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  • spocko commented on the diary post What’s The Value Of TV Journalism? Analysis Of Episode Two Of The Newsroom by spocko.

    2014-11-26 20:23:53View | Delete

    Ha! Good one. You will note I didn’t say that this was gripping TV. :-) the third episode I just watched was far from gripping, but still interesting issues were raised.

  • spocko commented on the diary post What’s The Value Of TV Journalism? Analysis Of Episode Two Of The Newsroom by spocko.

    2014-11-26 20:06:13View | Delete

    Excellent point. I address part of that in my analysis of Episode 3. Read it at Hullabaloo.

  • spocko commented on the diary post What’s The Value Of TV Journalism? Analysis Of Episode Two Of The Newsroom by spocko.

    2014-11-26 13:05:03View | Delete

    I was out of town so I just got to see third episode of The Newsroom last night, I’m working on a post about it. That episode wasn’t as interesting to me as this second one, because it goes into more legal issues and one upsmanship stuff which I find annoying. ‘Okay, let’s all see [...]

  • ThumbnailThere was a scene in The Newsroom’s second episode this season where Charlie, the network president, explains to the two rich kids working on a hostile takeover that what the news division of ACN does and says is important. ACN, he explains, is like NBC and CNN, they are the face and voice of the parent [...]

  • Qui tam laws are a way people can sue profiteers on on behalf of the people. And insight on why they aren’t used? DOJ fears? Fear of whistleblowers being attacked?

  • I wonder who will be the first to crack?
    My money is on the police

  • spocko commented on the diary post Did CIA Block Michael Hastings’ Book Salon at FireDogLake? by spocko.

    2014-11-16 13:06:52View | Delete

    That makes sense. Also I’ve found out that those groups are smart enough to cover their track. When law enforcement wants to track down someone, like the people who did a DDoS on Paypal because of their withdrawing the ability to contribute to WikiLeaks they often turn to these people in the intelligence community for [...]

  • I didn’t get into the technical side of the story, but what is sad is that the experience is so common that unless FDL was a massive media site like Huffington Post and it went off for a long period of time, nobody would even bother to cover it. But big sites are also the [...]

  • ThumbnailToday’s FireDogLake Book Salon with Matt Farwell, discussing   Michael Hastings and The Last Magazine  was canceled because of technical difficulties.  FDL had to cancel my Book Salon on May 25th with Richard A. Clarke on his book Sting of the Drone  because of technical difficulties.  There have been other technical difficulties that have shut down FDL recently around some posts by CIA [...]

  • spocko commented on the diary post The World Gets the Wars Americans Deserve by David Swanson.

    2014-11-14 19:38:06View | Delete

    Excellent piece. So question for David (or anyone else for that matter)Please give me names of people to go on the Sunday talk shows to explain

    how the region could be demilitarized rather than further armed. You can discuss diplomatic possibilities, local cease-fires, aid and restitution

    Who can stand up to Gen. Zinni and Gen Jack [...]

  • spocko commented on the diary post The Newsroom: A Fantasy Network Reality Show. An Activist Analysis by spocko.

    2014-11-14 12:07:21View | Delete

    thanks Kspopulist! I read it and as you said, interesting use of lefty conclusions, but when I reached the part where he said we don’t need to lower military spending (in fact we need to increase it a bit) I just rolled my eyes. Solutions that don’t involved escalation and more drones are rarely talked [...]

  • spocko commented on the diary post The Newsroom: A Fantasy Network Reality Show. An Activist Analysis by spocko.

    2014-11-13 21:10:30View | Delete

    I agree, because the government is also us. We the people. That is why I’d first suggest that the government agencies that are supposed to look out for us, the FCC, FTC and SEC. look into this. Since we know that there is a lot of regulatory capture , I would also look at other [...]

  • spocko commented on the diary post The Newsroom: A Fantasy Network Reality Show. An Activist Analysis by spocko.

    2014-11-13 20:46:42View | Delete

    I think disclosure is important, but it also implies that people will care and do something with that information. That isn’t always the case. Take for example finding out that some Right Wing Congress person is getting millions from Sheldon Aldleson or the Koch brothers. Their views are in line with that guy already. It’s [...]

  • spocko commented on the diary post The Newsroom: A Fantasy Network Reality Show. An Activist Analysis by spocko.

    2014-11-13 20:33:40View | Delete

    I read the book that Rather’s producer wrote. I really wish his case had gone to trial. What I wanted to hear was about the White House pressure on the higher up executives. Also I still wanted to know more about who set up the entrapment. If you know that you have some bad info [...]

  • spocko commented on the diary post The Newsroom: A Fantasy Network Reality Show. An Activist Analysis by spocko.

    2014-11-13 20:18:53View | Delete

    I think it is a bit of propaganda and some wish fulfillment, like the West Wing, “Oh I wish we had President Bartlett!” Or “I wish I was as smart as Toby, or CJ or Josh.” I know that people who work in pretty much any industry when they watch a fictional show about it [...]

  • spocko commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Reason I’m Gone

    2014-11-12 23:29:16View | Delete

    Anyone watch the show The Newshour? I have a analysis of it over in diaries.

  • spocko commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Reason I’m Gone

    2014-11-12 23:28:21View | Delete

    Hi folks.
    Big fan of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, but never heard of the mung bean thing.

  • spocko commented on the diary post The Newsroom: A Fantasy Network Reality Show. An Activist Analysis by spocko.

    2014-11-12 21:52:48View | Delete

    I used the HBO Season opener trailer because they didn’t offer any clips that illustrated my points. They did show some of the more annoying parts of the show that I really don’t care about. It’s like watching the later seasons of Glee. “Please cut out the high school love interests and get to the [...]

  • Aaron Sorkin writes more fantasy than George R.R. Martin. The Newsroom is Sorkin’s latest. I watch SF and fantasy for entertainment first and if I get some insights into human nature and into a different world that’s a bonus. The season three opener of The Newsroom was useful in both these ways and also gave me some [...]

  • spocko commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Mother Goose in Swingtime

    2014-11-08 23:37:31View | Delete

    I’m adding new parts and twists to it every day. My latest was the idea that the news programs should identify who the guests are being paid by as a way to keep advertising revenue. Why should a drug manufacturer spend money on advertising when they can spend it on a paid doctor that nobody bothers on the news shows bothers to explain that he is making money from the drug he is pushing on the news show.

    The FTC makes them tell the truth in the advertising, but the FCC has no teeth and the TV news programs have shown time and time again that they will not bother to reveal the guests financial connections to companies like General Dynamics or RAytheon.

    then there are two other audiences. Institutional investors and speculators. So for example the speculators would love to know that the TV networks might have to start saying that Gen Zinni works for Raytheon because if they don’t they will lose drug and fast food advertising. I of course will contact the drug and fast food advertisers and suggest to them that the TV News are pushovers. Then if the TV people say, ‘WE are NOT push overs” we will totally identify who the doctors are paid by! We remind the FTC and FCC that they just admitted that they didn’t idenify who they general work.

    It’s interesting because I keep going over all the possible responses and counters in my mind and a lot of them involve their idea that nobody cares, or that everyone already knows that the retired generals work for defense contractors.

    then I go to the SEC and those defense contractors. If that is the case then the publicly traded companies should be disclosing that they had a material event because the TV networks aren’t following any guidelines on identification.

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