Nobody asked me and this is a media blog, not a sports blog. But I have a funny feeling that Seattle's better than we think.
Final: Seahawks 27, Steelers 21.
For my money, Jeff Chester, director of the Center for Digitial Democracy, is one of the best public interest advocates we have when it comes to the media and communications industries. That's why his ominous piece posted on the Nation online, titled "The End of the Internet?" is worth reading. If he's right, this would change everything.
Channel 5 viewers may have noticed station reporter Gail Huff chronicling the implosion of Tom Reilly's gubernatorial campaign this morning. And that raises a question. What happens if her hubby, State Senator Scott Brown, ends up -- as some speculate -- as a GOP candiate for lieutenant governor? Presumably that obvious conflict of interest would bring an instant halt to Huff's reporting on the gubernatorial campaign.
Everyone has a different morning news routine. Mine, at least assuming there isn't some huge major local story (like a predicted 3 inch snowfall), is to tune into CNN's American Morning to find out what's happening in the world, usually by catching the headlines on the half hour.
This morning at 8:30, the lovely Carol Costello, who I have a minor crush on, read four stories.
Here's the message I got today after going to the site that tells you whether your Boston Globe or Worcester Telegram & Gazette credit card or bank card info was inadvertently released because of a distribution snafu.
Yes, we have located your name on the list of impacted accounts. We have tried to recover as much of the data as possible from our retailers and branches, but we recommend that you monitor your bills and report any unauthorized transactions to your bank or credit card company immediately.
First, Yahoo! News hired veteran war correspondent Kevin Sites as its globetrotting "hot zone" reporter. Now, it's signed up advice columnist Margo Howard -- who for eight years has written Slate's "Dear Prudence" column -- to begin writing "Dear Margo" on a weekly basis starting in February. (The column will also be syndicated in more than 200 papers.
From Adweek's Daily Briefing, good news for the fabulous and deserving Smoking Gun. Although I'm sorry to see O'Reilly slip into second place.
As James Frey's credibility has publicly crumbled over the past several weeks, traffic to the TheSmokingGun.com has soared. On Jan. 8, the scandal-heavy news site broke the story that portions of Frey's best selling memoir, A Million Little Pieces, were fabricated or exaggerated.
Very solid page 1 hit today by Walter Robinson and Mike Rezendes on the financial problems besetting Attorney General Tom Reilly's brand spanking new running mate, State Rep. Marie St. Fleur. Whatever you think of St. Fleur's debt issues, here's the truly head-scratching news in the story:
Reilly, St. Fleur said, first approached her Saturday about being his running mate and offered her the spot on Sunday.
There are moderately conflicting accounts about whether and when Bob Woodruff would be able to return to his anchor duties at ABC today. Here's the more somber assessment in a Washington Post piece reporting that Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson will fill in for him alongside Elizabeth Vargas for the forseeable future: