Jonathan Klein Cries Wolf, Again

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Now that the Jacko trial is over, CNN president Jonathan Klein is once again claiming that it’s time to buckle down and start reporting real news. A recent Newsweek article on Klein even poses the question in regard to CNN: “Will a more highbrow plan work in a tabloid era?”
We’ve been hearing since November 2004, when Jonathan Klein took over the sinking ship known as CNN, that he was going to make CNN “more highbrow.” You know, less Brangelina and Wacko Jacko in favor of real journalism. So when is this supposed transformation going to happen? Over the last 8 months we have seen countless hours devoted to Jacko, not to mention the runaway bride on CNN. Still major news outlets continue to buy Klein’s promise of a more highbrow CNN:

From Newsweek:
Klein has moved aggressively to make CNN’s prime-time producers shift their focus to longer, more-polished pieces, eventually creating a sort of “60 Minutes” every night.

Where’s the evidence of this aggressive shift? When Klein waxes poetic about CNN going highbrow, it’s simply spin. A bluff. The old advertising adage applies, if you say something enough times, people will begin to believe it. (At least the dense people who write for Newsweek). Given Klein’s fluff-filled Jacko/Brangelina-friendly track record, does anybody believe Klein for a second? Here’s a choice chunk from the Newsweek article:

[Klein] was concerned that their evening coverage of the not-guilty verdict was destined to be stale. “We have a less interesting story now,” Klein told his deputies. “What is there original to say about Michael Jackson at this point?”
“Michael dressed like Captain Crunch, walking out of the limousine.” He marveled at opportunities lost: “We could have done 60 stories during that time.”

Yes, you sure could have Mr. Klein.
At this point, Klein reeks worse than a cheating husband who comes home smelling like cheap perfume swearing that it will never, ever happen again.

Let's impeach the fucker

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Don’t know what this is about? Read the Downing Street Memo here.

Everything is Illuminated, the Movie

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That’s right, believe it or not they’ve turned Jonathan Safran Foer’s book into a movie. It stars Elijah Wood no less….you know, the guy who will come to hate the nickname Frodo more that Rob Reiner loathes Meathead. Here’s a taste of reader of depressing books‘ review: [Via Gawker]

after the screening, we were given ‘grade’ sheets
where it asked us if the ending should be changed, if anything should be changed, if there was anything we didn’t like and how to change it so we would like it
i wanted to punch someone in the face
but i wasn’t sure who exactly

you can read the whole review here.

Brooklyn Hip Hip Festival

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Brand Nubian
The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is an all-day outdoor event celebrating Hip Hop music and culture in New York’s most beautiful borough. Brought to you by Room Service, Seven Heads, and The Brooklyn Brewery.
When: Saturday, June 18th, 1-7pm
At the Brooklyn Brewery
Featuring Brand Nubian, Little Brother, Rhymefest, and Leela James
Get tickets and info here

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I think the correct medical term is "poo poo"

This confounding medical jargon confused us:

From CNN

Mount McKinley climbers threatened by ‘virus-laden poo’

Mountaineers who ascend North America’s loftiest peak are often brought down to earth by “virus-laden poo” left behind by previous climbers, a medical report says….
“They think they’re going out on a pristine climb and there’s virus-laden poo all around them,” said Dr. Bradford Gessner, a mountaineer and one of the study’s authors.

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Sludge Report

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Matt Drudge is such a douchebag. These are two current link titles on his site:

Sen. Durbin [D-IL] took the Senate floor yesterday and likened American servicemen to Nazis…
Refuses to apologize…

He fails to mention the most important part; Durbin is speaking very generically of Americans in Guantanamo Bay who are accused of torture and degredation. Here’s the transcript:

When you read some of the graphic descriptions of what has occurred here [at Guantanamo Bay] — I almost hesitate to put them in the [Congressional] Record, and yet they have to be added to this debate. Let me read to you what one FBI agent saw. And I quote from his report:
“On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water. Most times they urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18-24 hours or more. On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold. . . . On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.”
If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.

Providing the correct context helps, Matt. Durbin should know that throwing out the term Nazi is only going to get him in trouble, but he wasn’t talking about our servicemen overseas on the streets of Fallujah. He was referring to American interrogators who have been exposed as torturers by the FBI.

I want my NPR

Tomorrow, (Thursday, June 16, 2005) the House Appropriations Committee will decide whether to approve 25% cuts to NPR and PBS. The House is threatening to eliminate all public funding for NPR and PBS, starting with “Sesame Street,” “Reading Rainbow” and other commercial-free children’s shows. Sign the petition to Congress opposing these massive cuts to public broadcasting.

Newport Folk Fest 2005

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This looks like a great line-up. Will be worth the trip:
(Via Brooklyn Vegan)
The Newport Folk Fest in Newport, Rhode Island is happening August 6th & 7th, 2005.
Lineup:
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Bright Eyes
M Ward
Del McCoury
Jim Lauderdale
Emmylou Harris
and JUST ADDED: The Pixies (accoustic)
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