Radiolab responds, Wellstone's moment, the swing ovulation vote, spreading Kevin's love, and the kid who wanted to build a car.
American Public Media's Marketplace provided a good glimpse into the effect of the presidential campaign on friendships last night, turning to two Minnesota pals on different sides of the race.
Only these two guys also own small businesses, and destroy the notion that the sector is monolithic voting block.
"It's the new kissing the baby," says Shawn Sheeley. "For both candidates, the conversations around small businesses, I feel, are pandering."
Here's the piece:(2 Comments)
When is the last time your vote was influenced by a newspaper editorial endorsement?
The effectiveness of the newspaper endorsement is debatable, but there might be fallout from newspapers not endorsing candidates an issues.
Media monitor Jim Romenesko says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has decided it will take no role in endorsing candidates in the presidential and Senate races
"Inside the paper, I'm told, there's the feeling that 'we have two tough picks to make and we're taking a pass,' and the paper is less relevant because of it," he writes today.
Milwaukee columnist Bruce Murphy says the paper took a lot of heat when it endorsed in the recent recall election. It raises the question, though, that if a newspaper is unwilling to get in the middle of a public fray, what's the point of having an editorial department?
Newspapers like the JS are bleeding readers, ads and staff at an alarming rate. I'm guessing the editors decided it just wasn't worth the blowback to do endorsements, all the more so when the evidence suggest they have little impact on readers anyway.
I think it's an inevitable and probably smart decision by the newspaper, but it does present it with a big challenge: to reinvent the editorial page. The fact is that policy editorials, the kind listed by Dold, typically get very little readership, whereas candidate endorsements get much more discussion and exposure, including in ads by candidates.
Will the newspaper continue to devote the resources, the staff time it takes to write thoughtful, policy wonk editorials that get low readership? Once you dump editorial endorsements, isn't the whole editorial page up for grabs?
Meanwhile, this weekend is the weekend when newspapers trot out the big endorsements. NPR's David Folkenflik says the Pioneer Press will not endorse in the presidential race. In his story, he notes that some experts say editorials only matter in local races, not the national ones. So, contrary to the old axiom, all politics isn't local.(1 Comments)
Google can be an unforgiving master for people who do online journalism.
In Detroit today, the Free Press reported that the city's boxing icon has died.
Clicking the link reveals a different tale...
While they sort it out, here's an old interview with Emanuel Steward(1 Comments)
A question: Why aren't there popular conservative comedians?
It's a question that nagged me while watching the video sweeping the InterWebs today...
Stephen Colbert, a liberal playing a conservative, has plenty of material on a nightly basis, but conservative politicians aren't the only ones saying stupid things that are good for comedy.
This is a situation, actually, that has had some study. At this year's South by Southwest, one panel, moderated by Alf LaMont of LA's Comedy store, considered it:
Even while prepping for the panel it had become clear to me that the available resources for political humor were, by a huge margin, a ridiculously huge margin, leftist. My desire to be an evenhanded moderator was hindered by my lack of access to comedy or comedians who self-identified as right leaning. Regardless of how deep online I searched, there was little in the way of "Right-Wing comedy" that made any sort of mark on the political spectrum. Not in the enormous ways that Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart have been making waves, by tying satire to genuine political action. At best, right wing comedy seemed to be relegated to the notorious conservative radio talk show circuit, where pundits like Rush Limbaugh and Anne Coulter gently dip their toe into satire from time to time and Dennis Miller holds court as the sole comedian who will dive into conservative politics exclusively.
An academic to whom he turned, acknowledged there's not been scholarly research on the questions, though he theorized that the economics dictate that comedians appeal "to the downtrodden masses."
Comedian Stephen Kruiser, writing at Breitbart, didn't think that was all that funny.
The other part of the reality is this: most liberals in the entertainment industry expose themselves to conservatives about as readily as they would a leper colony. The only conservatives they know are politicians on TV and their great-uncle Cedrick. They assume we're all book-burning freaks who sit around comparing scowls on those rare occasions when we take breaks from THE WAR ON WOMEN.
The caricature conservatives they know in their heads couldn't possibly be funny, therefore none of them could ever really exist in the world of comedy.
Today, the BBC presented an interview with Alison Dagnes, author of A Conservative Walks Into A Bar: The Politics of Humour, who says comedy is anti-establishment, "and that is firmly in the liberals' wheelhouse."
"Conservatives are not funny. I'm being brutally objective here," comedian Dean Obeidallah, told CNN a few months ago, while refusing to say why "conservatives struggle so horribly when trying to be funny."
"To be a conservative comic you're going to poke fun at feminists and gays -- politically incorrect stuff -- but it is just too taboo these days," comedian Nick Di Paolo told the Daily Caller. For the last few years the media has just gotten so politically correct, and I mean it's not just the news. It is throughout the media. Just look at how white heterosexual men are portrayed as compared to women and minorities. And that is why I don't think you are ever going to see a conservative comic as famous as Jon Stewart on the right. As Colin Quinn says, 'it's so big it's not a conspiracy.'(12 Comments)
Ten years ago tomorrow night, Garrison Keillor had the most unenviable job in Minnesota.
In the wake of the plane crash 10 years ago today that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone and seven others, Keillor had to start his show with its usual comic personality at a time that was decidedly unfunny.
Wellstone was dead, the state was reeling, a memorial service hadn't yet divided the state, and in many ways, Keillor had the task of being Minnesota's consoler-in-chief.
The lights dimmed. The audience waited. The usual show open didn't happen, at least in its usual spot. Instead, Keillor and his cast rose to the occasion as Guy Noire, private eye. He provided some laughs, and then reduced us all to tears.
"I'm not here to do a eulogy or a memorial." he said after the bit. "The guy already has a city named after him right here."
Unfortunately, it's only available online as RealAudio (the dominant audio player 10 years ago), but if anything can make you reinstall it, this segment is it.4 Comments)