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  •  I think you should rename it to: (4.00)
    "The Jeff Gannon Controversy: A Primer for the Press or Beginners"

    Make it real easy and simple for newbies....

    I did not receive $ from Ketchum, U.S. Department of Ed or HHS to write this---though I wish I had.

    by Volvo Liberal on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 07:43:41 PM PST

    •  Many Thanks..... (4.00)
      Who said this isn't a democracy?

      "Off we go into the Wild New Yonder"

      by NYBri on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 08:07:43 PM PST

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    •  Or rename it (none)
      How the New Media Works
    •  The Name (none)
      I know I am late on this -- had to get my child to school, but I really think the current name is really insulting to the press and therefore will not advance our agenda.  To compare the press to beginners (although perhaps true) will not be perceived as helpful, but as arrogant -- the general slam on the left.  

      Simply, "A Primer" would, it seems, be better.

      If I am too late, sorry for the intrusion....

      •  Blowing it in the home stretch (none)
        I agree with the remarks on the tone of the title.  The 'in your face MSM' tone is apparent and not professional.  

        Tremendous amounts of research and coordination went into this effort, and is IMHO, offset by the tone of the title.  Exuberance is not a vice.  All involved should be commended for their work.  A straight forward title would have been more effective.  I know.  I have a great deal of experience shooting myself in the foot.

        •  Title (none)
          YES! to Groggy and Immam...

          Also, rather than 'Williams admitted that "there are others"' I would suggest that "Williams alledged.."  is a more accurate statement.

          And is anyone on Kos finding out who the others might be?

          •  I agree (none)
            that there is a self-congratulatory tone that makes it sound less professional as a press release.

            Plus it doesn't mention efforts on other blogs which also furthered the story.

            Other than that, I think it is concise and to the point.

            thanks for the hard work.

            Never underestimate people. They do desire the cut of truth. Natalie Goldberg

            by Carolyn on Sat Feb 12, 2005 at 05:47:25 AM PST

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      •  "beginners, newbies, etc" (none)
        I don't think it sounds insulting personally. I think the reference to beginners is great because it opens the door for excited newcomers to come into the world of activist blogging. I'm kind of new, so the word beginner makes me feel as if I too can be part of this movement. Just a thought....regards.
      •  Good point! (none)
        An alternative word that the press is fond of is BRIEF or BREIFING.
      •  The Name (none)
        My only quibble w/ "Primer" in the title is its inaccuracy.  The press doesn't lack the knowledge or resources to pursue such stories on their own.  Rather, they lack the courage.  

        To expose a possible shill for the President masquerading as a reporter requires some nerve.  If the press lacked the integrity to possibly save lives by questioning the administration's fraudulent WMD claims, why would it trouble itself with someone seemingly lobbing softball questions to the President?  Such exposes tend to anger the powers that be and that could affect the media's bottom line.  

        So this is not a matter about the press being inept or ill equipped.  It's a matter about courage and integrity.  That's what should be reflected in the title.

    •  newbies at the NYT (none)
      NYT disposed on the Talon/Gannon story today in a few column inches tucked away on the bottom of page A20.

      The only way you would stumble across the story would be if you followed the jump on the class action lawsuit story.

      Although it's one step up from running on Saturday, getting placed at the bottom right of page A20 right before he weekend is not an auspicious beginning.

      Katharine Q. Seelye, who wrote the NYT story, is cleary is need of instruction on how to proceed.

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