WikiYou: Who’s Watching Who?

Reading Time: < 1 minute Here’s an intriguing interview with the founder of the first “Leaks” site, Cryptome. (Click “Read the Rest” To See Video) A few excerpts: “Beware of the Internet, which is a large-scale spying machine” “Secrecy is the enemy of democracy; it’s way overdone.” “Sites like ours…are left in place to watch who comes there….The reason we Read More

This is Who? A Journalistic BooBoo

Reading Time: 2 minutes Did you hear this? Howard Kurtz, the longtime dean of mainstream journalists who critique other journalists’ standards and practices, made a huge booboo—then waited about forever before acknowledging it. It’s a doozy: he wrote up an interview with the new House investigations chief, Rep. Darrell Issa—but didn’t realize he was actually speaking with an Issa Read More

The Koch Brothers’ Climatologist

Reading Time: 4 minutes The other day, USA Today ran an article reporting that 2010 had tied 2005 as the warmest year since record-keeping began in 1880. That’s disturbing data, or course. But what really caught my eye was who they chose to question the significance of the news: a climatologist with….the Cato Institute. That’s a policy outfit heavily funded by the very companies whose emissions heat up the earth’s atmosphere.

Readers, Please Weigh In: K-GUN

Reading Time: < 1 minute The local ABC affiliate tv station in Tucson is KGUN. It is referred to as “K-GUN.” A man named H.U. Garrett chose those call letters when he bought the station in 1957. Wikipedia says this man sought to reflect his interest in Western lore, and in collecting guns. Now that, half a century later, the Read More

What We’d Do About….The Giffords Shooting Story

Reading Time: 2 minutes We’re going to occasionally list the types of reporting we would do, the sort of thinking we would apply, and the questions we would ask—were we already fully funded and able to mount our own investigative dig into more stories. Here are some initial issues worth pursuing regarding the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords—and potentially relevant Read More

Is This Photo Relevant?

Reading Time: < 1 minute Given Palin’s denunciations of efforts to restrict guns in America, and her website graphic (see blog post below) featuring crosshairs over members of congress, is it fair for news organizations to run a picture like this? Please weigh in with a comment-and please keep a civilized tone.

Readers, Please Weigh In: Palin And Giffords

Reading Time: 2 minutes A reader posted a comment on the item below—which features the graphic from Sarah Palin’s PAC, and “targets” various congressmembers, including Gabrielle Giffords. The reader writes, I come here for the truth, not ham handed partisan nonsense. If I wanted knee jerk corporate leftist dreck I know where to find it. Didn’t your years on Read More

The Meaning of Daley

Reading Time: 3 minutes A few days ago, the Obama Administration floated a trial balloon to see if there would be any opposition to the appointment of William Daley as the President’s Chief of Staff. There wasn’t, and so they’ve gone ahead and made it official. That they were concerned about a backlash is evident from the original reporting. Read More

Democracy=Corruption And Eggshells?

Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent Washington Post article reported on the not-so-coincidental timing of campaign contributions from corporate interests with votes on legislation affecting those interests. As thoughtful folks might say, “well DUH.” Who can be surprised by this? Certainly, the daily corruption of Congress must be covered, and I’m glad to see the Post writing: Numerous times Read More