Reason #138 why journalism is dying

Euphemisms and cliches. They're strangling journalism, you know. Clogging up the sink like tea leaves is how I believe George Orwell put it in his essay "Politics and the English Language." I choked on more than a few this morning while listening to this Associated Press story about U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on NPR. … Continue reading Reason #138 why journalism is dying

Surveying the ‘television landscape’

In 1961, 34-year-old Newton Minow gave his very first speech as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. In it he called network television a "vast wasteland." Minow's candor earned him national scorn, ridicule and everlasting infamy when Gilligan's Island producer Sherwood Schwartz named the castaway's wrecked boat the Minnow in his honor. I was reminded … Continue reading Surveying the ‘television landscape’