Recipe on the flip...
Here's the story:
I am an ex-Coast Guard petty officer, 1970-1976. The Coast Guard changed my life. I still act in emergency with skill and speed, due to my training. I get shivers when I see the CG heli fly by. So all this bullshit from the White House, FEMA, and especially the Dept. Homeland Security has pissed me off.
If you go to the Coast Guard's Katrina web page, you will see that the CG was in action on Aug 29, flying supplies into staging areas and flying search and rescue missions. They started flying and rescuing as soon as the wind was low enough to fly and get the boats underway.
Yeah, I get tired of more discussion about how to get our frames in line and how we need to understand the real evil nature of the GOP and we should understand our goals and blah blah blah...
And the key thing is: we are still getting killed in the marketplace. We need to pay attention and figure out what to do!
I'm an old marketing guy with a lot of wins and losses in the marketplace. In the Tech business I've bested Intel for marketshare and in turn Intel has destroyed me. Marketing is war using words, images, and perception.
We are involved in a political battle for the hearts and minds of our customers and for the domination of specific target markets.
It's called Assumptive Branding.
The author discusses a number of reasons why photos haven't been published, then puts this war's photo publishing record in context with US wars back to the beginning of photography and the Civil War.
"Writing in a headline that 1,500 Americans have died doesn't give you nearly the impact of showing one serviceman who is dead," Van Hemmen said. "It's the power of visuals."
I'm in my business for an hour on a typical Sunday morning and one of my customers, a successful small-business woman who still has her Bush sticker on her Range Rover, comes by to pick up some product. We were talking as small business people often do about expenses and bookkeeping and taxes and worker's comp and labor. It's loading-dock therapy: small business people have almost no one else who understands what is causing the stress in their life--except other small business people.
Anyway, she makes this blanket statement that "of course ALL business people are Republicans".
"No", I reply.
"You're not?" she asks, sounding shocked.
LA Times Calendar section today has an article by Ned Martel covering the new president of CNN/US and his plans to reinvigorate CNN and cut Fox's huge ratings lead.
And that is clearly what this is about: RATINGS. This is not about news, or rather, it's about news, but clearly within the context and overriding concern with ratings.
For instance, here's Klein's take on Fox:
Pardon me while I run to the bathroom. Ugh.
The LA Times published John from Americablog's commentary in their Sunday experimental column that "invites outside critics to slap around" the Times.
Excellent writing. And yet the Times STILL hasn't answered our questions. The editor told me he hoped his article would answer the questions which basically ask "why?" (It didn't--it didn't even try.) Why doesn't this paper cover this story? Is it the sex? The politics? The conservative nature of the ownership? The fear of LA readership demographics? What?
So, after wading through this morning's paper and reading about the latest speculation on the Academy Awards, several articles on producers and stars, several articles on State politics, and of course the usual in-depth coverage of the Lakers and the Nisson Open, I finally wrote The Letter. I mean, this paper can waste over half a page on Dodger and Angel reports from spring training!
I'm not holding my breath for a response, and I have no illusions that this is an important diary. I'm tired of waiting for this paper to do their job, so like that Kos'er that wrote his paper in Houston, I'll write a letter.
As I recall it was well-covered by the press, and though many articles were negative, it served to show Americans of all ages and colors united against the war and Nixon's policies. It worked.
But I hadn't read it. Duh.
So you can go here to see a summary, and here to read the thing.
Even though Edward J. "Ted" Costa (the author of the governor recall) is behind it, I just don't see anything bad here. It seems like it addresses what it needs to address, in a fair and balanced way.
This initative might just be a good model for the country...
Your mileage may of course vary and please post if it does.
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