Friday, October 19, 2012

"Of course our content is affected by being a rights holder. Never denied that. Freely admitted that on the air."

So sayeth 'journalist' Pat Steinberg, host of the FAN960's afternoon radio show.

He tweeted it out. I'd link to it but he has since deleted the tweet.

*Update*: reader sent in a screen cap of the since deleted tweet.

Heh. Baited by the Rubbertrout.

My question: Shouldn't the FAN960 be forced to play that 'This is a paid advertisement' disclaimer whenever the Big Show comes on?

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias Ken King should be fired.

From The Mailbag: Tales Of Intrepid Journalism

Reader writes in with a story:

So I'm listening to Steinberg and the abortion on the way home tonight because they are interviewing Neidermayer about being inducted into the Canadian sports HOF. They both make a big deal about how they HAD to ask him about his views on the lockout because it was their job as journalists. At the end of the interview, with nary a lockout question, who should show up but good old Ken King. Scared to ask a player's view of the lockout?  Methinks so.

First things first. RTPIC for starting the story with a 'So'. When I see that shit, I need to call the doctor. It's gonna be more than four hours.

Second, I didn't hear the interview myself and it is not up on their audio on demand, at least when I checked. I'm going by what the reader says happened.

Third, well, if you're a reader of the site, you know what third is. I don't want to repeat it for the millionth time, but it bears repeating. Ken King has his tentacles in everything, and I don't think that, to borrow a phrase from the empathy farting current POTUS, is optimal.

To be even clearer: The organization wouldn't have to be so obsessed with message control if it was run properly.

But let's get off my particular white whale and back to the story as presented. I think it's... just delicious that Steinberg and...what would you call Bryn? He's kind of like a sidekicks sidekick...would make a stink about their journalistic duties when a) they have knowingly spent their entire careers at the FAN960 being shills for the company that pays the bills, the Flames management, b) have on more than one occasion referred to themselves not as 'journalists' but as 'reporters' (I didn't spend my 5th year at college at J-School so I don't get the distinction either) and in the past have acted like this difference makes their salesman antics ok, and c) have in the past said that they pre-screen their questions with their guests to make sure they pass a 'good decorum' test (recall the Giordano interview where Steinberg admitted, ON AIR OF ALL PLACES(!) that they gave the Flames organization a list of the questions they were gonna ask Giordano as a condition for the interview itself.)

What makes the whole scene buttery good, of course, is that after "they both make a big deal about how they HAD to ask him about his views on the lockout because it was their job as journalists" they, of course, don't. 

Lulz. They really respect that audience of theirs, don't they? 

Ken King showing up at the end of the interview, if the hearsay is to be believed and I see no reason why it shouldn't be because it fits the narrative I've been building (wink), is just so Manchurian cherry on top. I wonder if he explicitly told the hosts that they shouldn't be asking a players opinion on the lockout, or if they have been so well trained down at the station that his mere presence inhibits their behavior. 

My guess is that is the latter. 

The point of this whole rant is 'What Is The Point'. As in, What Is The Point of listening, if what you get is pre-screened, pre-approved agit-prop? You may think I am being crazy or anal or whatever, but you should at least understand that the currency of a news organization, even if it is only sports news, is in it's ability to convince the audience that it is conveying actual news, and not propaganda. If people just wanted prop, they can go to the Flames homepage, for instance. 

People know the difference between salesmen and journalists  When they see people call themselves journalists and then act like salesman, it cheapens the brand. People notice. Check out what happened to Newsweek. 

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias Ken King should be fired.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Almond Milk

A poem...

Almond Milk.

No. It's ok. Almond Milk.

What? I don't mean anything by it. Almond Milk.

I'm sure it is completely normal.

Almond Milk.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The CNN Dials Dipped Down When Marriage Was Brought Up

On of my favorite things to do as a writer is to start sentences with the word 'So'. So with that said...

So I was watching the debates the other day... (And now that that is out of the way...). 

There is a stuff to talk about. I don't want to talk about stuff. I want to talk about the CNN dials, and specifically how they reacted to a particular question. 

During the debate 'the youth' came up as a topic. The topic was actually about gun control, but the guys on the stage spun it into a question about 'the youth'. While discussing 'the youth' Mitt Romney said something that I think is entirely correct, normal, mainstream, within the pale, all of that. And yet, if you were watching on CNN, where they had the morons, err, undecided voters hooked up to dials that measured their responses to what the candidates said, you'd have thought Mitt Romney threatened to eat someones dog. 

You see, the CNN voters turned their dials down when Mitt Romney was talking about marriage, and raising kids in a stable household. They boo'ed marriage. They boo'ed marriage as a vehicle in which to raise children. And I was at home, weeping for the Republic. 

"The Roman Republic fell, not because of the ambition of Caesar or Augustus, but because it had already long ceased to be in any real sense a republic at all. When the sturdy Roman plebeian, who lived by his own labor, who voted without reward according to his own convictions, and who with his fellows formed in war the terrible Roman legion, had been changed into an idle creature who craved nothing in life save the gratification of a thirst for vapid excitement, who was fed by the state, and directly or indirectly sold his vote to the highest bidder, then the end of the republic was at hand, and nothing could save it. The laws were the same as they had been, but the people behind the laws had changed, and so the laws counted for nothing." 
- President Theodore Roosevelt

Maybe I'm just old fashioned. But I thought it was really disturbing. It bothered me enough to post about it, at least.