Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Media Notes

There has been a lot of criticism about "fair and balanced" coverage of the weekend protests in Washington. There was an anti-war group and a pro-Bush group. A number of people writing in the Washington Post, NY Times and Oregonian are complaining that the pro-Bush rally got equal play. How do you balance the two? With the hurricanes, this was just a blip on the radar.

There is a lot written by the right about the demise of Air America radio. What's the real truth? The folks at KPOJ are getting rich off AAR.

And following the KATU thread, we always knew going in that family would have to understand what we do for a living, but there has to be some give and take. What's happening at other stations or papers that you might call family or un-family friendly?

40 Comments:

Anonymous rah said...

I don't think the media should fall into the trap of assigning a sliding scale of column inches or minutes of coverage based on how many people show up to a rally or protest.

It's entirely fair to give both rallies the same amount of coverage, making sure to point out tho that one rally got 20 times the attendance of the other.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 4:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm ... consensus numbers were 300,000 NO Liars War, 400 YES Liars War. That'd be, oh ... let's see, uh, seven ... carry the 2, uh ... in round numbers, I get 750 times the attendance. Call it 1,000 right for every 1 wrong.

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And here's an idea: "...we always knew going in that family would have to understand the what we do for a living, but there has to be some give and take." That's not the idea, this is:

Doing something as a substitute for living, bound in blood-ratings slavery instead of bound in family life, is not living. Sure there is "give and take" -- give up death dollars and take up life wealth. What's a'matter, you afraid of living?

'This work kills your soul' can't be the only thing you "always knew going in." So don't go in. Other things you know how to do earn you just as much money.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 5:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw stries on the D.C. rallies on two local t-v newscasts.
Both showed footage of the anti Bush people and aired statements from them. Neither showed the other side or let us hear for ourselves what they had to say.
Why do I not find this suprising?

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 6:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 6:41

Would you give a child molester equal time? James Earl Ray? Hitler?

The whole idea that coverage should be complete relative is a canard. Coverage should be commensurate with the *impact* of the event. Period.

The pro-war people were ignored because they were a pathetic minority AND THEY WERE WRONG...by the way...

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 6:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Article & Essay: Media Flounders As Antiwar Movement Grows

Mainstream media shows ineptness and irrelevance at the antiwar demonstration in Washington.
By Stewart Nusbaumer


Washington, DC -- Of the hundred or more speakers at the antiwar protest in Washington -- no one in their right mind could listen to all of them -- I heard only one say that “the media is not doing its job.” That was Cindy Sheehan.

[ ...]

(M. Cull) came all the way from Palmer, Alaska to the Washington demonstration. He eerily resembles Dick Cheney, but I decide not to tell him that. “The media is on trial,” his clear blue eyes sparkle with intensity. “Actually, I say to hell with them.”

He notes that The New York Times buried its article on the demonstration, and The Washington Post carried nothing in its Saturday paper that could have informed interested readers of the antiwar events. “Maybe forgetting about the mainstream media is one of the good things that will come out of this event," Cull says. "We have Air America and others, we’re creating our own progressive media.”

Indeed, the throngs that came to Washington will often convey more in their email exchanges than you are likely to glean from the mainstream media. And maybe Michael Cull is correct, we need to focus more on developing a strong, dynamic media than continue to be disappointed in the narrow, corporate media.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 7:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Giving air time to a handful of counter protesters, left or right, is simply a CYA media strategy. Why bother. The news is: growing anti-war movement holds big rally. Numbers don't lie. Sure a few pro-war people show up but so what. When the pro-war side holds an event that attracts 100,000 or more, cover that the same as the anti-war event. And put the events in context. That's fair and balanced.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 7:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting - Recent additions

Media Beat: The News Media and the Antiwar Movement (9/27/05) By Norman Solomon

Media Advisory: Disappearing Antiwar Protests: Media shrug off mass movement against war (9/27/05)

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 7:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sept. 28 -- Unlearning Received Truth

RAPES NEVER HAPPENED

And speaking of New Orleans, remember all those stories of rape? Guess what? They weren’t true. The Associated Press reports:

A month after the chaos subsided, police are re-examining the reports and finding that many of them have little or no basis in fact.

'Rumors become improvised news'

They have no official reports of rape and no eyewitnesses to sexual assault. The state Department of Health and Hospitals counted 10 dead at the Superdome and four at the convention center. Only two of those are believed to have been murdered.

One of those victims -- found at the Superdome -- appears to have been killed elsewhere before being brought to the stadium, said Bob Johannessen, the agency spokesman. ( www.cnn.com )


London’s Independent has a more thorough report on the poor reporting: ( news.independent.co.uk )


THE NEWS NOT IN THE NEWS

Democracy Now reports 500 people still missing: ( www.alternet.org )

And now the spraying? Sarah Meyer asks if it's safe: ( www.dissidentvoice.org )

Understanding Katrina: Perspectives from the Social Sciences ( understandingkatrina.ssrc.org )

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 7:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pro-war rally — and that's what it amounts to: pro war, not pro troops — deserved little more than a brief, if even that. More than 100,000 turn out to oppose the war and it gets 20 inches and a photo in the O. A paltry 400 turn out to back the war and it gets exactly the same? I don't think so.

As an earlier poster remarked, the coverage should reflect an event's impact — or the lack thereof. It's much less balanced from a journalistic standpoint to inflate a "story" (though a 400-person rally is hardly a story in D.C.) in an effort to bring balance. The issue is out of balance on its own from the get-go.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 9:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We always knew going in that family would have to understand the (sic) what we do for a living...."

Jesus, stop yer f***ing whining. Reporters aren't firefighters or SEALS. We don't risk our lives. We're just people who put in some odd hours at jobs that demand intellectual honesty, creativity and (I hate to sound like George Bush) hard work. If you don't like the demands of the job, quit or file a BOLI complaint. Otherwise, STFU.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005 9:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But wait, 9:34, the person whining in the KATU case was a producer. A producer who left KATU for greener pastures in Denver, where he was blessed with a 30-person morning show crew. For whatever reason, he left that seemingly prime situation and TOOK THE VERY SAME JOB BACK at KATU! His choice. And all he's done in the time since he's been back is bitch about how Rausch doesn't listen to him, how much Rausch sucks, how bad KATU sucks. He was using this as a lame excuse to quit and go out in a blaze of glory. Sorry, there aren't many martyrs in this business, especially not ones of their own creation. This resigning wasn't about choosing "family over work" -- it was a few hours on a Sunday for Christ's sake! And no, this isn't Rausch. It's someone else at 2 who tries to give people a fair shake -- and can't stand whiners.

Thursday, September 29, 2005 12:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of family-unfriendly atmospheres, what about Hillary Hutchison at FOX 12? Wasn't there some instance where she was forced to work out of town and just "somehow take care of her kids" while her husband was out of town? Patrick, perhaps you could clarify.

Thursday, September 29, 2005 12:33:00 AM  
Blogger Greg Emel said...

Regarding "Fair and Balanced", as a news consumer, what I want most from journalists is THE TRUTH as best as each individual journalist can determine it. I don't want to hear what "both sides" have to say, I want to hear ANALYSIS of what is being said. I want scrutiny. I want fact checking. This "fair and balance" nonsense is something invented by right-wingers trying to push an agenda that doesn't stand up to scrutiny. The fact that most of the mainstream American media has cowed to pressures from Republicans regarding coverage of the war in Iraq and other critically important issues has greatly undermine our democracy. Stop telling us what you think we want to hear and start telling us what is important for us to know. That's your role, that's your responsibility, that's what we the people need from you. Please!

Thursday, September 29, 2005 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KOIN is sold. Who the hell are these new owners??!?!?!?
From the Indianpolis Star Tribune:

September 29, 2005

Emmis finds buyers for 4 more stations
Star report
September 29, 2005

Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corporation today announced that affiliates of the Blackstone Group and the SJL Broadcast Group have agreed to purchase four of its television stations for $259 million.
The purchase covers KOIN-TV (Ch. 6, CBS affiliate) in Portland, Ore.; KHON-TV (Ch. 2, Fox affiliate) in Honolulu; KSNW-TV (Ch. 3, NBC affiliate) in Wichita, Kan.; and KSNT-TV (Ch. 27, NBC affiliate) in Topeka, Kan., and is subject to approval from the Federal Communications Commission and other regulatory authorities.
Emmis previously announced it had signed definitive agreements for the sale of nine of its stations to three separate buyers for $681 million. No announcements have been made regarding KGMB-TV (Ch. 9, CBS affiliate) in Honolulu, WVUE-TV (Ch. 8, Fox affiliate) in New Orleans and WKCF-TV (Ch. 18, WB affiliate) in Orlando.
The nine stations were sold in four separate transactions. LIN TV Corp signed an agreement to purchase WALA-TV (Ch. 10, Fox affiliate) and WBPG-TV (Ch. 55, WB affiliate) in Mobile, Ala./Pensacola, Fla.; WTHI-TV (Ch. 10, CBS affiliate) in Terre Haute, Ind.; WLUK-TV (Ch. 11, Fox affiliate) in Green Bay, Wis.; and KRQE-TV (Ch. 13, CBS affiliate) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, plus regional satellite stations. The sale price for the five stations is $260 million.
Journal Communications signed an agreement to purchase WFTX-TV (Ch. 4, Fox affiliate) in Fort Myers, Fla.; KMTV-TV (Ch. 3, CBS affiliate) in Omaha, Neb.; and KGUN-TV (Ch. 9, ABC affiliate) in Tucson, Ariz. The sale price for the three stations is $235 million. Gray Television signed an agreement to purchase WSAZ-TV (Ch. 3, NBC affiliate) in Huntington/Charleston, West Virginia, for $186 million. The sale price for the four stations is $259 million.
"Today's announcement furthers our goal of doing what is right for our shareholders and employees," Emmis Chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan said in a written statement. "With our previously announced sale of nine stations, we're now close to $1 billion in aggregate sales proceeds while we continue to evaluate alternatives for our remaining stations."
The company also today announced an 11 percent jump in net revenue during the second quarter, from $97.1 million to $107.9 million.
Reported net revenues exclude the results of Emmis' television stations, which have been classified as discontinued operations.
Net revenues and station operating expenses -- excluding noncash compensation -- of the television stations were $60.3 million and $39.8 million, respectively, for the quarter. If these stations had been included in reported results, reported net revenues and station operating expenses -- excluding noncash compensation -- would have been $168.1 million and $105.7 million, respectively.
Diluted net income per common share was 15 cents, compared to 23 cents for the same quarter a year ago. The company blamed the drop on higher interest expense resulting from debt incurred to effectuate the company's Dutch Auction stock repurchase in June.
"We're encouraged with how strong the quarter finished for our radio stations, which outperformed their markets for the sixth straight quarter," Emmis Chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan said in a written statement. "As we continue to focus on operations, the disposition of our TV assets continues. The sale of 9 of our 16 stations will result in proceeds that exceed expectations."
For the second quarter, reported radio net revenues increased 11 percent, while pro forma radio net revenues (including WLUP-FM and the Emmis radio network in Slovakia) increased 4 percent. Publishing net revenues increased 10%.
For the second quarter, operating income was $28.5 million, compared to $25.2 million for the same quarter of the prior year. Emmis' station operating income for the second quarter was $42.0 million, compared to $39.1 million for the same quarter of the prior year.

Thursday, September 29, 2005 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"it was a few hours on a Sunday for Christ's sake!"

I believe that, at best, it was for Mike's sake.

Thursday, September 29, 2005 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When it comes to news there is no "give and take". Your jobs are to cover it. If it means you can't go to little Mary's cookie bake then so be it. You may even have to miss Johnny's baseball game(s). Tough. You wanted into this crazy business, if you can't take the heat get out!

Most people in the news business are hard edged ass****s who drink hard and generally die young. None of you posting here fit the bill.

If you were looking for the idealistic bull**** of your college radio/tv station or newspaper it is just not that way out here.

The worst thing that ever happened to the news business was academia handing out so called journalism degrees. None of you with these pieces of worthless sheets of paper are worth a hill of beans.

Example:

Kelley Day
Tracie Barry
Jeff Giano(whatever) got his job through the mob anyway.
Steve Dunderhead


I could go on for hours.

The only broadcaster worth his or her oats in this S**thole town is Matt Zaffino.

Thursday, September 29, 2005 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like someone's got a crush....

Thursday, September 29, 2005 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Really? said...

That was a very weird Zaffino comment. Isn't he the most "vacationed" guy in town?

NO ONE else gets 10 weeks off each year, plus 2 more for junkets. That's 1/4 of the year!

He just shows up for books plus a few extra weeks right?

So he's the "only broadcaster worth his oats"????

Thursday, September 29, 2005 1:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Fair and Balanced" was probably field tested by several focus groups. You don't have to be fair and balanced to say you are. Just say it often enough and it will stick on enough slugs to move the needle. "More Hits More Often" was bullcrap too but radio stations fell all over themselves in the 70s just to be the first to say it 25 times an hour.

Thursday, September 29, 2005 2:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those wishing to hear "analysis" of a story are looking for commentary, not reporting.
There is a big difference and should be labled as such.

Thursday, September 29, 2005 5:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't all reporting require some analysis? Otherwise you just become a mouthpiece for the individuals you get info from. Then again, that seems to be what we have most of these days, so maybe I'm wrong.

Thursday, September 29, 2005 5:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the reason people hear a lot about Air America's financial trouble is because the interests of big business, which control most major forms of media and disagree with the political views expressed on the network, are taking this issue to town because they want to bash the competition as being 'bunk.'

I think analysis of what is going on is a good idea, you just have to leave the political views expressed on the network out of it... good luck trying to explain this on PDX Radio.

If Air America folds, what would be next for KPOJ?
Another reincarnation of Super 62?
Max 620 - Talk Radio for Clyde Lewis Fans?
Z620?!

Thursday, September 29, 2005 11:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it used to be certain things weren't broadcast to discourage the clowns out there that will do anything to be on tv. until recently, tv didn't oblige these idiots; people running on a field at a sporting event, sucides or suicide attempts, etc.

the lead for k2's 11pm news this week was an example of how low a station will go for viewers(or how unsophsiticated the hired help is these days-or both)
the story was about speeders. as the news crew in a marked news vehicle drove s. on 205 near powell with the camera rolling, a car noticed the crew with the camera and proceeded to showboat for the camera by weaving in and out of lanes and speeding putting other drivers in danger. the news crew not only encouraged this behavior by making it clear to the driver that they were filming, but that had the lowlife mentality to put this footage on the air. i guess when it comes to hired help you get what you pay for.............and the idiot reporter didn't even mention the fact that speeding greatly decreases gas mileage, a timely topic no doubt

Friday, September 30, 2005 11:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the beauty of broadcasting is that if you know what you are seeing (tv) or hearing (radio) during the breaks, you can determine the success or failure of the station.

that said, all of the blabbering about this station and that station is pointless. some can sell the inventory and some can't. (psa's and trade have their place) its very simple to see or hear who can and who can't........

Friday, September 30, 2005 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Iwantmatt said...

i admit it ... i think matt could fill my ovaries. he is the mostest man in oregon.

Friday, September 30, 2005 11:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to Thursday, September 29, 2005 12:29:13 AM... it wasn't his intention of going out like a martyr. all he wanted was a comp day in exchange for going to work on a Sunday. you must work a day shift, huh? you don't know what it's like to work overnights... or it has been such a long time since you have. in any case, to go into work and then to turn around and come right back. all i ask, when is this producer supposed to sleep? the producer wasn't asking for a raise... i don't believe this person ever did in the four years he has been working there since coming back from denver. in addition, the he came back to portland not because of rausch, but for personal reasons.

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