Posted at 9:38 AM on July 20, 2008
by Bob Collins
As the Republican National Convention gets closer, one can feel the frustration building that St. Paul, where the
theatrical peformances convention sessions will be held each evening, is playing second fiddle to Minneapolis.
The New York Times, up until recently, has been referring to the convention being in Minneapolis. And it was only this week that some bosses in the newsroom got an apology from National Public Radio for referring to the convention being in the city that is not the state's capital.
Now if someone would just tell the Republican National Convention organizers who have given Minneapolis top-billing in its video slideshow blog posting introducing the convention to attendees. It's too bad because the St. Paul video is much better than Minneapolis'.
I'm not sure which MPR talk show gets the not-so-coveted News Cut talk-show-of-the-week award (it's never been awarded before). Midmorning's hour with the Cowboy Junkies and its hour with critics and cartoonists on the New Yorker satire are among the top shows of the week. But in the "tell me something I didn't already know" department, I give the nod to Friday's Midday segment with Carleton College's Roy Grow, who was on the line from Vietnam, but spent much of the hour talking about China.
In particular was the portion discussing the incredible pollution as the Olympics near. It's something the Atlantic's James Fallows -- who now lives there -- has been harping on for some time, although in a post this weekend, he's pretty sure he's seeing light at the end of the smokestack.
As bad as that picture from Fallows looks (click for bigger image), he says it's "not that bad" compared to previous days.
Grow's segment also contrasted nicely with a National Public Radio piece on Friday, in which some Beijing residents are said to be upset at the modern architecture that's taking over their city.(4 Comments)
Posted at 8:43 PM on July 20, 2008
by Bob Collins
Some unrelated stories to make you... well, I'm guessing you know.