is also apparently taking payola from the corporations he purports to cover. 

    (Oh, and never mind that Tavis Smiley, Cornel West, and Garrison Keillor, all on major public radio shows, openly advocate for political candidates.)

    Yet is Mr. Zurawik bothered about any of these conflicts of interest?

    It must be nice to have such convenient “ethics.”

    Judge for yourself.

  5. sashya-k:

    azipaybarah:

    Hillary Clinton, in Pretoria, South Africa. via @TRScoop.

    Your caption?

    I can’t deal. I can’t.

    the way she GET LOW

  6. reuters:

Britain’s Mohammed Farah (L) celebrates with second-placed Galen Rupp of the U.S.after winning the men’s 10,000m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 4, 2012. [REUTERS/Dylan Martinez]


seriously, best faces ever. U of O represent.

    reuters:

    Britain’s Mohammed Farah (L) celebrates with second-placed Galen Rupp of the U.S.after winning the men’s 10,000m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 4, 2012. [REUTERS/Dylan Martinez]

    seriously, best faces ever. U of O represent.

  7. inothernews:

A mother, who got drunk before accidentally smothering her baby and killing him, was ceaselessly mocked by Headline News host Nancy Grace on one of her shows, asking “Did mommy booze it up and kill her baby?” and suggesting she should have been charged with murder.
That woman, made further despondent after seeing the segment, set herself on fire.  She later died.
(via The New York Daily News)

It doesn’t matter, because Nancy Grace has no capacity for shame.

    inothernews:

    A mother, who got drunk before accidentally smothering her baby and killing him, was ceaselessly mocked by Headline News host Nancy Grace on one of her shows, asking “Did mommy booze it up and kill her baby?” and suggesting she should have been charged with murder.

    That woman, made further despondent after seeing the segment, set herself on fire.  She later died.

    (via The New York Daily News)

    It doesn’t matter, because Nancy Grace has no capacity for shame.

  8. ☛ College football to debut four-team playoff championship.

    meh. we’ll be back arguing about 8 and 16-team varieties because this is a bad system. someone’s going to be left out and pissed.

    I’m still unsure why Division I-A football can’t just bring in the same system that I-AA has. (I refuse to call them the FBS and FCS divisions; that’s so dumb.)

  9. ☛ Mayor Cory Booker received over $565,000 from Bain Capital and the financial industry for his 2002 campaign

    think-progress:

    This helps explain why Cory Booker was so uncomfortable with attacks on Romney’s Bain Capital record. They were among his earliest and most generous backers.

    I doubt you can find a politician in either New York or New Jersey who hasn’t taken campaign cash from any financial house. That’s their backyard. Booker’s attack and  backpedaling is loathsome, but as a purely academic matter, he’s better than his predecessor. Sharpe James was just flat-out crooked.

    The Booker problem is a problem of “how can lefties infiltrate the Democratic Party enough to neutralize the financial industry contributions?”

  10. In a startlingly damning report after months of investigation into the hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s British newspapers, a parliamentary panel here concluded on Tuesday that he was “not a fit person” to run a huge international company, amplifying a public outcry against him, but threatening further bruising divisions within the political establishment.

    The conclusion about the world’s most influential media tycoon went much further in lambasting Mr. Murdoch than had been expected from Parliament’s select committee on culture, media and sport, which has conducted several inquiries into press standards in recent years, the most recent starting last July as the hacking scandal burrowed ever deeper into Britain’s public life.

    But the impact of the report by the all-party committee was blunted by divisions within the panel itself. Presaging further disarray within Britain’s strained coalition government, the committee said it had split, 6 to 4, on party lines, with the dominant Conservatives opposing the censure of Mr. Murdoch while the Liberal Democrats, the junior partner in Prime Minister David Cameron’s government, joined the Labor opposition in supporting it.

    “On the basis of the facts and evidence before the committee,” the report said in one passage, “we conclude that, if at all relevant times Rupert Murdoch did not take steps to become fully informed about phone hacking, he turned a blind eye and exhibited willful blindness to what was going on in his companies and publications.”

    “This culture, we consider, permeated from the top throughout the organization and speaks volumes about the lack of effective corporate governance at News Corporation and News International,” its British newspaper subsidiary.

    “We conclude, therefore, that Rupert Murdoch is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company,” the report said.

    The New York Times, “British Panel Finds Murdoch Unfit to Lead Media Empire.”

    In today’s stories you probably won’t see on Fox “News.”

    (via inothernews)
  11. ☛ The Band's Levon Helms dies at 71 following battle with throat cancer.

    There’s something awful about the cancer starting in the part of his body that enthralled listeners for years.

    One of the best voices in rock music, ever.

    (Additional interesting note: it still amazes me that Helm played Loretta Lynn’s father in Coal Miner’s Daughter.)

  12. reuters:

A Florida prosecutor filed a murder charge on Wednesday against the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed unarmed, black teenager Trayvon Martin in a case that has captivated the United States and prompted civil rights demonstrations.
George Zimmerman, 28, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Martin, according to Angela Corey, the special prosecutor appointed by Florida’s governor to investigate the racially charged case.
Corey said at a news conference on Wednesday that Zimmerman turned himself in to authorities, who then arrested him. He remains in police custody.
READ MORE: Trayvon Martin shooter arrested, charged with murder


Nearly two months later is better than nothing. I’m more interested in what happens to the law enforcement apparatus that botched basic procedure in Sanford.

    reuters:

    A Florida prosecutor filed a murder charge on Wednesday against the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed unarmed, black teenager Trayvon Martin in a case that has captivated the United States and prompted civil rights demonstrations.

    George Zimmerman, 28, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Martin, according to Angela Corey, the special prosecutor appointed by Florida’s governor to investigate the racially charged case.

    Corey said at a news conference on Wednesday that Zimmerman turned himself in to authorities, who then arrested him. He remains in police custody.

    READ MORE: Trayvon Martin shooter arrested, charged with murder

    Nearly two months later is better than nothing. I’m more interested in what happens to the law enforcement apparatus that botched basic procedure in Sanford.

  13. winstonwolfe:

godspeed, Mike Wallace

    winstonwolfe:

    godspeed, Mike Wallace

  14. ☛ Washington state lawmakers pass gay marriage bill that the governor is expected to sign next week

    Fuck yeah, Washington State.

    (via yahoonews)

  15. It’s the media. They never report the good things that the Ku Klux Klan does.

    From “Why Ron Paul’s Racist Newsletters Didn’t Hurt Him in Texas” over at The Atlantic. This quote comes from a voter in Texas’ 14th congressional district, in a 1996 focus group. We don’t even. (via motherjones)

    Like I wrote earlier — this is why Paul has reacted badly to being asked about these newsletters. He’s never had to justify them outside of his district. He’s never had to justify or explain them in his district. This is the vulnerability of being a Congressman or Congresswoman who runs for a presidential nomination: if you’ve never had to explain your policies outside a (usually) gerrymandered district, you’re incredibly ill-prepared for a larger spotlight.