Posted at 7:26 AM on November 11, 2011
by Than Tibbetts
Good morning class, Mr. Collins is out today.
I'll spare you the jokes about 11/11/11 — that's 11/11/11 for our friends across the pond — and just point you to The Current's Music Blog, where they're celebrating Nigel Tufnel Day.
Today is Veteran's Day. The Department of Veteran's Affairs has more than two dozen transcripts of speeches given by presidents, vice presidents and other top officials, beginning in 1961 with President John F. Kennedy.
2) EXPENSIVE DEVELOPMENT
Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to introduce you to your new World's Most Expensive Photo.
Via MSNBC's PhotoBlog:
A 1999 photograph of the Rhine river by German artist Andreas Gursky has sold for $4.3 million in New York City, setting a record for any photograph sold at auction.
This photo by Cindy Sherman was the previous record holder, which sold at auction for $3.89 million in May.
Art is in the
eye wallet of the beholder, I guess.
3) "BLOGGER" "RESIGNS"
Why? It all started with some questions about Romenesko's attribution practices — those quote marks, as they say.
The reaction on Poynter's site has not been kind.
Question: When you read blogs, articles, etc., do you feel, on average, that you are able to determine whether information is the writer's own words or whether they are attributed to someone else?
4) PENN STATE
The fallout at Penn State continues. The New York Times takes a look at Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, who was the state's attorney general in 2009, the year a grand jury began its investigation into Jerry Sandusky's alleged sexual abuse of multiple children.
Flash forward: Corbett becomes governor, effectively a member of Penn State's board of trustees, and the only member with knowledge of a criminal investigation about to flip the school upside-down. Corbett's influence lead to the board's action to fire PSU's football coach, Joe Paterno, and president, Graham Spanier.
A scandal? When you're dealing with sexual abuse, semantics are amplified. Jason Snell at American McCarver takes the Penn State coverage to task for falling back on familiar terms:
Tangent: SI refers to this on its homepage as the "Penn State Scandal." I heard a radio reporter refer to Sandusky's actions as a "sex scandal." Guys, a politician lying about something is a scandal. A politician lying about paying a prostitute is a sex scandal. The word "scandal" has been so devalued that it does not do this situation justice. And this is not a story about sex. Rape is not sex. Child molestation is not sex. This is a story about a serial predator harming children.
And one more perspective worth reading from Kate Fagan, who was a student-athlete at Colorado University when members of the football team were accused of rape, and the school of generally using sex as a recruiting tool. Fagan is now a columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Big-time athletic programs are not entirely unlike nation-states. [...]
Everyone's committed to defeating a common enemy: Ohio State or Nebraska or Michigan.
This is what makes college athletics galvanizing and wonderful. And also, for anyone who has been inside it, it's what can make college athletics frightening.
While Norman Ramsey might not have been a household name, Philip Yam writes at Scientific American, you've been a beneficiary of his work if you've ever used your phone to help you get directions. ("Wait, you mean 1989 Nobel Prize in Physics-winner Norman Ramsey," I hear you saying.)
You've also benefited from his work "exploring how atoms and molecules absorb and emit light in magnetic fields" if you've had an MRI, or had the unstoppable urge to know exactly what time is is.
Ramsey passed away last Friday.
Today is Veteran's Day, when we honor those who have served in our country's military. Today's Question: For you or for people you know, has military service been a positive experience?
Midmorning (9-11 a.m.) - First hour: Why unemployment among veterans is so high.
Second hour: Singer, scholar and civil rights activist Bernice Johnson Reagon joins Midmorning to talk about the music of the civil rights movement and the power of collective singing.(4 Comments)
Sooner or later, the two young people interviewed in this segment would have been ashamed of themselves and their comments. When they had children of their own, for example. Last night's "Daily Show" merely hastens the day.
You heard the one about the reporter who heard "dog" when a meat market worker said "duck," right?
The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists says WCCO has some explaining to do. The MnSPJ has come out in support of demands made by the Asian American Journalists Association that WCCO explain how its unfounded story claiming that dogs from Minnesota were sold in New York as meat made it to air.
We understand that mistakes happen, but we are disappointed that we have yet to see an explanation from WCCO regarding the report in question, which has since been pulled from the website. The report, which perpetuates an Asian stereotype, resulted in a state probe of the meat market in which no evidence was found of dog meat (AAJA).
The City Pages rolled out some new information on what led to the error.
Apparently it wasn't a snap judgement to air the story and publish it online.
"It was approved by multiple middle manager producers, and the CBS lawyer," says the source. "Our news director hasn't said a word, hasn't approached anyone in the newsroom about it. He may make heads roll before his head rolls."
The City Pages source also says that "a reporter from the CBS affiliate in New York was deployed to Chinatown to ask if the meat market in question also sold dogs as pets, according to our source. The question met with a confused 'No.'"
But I-TEAM reporter James Schugel pressed on with the story and in a phone call with a market employee confused "duck" with "dog."
Thanks to a cached version of the story, here is how the exchange was reported on WCCO.com:
The I-TEAM found no sign of dogs, until they called the market directly.
"Do you sell dogs?" asked the I-TEAM'S Schugel.
"Yea. We sell dog," said the man who answered the phone.
"Dogs for people to eat?" asked Schugel.
"Uh, yea," he said. "We sell many kinds of meat."
"Dogs for people to eat?" asked Schugel.
"Yes," said the man.
The I-TEAM questioned the man again, just to be clear. He said he does not sell dogs for pets. He only sells them for food.
After hearing the shocking story New York Agriculture Department investigators went to the market and found no indication the market was selling dog meat.(1 Comments)