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Webcams vs. TV news aka Real News vs. Speculative Blather


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There's a fascinating article about the recent crisis in Ferguson, Missouri in today's Los Angeles Times... in the Calendar section of all places. It compares and contrasts webcams points of view and TV news coverage of identical events. Per the author of the article, Robert Lloyd, "The news is by necessity, even by definition, exclusionary. But by triple-underlining the most notable or exciting aspects of a story — the "dramatic" elements..." it decides things for the viewer.

In other words, a stationary camera allows the onlooker to scrutinize details and activities beyond the flashy headlines.

TV news runs and reruns the most memorable or sensational clips ad nauseam, while webcams capture reality as it unfolds, impartially, albeit limited by its angle and vantage point. Details become focal points, if the audience is patient enough to notice them.

Sometimes the camera looked up the street and sometimes it looked down, but in either case it sat and looked. [...] Obviously, if you want to understand what's been happening in Ferguson, you need more than a Web stream. But it offers another way of looking at things and, in some ways, a more profound one.

The news is by necessity, even by definition, exclusionary. But by triple-underlining the most notable or exciting aspects of a story — the "dramatic" elements — the media also deform the reality they report upon...

Regular readers know that one of my pet peeves is media coverage, with all the endless speculation and misinformation out there, often just to boost ratings. And don't get me started on empty time-filling convos. Robert Lloyd pointed out a mutual gripe-- mind reading:

TV news cuts things up, cuts away and litters the screen with boxes and text and throws up a wall of speculating talking heads to clot the air with opinion, speculation and mind-reading.

Wolf Blitzer to Jake Tapper, on CNN, outside Brown's funeral: "I'm sure the Brown family is pleased that three officials from the White House have decided to attend this funeral today, right?"

Tapper: "I'm sure they are."

He went on to describe the contrast between Michael Brown's funeral service as depicted in select TV clips vs. observing the ceremony in real time from beginning to end, followed by a constant and objective video feed following mourners to the cemetery, including the surroundings. It can be more enlightening to watch the tedious but unblinking coverage by webcams than dramatic cable news sound bites that interpret developments for us.

As Lloyd put it, webcams continued to record what happened after the funeral: "Life went on." But we'll never see footage of that on TV.


Hannity’s (Re Ferguson) ‘Let Me Educate You’ Rant and Rave



Cenk Uygur, of The Young Turks, properly found Hannity’s (Ferguson) ‘Let Me Educate You’ rant and rave a slosh condescending. They do satirical skewering withsuch stealth and humor.

Sean Hannity’s Live high-handed and dismissive debacle of a segment of Ferguson Committeewoman Patricia Bynes airtime earlier this week. Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur took justifiable offense.

BFF's Hannity and Rick Perry is a nauseating pact from the divvel'.


From Newshounds.

I think Uygur hit all the right points here. Hannity's shockingly condescending treatment of his guest, his bias on behalf of Police Officer Darren Wilson, and his disregard for the concerns of the protesters.

Cartoon, the inimitible Horsey of the LA Times

Cartoon, the inimitible Horsey of the LA Times

For background, Rachel Maddow's take on the Front Lines in the GOP War on Women.





The Hannity sputum interview about Ferguson is below.


Cliff Notes: "NRA only worried about the civil rights of white people." #Ferguson


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My dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter, has a new post up; Cliff has given me permission to share his work with you, so I’ll give you the latest edition of what I call Cliff Notes.

He skewers better than a chef at Smokey Joe’s BBQ. He’s sharper than the point on Sarah Palin’s pin head.

Here are a few excerpts from his latest, with permission. Please read the whole thing, because he has way more than I’ve included here. Kudos are in order; MSNBC's Alex Wagner gave Cliff and this article a shout out and some well-deserved attention. It's about the hypocrisy of the NRA and their apparent disdain for the civil rights of Ferguson residents. Well, some of them, anyway.

Here are a few bits and pieces, bu please link over for the entire post:

The National Rifle Association has been warning us about the threat of a heavily-armed and dangerous government crushing dissent for decades.  [...]

Their dystopian nightmare sounds exactly like what’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri.

Yet somehow, the NRA seems to have missed the whole thing with the SWAT teams and the tank-like vehicles and the snipers and the LRAD sound cannon and the tear gas and the rubber bullets being trained on unarmed Americans. [...]

If I were suspicious of their motives--and I am--I might point out that when I visited their 9 acres of militarized gun-fun also known as their convention in Indianapolis, I saw fewer black faces than in your average episode of The Dukes of Hazzard. I'd also point out that LaPierre blows just about every tune he knows on his dog whistle, when warning his membership of the horrors confronting them during this period when violent crime has fallen to its lowest level in a generation [...]

The National Rifle Association often claims it is "America's longest standing civil rights organization" but apparently these minor issues were more important than the murder of an unarmed teen by a policeman, and the subsequent attacks by a militarized force on unarmed Americans in a U.S. city. It is the exact nightmare the NRA has been predicting. And yet, the NRA professes no kinship for those being crushed beneath the jackboots. It seems the NRA is only worried about the civil rights of white people.

Please read the entire post at The Daily Beast, here.


President Obama Publicly Turns Up the Volume on ISIL and Ferguson


Reality ClayBennett, ChattanoogaTimes

Dude got Bin Laden,  never bury the headline on that, fellow liberals.

President Obama has feck to spare. As does Attorney General Eric Holder - he proved himself quite the crisis manager, diplomat and calming influence already, and we can clearly expect to have justice happen in Ferguson.

thanks, obama

It oft feels, deeply felt in fact, the Legendary Brass Top o' the neocon military (and militia) have permanently scheduled wet dreams about their goal of a Military Industry Complex Renaissance. Going to be all solved with absurd number ofbullets and money pouring in, don't you know?

From Rachel Maddow, a pair of tremendous segments. Finally(!) some coverage of the possibly - allegedly - certainly wry as can be , Doctor GFY. Would have seemed an amusement had the threatening man not have been wearing both combat gear and the power he felt surging through his veins.

And this gem:

The Last Word with Lawrence acquired fine footage as well.

As always, don your complimentary Orvis Waders and grab a large sized Method™ Troll Spray - we're going into FVX and it ain't pretty. Ferguson has the network on High Hysteria from morning to night.


I've never seen Hannity so smug and dismissive, and 's a big list of incidences. And to hype the absurd theory that it was actually Brown's crime. That was a WTF moment heard round the global airwaves, because Fox Noise needs a binder full of fact checkers.

The more feck the better.

Secretary Kerry has said that ISIL must be destroyed and will be crushed. The West Wing got some juicing going on in a cloakroom somewhere ? We may have looked, today, a micro-amount less idiotic as a nation than has been the norm.

John Oliver will have it translated, unpacked and given the perfect soupçon of Oliver very, very soon.

Andddddddd … truly 'tis all about power. Financial peaks are good for impressing your neighbors/family and really seeing a lot more of their clan.