In our cover story in this week's issue on children's book illustrator and writer Adam Rex, we promised you the video that features the large paper mache head on the cover and inside. Its also just a fun video with Rex and author Mac Barnett ironing out the "differences" in their relationship. The due recently collaborated on a book published last year, Chloe and the Lion.
Just over two months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., PBS is asking America, “Where do we go from here?” with special programming aptly named “After Newtown.” The series of specials, first announced by the network in January, began airing Monday and will continue through Feb. 22.
Mixing documentary-style reports with commentaries on gun control, mental health and possible prevention of similar acts of violence in the future, “After Newtown” was designed expose the many relevant issues surrounding the shooting, as well as resonate emotionally with viewers still seeking closure, according to a PBS press release:
“This week of specials gives PBS the opportunity to take an in-depth and thoughtful look at the issues the Newtown tragedy laid bare,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming for PBS. “As we mourn the lives lost in Newtown, it is important to present the facts, the science, and the history behind the issues to provide information and context as we collectively look at how better to protect and serve our communities.”
I'd actually been waiting for Stephen Colbert to do the Harlem Shake ever since I saw Jon Stewart's version of it.
Stewart's "getting ditched" twist to the newest trending "dance" is pretty funny. But I've always been a little more entertained by The Colbert Report than by the Daily Show.
So I was really disappointed when I saw this video:
I'll give Colbert credit for doing the actual Harlem Shake. You know, the one where you pop your shoulders side to side and swing your arms. Everyone else seems to think the Harlem Shake is a pelvic thrust for some weird reason.
But Colbert's version of the Harlem Shake is literally just him awkwardly dancing by himself then people joining him. I expected some weird props or a twist to it like Stewart's. I'm not sure what was up with the making of this video but Colbert could have definitely given his fans something much funnier than this generic Harlem Shake.
For an organization that has been hemorrhaging money for years, has nearly half the workforce it did in 2008 and whose quality continues to decrease on a daily basis, the Arizona Daily Star sure does love to spend money on frivolous litigation.
Last week the Star — and, according to the filing, rumpled environmental reporter Tony Davis — sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in federal court over documents that the Star requested to review regarding the infamous Macho B jaguar story. The suit cites the Freedom of Information Act and that the act was violated when, after requesting the documents nearly two years ago, they were released last year missing some pages and having lots of redactions on others.
For those not keeping up with the Macho B tale (which is impossible if you read the Star; you'd think the animal was Lute Olson's pet), it entails the capture in 2009 of what was then believed to be the last known jaguar in the U.S. The animal ended up dying, and $3 million (looking for places to slash the federal budget? start here, please) was spent investigating what, if anything, was done wrong.
It's been just a little over a month since malintZINE hit the internets. In 40 days it's already garnered more than 14,500 views. By the time you read this, it could easily be close to 16,000. That's how fast it's taken off.
The blog describes itself as a "an online zine by radical women and queer people of color." From the blog, its grown to have a presence on Facebook, Twitter and tumblr. If you're new to the blog, start from the bottom up to understand why it started — in reaction to an effort by some members of TUSD's Mexican-American Studies movement discouraging discussion on domestic violence and the arrest of a former MAS leader.
MalintZINE aims to highlight sexual and gender violence issues front and center, rather than force women and others to be silent. Social movements don't grow and evolve unless they are called out on their bullshit and that's part of what this blog is doing. But it also features posts on Chicana feminism, gender identity, and poetry that reacts to what is taking place in Tucson right now.
Members of the collective have received a lot of unfounded criticism. Some complaints focus on the fact that most of the posts don't have bylines. Perhaps this newest post offers an explanation:
Great news for all of you folks out there who has missed seeing me host the Friday night Political Roundtable: The AZ Illustrated makeover is nearly complete and the long-running newsmagazine will be returning to the air next week.
The new AZ Illustrated will feature new hosts each night of the week (except for Friday, where you'll still see me). There's a new focus each evening, including metro news on Monday, science and tech on Tuesday, nature and environment on Wednesday, arts and entertainment on Thursday and politics on Friday.
I'm thrilled to be getting back into the studio and excited about the new lineup that the AZPM team has put together. The full press release, with details about the new hosts and focus, is below the cut.
Brian J. Pedersen, frequent Tucson Weekly contributor and former employee of the Arizona Daily Star, was mentioned, in a sideways fashion, in a New York Times article discussing whether or not speech posted on the Internet is protected by law, according to the National Labor Relations Board.
In Pedersen's case, they felt it wasn't:
The N.L.R.B. had far less sympathy for a police reporter at The Arizona Daily Star.
Frustrated by a lack of news, the reporter posted several Twitter comments. One said, “What?!?!?! No overnight homicide. ... You’re slacking, Tucson.” Another began, “You stay homicidal, Tucson.”
The newspaper fired the reporter, and board officials found the dismissal legal, saying the posts were offensive, not concerted activity and not about working conditions.
Pedersen had this to say today via Twitter:
Got cited by a major international media outlet as an example of how not to use Twitter. What did YOU accomplish today? #strangelyproud
On a related note, make sure to check out this week's cover feature, written by Pedersen!
Although the certainty of this Manti Te’o hoax news is unclear, it is sure to bring about more annoying puns and terms that will stick around much longer than the news of the story will.
“Te’oing,” a play on words from “Tebowing,” is already circuiting the Twitter and social media world as a term for making up a fake girlfriend.
For any of you who haven’t heard about the Te’o debacle, sports blog Deadspin reported yesterday that the Notre Dame football star had a fake girlfriend, who supposedly passed away in September. Maybe he created her and killed her off for the publicity to help him win the Heisman trophy this year (which didn't help; he finished second in the Heisman running). Or possibly, he was caught up in a Catfish-like, online dating scandal.
Manti Te’o had the public eating out of the palm of his hand with his heartbreaking story of how his girlfriend Lennay Kekua, died of leukemia. On top of the death of the love of his life, his grandma also passed away on the same day (terrible, right?).
Wrong. Turns out, this “girlfriend” never existed. Still terrible and real however, Annette Santiago, his grandma, died on Sept. 11, 2012, at the age of 72, according to Social Security Administration records in Nexis.
To read the entirety of this lengthy article that examines the different angles of the story, first released by Deadspin, click here.
I have this vision where every time a relative or unassuming stranger tells me that journalism is dying, I cackle and tell them, “You’re next.”
Alas, there are much more respectable ways to respond to the all-too-familiar accusations that journalists face regarding the future of our profession. As a fledgling writer just now beginning to dabble in work of the professional-caliber, I need all the advice I can get, and this week I stumbled across some I can covet.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eugene Patterson, who died last week from complications of cancer, spent the majority of his 89 years crusading for the civil rights movement, progressivism and improved ethical standards for journalists. It seems only fitting that his last thoughts on the profession he worked so diligently to reform, dictated to a friend last November and available in their entirety here on Poynter, can be applied not only to journalism, but any industry on the cusp of a major transitionary period.
Eric Bolling, co-host of Fox News's The Five, a panel-discussion show that discusses news and issues of the day, pointed something out yesterday that apparently shook him to his core: liberal propaganda within an elementary school math textbook.
Detailing the distributive property.
A part of me feels that this is simply too silly to even bother commenting on—after all, it's a show that features talking heads making mountains out of molehills. It's a show that, all things being equal, is about as culturally important as The View.
But what gets me, beyond this ridiculous assertion that Bolling hopefully pulled out of a pile of ridiculous items just to fill some time, were the responses of the panel members:
Co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle said that she goes through all of her six-year-old's homework papers, adding that she was now on "high alert after this inappropriateness!"
"So it starts in third grade [with] 'Distribute The Wealth,' and guess what happens? Through their whole educational experience they continually get indoctrinated through college," a concerned Bolling said, holding up the math sheet once again.
Co-host Dana Perino said that the assignment was probably written by an "Occupy Wall Street grad student."
Bolling made one last appeal to parents to check their children's textbooks, particularly their history books. He said he was once looking through his child's history textbook and read a section on the war in Iraq. "They were very, very liberally biased, saying George Bush went in there because he heard there were weapons of mass destruction and they were never found. It was a very liberal bias to the history books," Bolling said.
Considering that the CIA admitted that we entered Iraq under bad intelligence regarding WMDs, it might be safe to admit that history has a liberal bias in this case.
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