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  • December 02, 2005
    By webteam
    When I wrote about television for the Globe, my least favorite story was covering the results of the local news ratings wars in the so-called "sweeps" months. According to the spin put out by the stations, no one ever lost a sweeps battle. Ever.

    If Station A had a larger audience for a particular newscast, Station B was quick to point out that it performed better in that vital demographic of left-handed people wearing bifocals.

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  • December 02, 2005
    By webteam
    I'm trying to put my bias against the chatty, chuckling, news-lite network morning shows aside. But this LA Times story reporting that CBS is seriously trying to land Katie Couric as its new post-Rather nightly news anchor seems to be a classic example of the Steinbrennerian (as in George) approach to filling needs. Couric might be the highest-priced marquee name out there and her hiring by CBS would have the nation's TV scribes chopping down whole forests to discuss the "coup."

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  • December 02, 2005
    By webteam
    Well it doesn't look like the issue of the U.S. military's pay-for-play journalism in Iraq is going away yet. Republican Senator John Warner (not exactly your squishy, idealistic bleeding heart liberal) is asking the Pentagon to explain itself.

    Here too is a partial transcript of yesterday's White House press briefing in which Scott McClellan seems to be thinking about trying to say that this is a bad idea.

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  • December 02, 2005
    By webteam
    The Globe's Steve Bailey has more today on possible suitors for Herald Media Inc. His column includes the suggestion that the Herald be remade into a daily business newspaper, but I don't know that Boston is big enough to support that option. And that conveniently ignores the existence of the weekly Boston Business Journal which has been doing that job for quite some time, thank you.
  • December 02, 2005
    By webteam
    With all the criticsm being heaped on Bob Woodward for his belated Plamegate revelations (See "From watchdog to lap dog") in this week's Phoenix, it seems only
    fair to offer up an opposing view.

    This one, coming from longtime Woodward friend and National Journal columnist William Powers, makes the case for some unseemly media envy toward Woodward. It makes some good points, but falls short of being convincing in my book.
  • December 01, 2005
    By webteam
    Dan Kennedy's blog, picking up an item from PE Week Wire, has the latest on the apparently determined efforts to sell the Boston Herald and Herald Media Inc.

    Whatever one's view of the Herald (and let's forget the CNC papers for a minute), Boston will be lucky if the paper is alive, recognizable, and staffed even at its current level a year from now.

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  • December 01, 2005
    By webteam
    Here's more on the effort to use the Iraqi media as a U.S. propaganda tool in today's New York Times.

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    Here is what the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had to say about this program, according to the story:

    "Pentagon officials said General Pace and other top officials were disturbed by the reported details of the propaganda campaign and demanded explanations from senior officers in Iraq, the official said.




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